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 starts on Monday 4 June.
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.
Construction on the second phase of the project on Green End Road, between Milton Road and Nuffield Road, starts on Monday 4 June and will continue until the late autumn.
The work is scheduled to take place between 8am-5pm, Monday to Friday, along with occasional weekend working. Temporary traffic lights will be used for some of the works to provide a safe space for workers.
Residents will have pedestrian and vehicle access to their properties throughout the construction works. On rare occasions, some access may be limited and the contractor will be in touch on a daily basis with those affected.
In the New Year, we will be working on the western side of Green End Road from south of Scarsdale Close to Milton Road, this will require further temporary traffic lights. As part of the work at the junction with Scarsdale Close, there will be no access into and out of the road for one weekend (tentatively the 26 - 27 January).
Due to difficulties with tree roots and relocation of utilities we are no longer intending to carry out the resurfacing on Green End Road during October Half term. To minimise disruption this work will now be undertaken in the new year, possibly during February half term week.
We apologise for any inconvenience these works may cause.
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.
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.