A main artery in to and out of Cambridge, Hills Road is a key route that thousands of cyclists and pedestrians use to access local homes, schools and workplaces, including Addenbrooke's Hospital and the Cambridge Biomedical Campus.
This project will equip the highway infrastructure on Hills Road to better accommodate a larger number of cyclists and pedestrians. It will do this by improving crossing points at major junctions and better distinguish areas for motorised and non-motorised traffic.
The route will include:
The final design includes:
Throughout the planning process, local residents have been updated on traffic management measures and project timescales.
Information events have also been held for members of the community. A local stakeholder group meets regularly with the Project Team and contractors to discuss all aspects of the cycleway scheme and its delivery.
The Cross City Cycling scheme was awarded £8m of City Deal funding to complete all 5 projects.
Hills Road is a key route into Cambridge, including to and from expanding employment and healthcare services at the Cambridge Biomedical Campus.
The scheme will provide further safe and segregated cycle routes along Hills Road, new floating bus stops as well as a new Toucan crossing on Hills Road at the Addenbrooke’s roundabout.
The aim is to make cycling and walking safer and an alternative to the private vehicle whilst contributing to easing congestion in one of the busiest parts of the city.
The works include the removal of kerbs and roadside verges, the diversion of utilities and the construction of new raised cycle lanes (with the Cambridge kerb), new footways, a new floating bus stop and Toucan crossing.
People travelling to Addenbrooke’s from the city on foot will be able to use the closed section of Hills Road to walk to the hospital site.
Outbound cyclists heading to CBC should use either Adrian Way, Robinson Way or the shared-use path inbetween that leads to Puddicombe Way.
Alternatively they could turn off Hills Road before the Long Road junction and approach the hospital site via Luard Road and Sedley Taylor Road.
At the beginning of the closure, the shared-use foot/cycle way on the west side of Hills Road will remain in place whilst construction progresses on the opposite side of the road. In late July, when the works move over to the west side of the road, the shared-use facility will not be usable until construction is completed on that side.
The bus stop between Long Road and the Addenbrooke’s roundabout will be closed - outbound bus commuters can use the bus station at Addenbrooke’s hospital.
Outbound buses will follow the diversion via Queen Edith’s Way.
City-bound bus routes will be unaffected.
Residents living along the road closure section will have pedestrian and vehicle access to their homes at all times. We are still working with the contractor on the fine details and will be contacting local residents shortly with detailed information.
The road closure will be in operation 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Contractors will be off site after 22 September.