Busy times lay ahead for the North East area of Cambridge. It is already an employment hotspot containing the Science and Business parks, but it has recently seen the completion of the Cambridge North train station, creating a direct link to south Cambridge, London and Norwich. All of this activity is set to put extended pressure on an already popular transport link.
To accommodate for this, the project aims to provide safe and attractive cycle links, better connecting Cambridge with these facilities. The project has been divided into three phases:
Construction on Phase 2 of the project began in summer 2018.
This scheme is one of five Cross City Cycling schemes funded by the Greater Cambridge Partnership. Each scheme aims to improve walking and cycling links to schools and employment centres. The new routes will also help to reduce congestion and improve air quality, health and road safety.
We have now started work on the next phase of the project, linking the two other phases through the junction with Nuffield Road. Due to a lack of consensus on the proposals we are not undertaking any works within Nuffield Road itself, beyond the immediate junction. Our works will include tightening up the junction to reduce speeds and the installation of a zebra crossing south of the junction.
To enable the installation of belisha beacons at the new zebra crossing we need to widen the footway by just over half a metre into the park for a short section. The iron railings will be set back and a small area of vegetation and two small trees will be removed. An ecologist will be on site to ensure there are no birds nesting in the trees and we are liaising with the City Council on mitigation measures including the provision of two new trees for the park.
City Fibre and UKPN are doing some works in the area at the same time as us so we are cooperating closely with them so that we can minimise disruption. We aim to complete all of the works by the beginning of July.
In order to undertake resurfacing and lining we will need to close the road from south of Green Park to north of Kendal Way (so Sherbourn Close and Nuffield Road will be access only) for 2 nights during the week commencing 24th June as below:
Overnight between Monday 24 and Tuesday 25 June - 7:00pm – 6:00am
Overnight between Wednesday 26 and Thursday 27 - 7:00pm - 6:00am
Please note - these closures begin an hour earlier than previously advised in letter drops, due to remedial drainage work that is required.
Residents will be able to access their property throughout the closure, although there may be a short wait if contractors are working on an area that they need to cross.
Following this there will be temporary lights from 8am – 5pm to resurface the footways and then we will need to undertake the resurfacing of the cycleways on Sunday 30th June which will also require temporary traffic lights again, 8am – 5pm.
Photos of new cycling infrastructure on Green End Road
A view of raised traffic calming, with a cyclist passing on the far side of the road.
A cyclist is using the Green End road cycle lane, pulling a child's trailer behind their cycle.
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. This formed part of the overall consultation process for the Cross City Cycling scheme.
This project is funded as part of the Cross City Cycling scheme which has a total budget of £8 million.
In Phase 2 of the project there are a number of trees that have caused significant damage to the pavement and road. This has created a poor uneven surface making travel by foot and cycle in places difficult. Some trees have also struggled to gain a healthy amount of growth since they have been planted. .
In preparing for this scheme certain trees will be removed and replaced in different locations. This will make room for the incoming cycle scheme. The new trees will also be planted with a generously sized well protected root cell system that will enable to grow effectively after planting.
Green End Road is part of a highly popular commuter route for people working at the Science and Business Parks. Nuffield Road is expected to become incorporated in to this busy network, linking up the Cambridge North Station when it opens. This project will ensure that high quality cycling infrastructure will continue to make cycling and walking an attractive choice for residents and visitors alike.
The County Council have issued a Traffic Regulation Order that will create double yellow lines within the majority of the cycle lanes along Green end road which come under the first phase of works. Where this hasn’t been possible 2 hours maximum stay parking restrictions have been put in place.
The parking on Green End Road will be monitored over time as the Cambridge North station grows in popularity. If there is an increase in 'undesirable' parking then a review of the Traffic Regulation Order my be made and more double yellow lines may be created.