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 employment area.
To accommodate this growth, new and improved cycle infrastructure has been put in place along the nearby Green End Road. The scheme was formally opened by the Chair of the Greater Cambridge Partnership, Councillor Aiden van de Weyer on 4 July 2019.
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.
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.
A ribbon cutting was held on 4 July 2019 to mark the end of works.
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.