The Greater Cambridge Partnership is creating a package of ‘quick wins’ to improve road safety, reduce congestion and enhance the city region’s cycling network.
Most of these improvements are small-scale projects located within highways boundaries, as a result improvements can be delivered quickly.
The ‘quick wins’ expected to be delivered by the end of 2020 include resurfacing, junction safety upgrades, new crossing points and more cycle storage at Babraham Road Park & Ride.
Yarrow Road, Cherry Hinton - completed
The Yarrow Road footpath, between Fulbourn Road and just past the Tesco crossing, has been replaced with a 3.5m wide shared use foot/cycleway; the side road corners have been tightened and crossings improved (including visibility for all users). The Pelican crossing to Tesco’s (west of the Tesco roundabout) has been upgraded to a Toucan crossing for pedestrians and cyclists to use. Two new bus stops were also added at the request of residents to improve access to the Citi 1 service.
Stapleford to Sawston – Phase 1 completed
This is a route from Stapleford to Sawston which is heavily used by local residents and school children during term time. The path has been sided out, resurfaced and given new edgings to increase the width of the path, improve existing conditions and reduce encroaching vegetation. A small stretch outside Sawston Village College along New Road was also resurfaced to rejuvenate the existing degrading path which is heavily used by school children.
Willingham to the Busway - completed
The existing path from Willingham to the busway is of acceptable width. However, some of this width is restricted due to vegetation growth. A process of cutting back the paths vegetation has been completed.
There has also been an improvement of signage along the route to reduce conflict between users passing each other.
Rampton to the Busway - completed
The Reynolds Drove byway between Rampton and the existing busway track is a well-used track for commuters, leisure cyclists and walkers and agricultural traffic. As part of the Greenways aim to improve village connections to the busway, resurfacing of the drove has been undertaken, which has improved the surface for non-motor users and is a starting point for future local connections as developments such as Northstowe take shape in the area.
Girton/Oakington to the Busway - completed
This existing path along New Road links the villages of Girton and Oakington to the Busway. Some of the path width was restricted by vegetation growth, so siding out and vegetation cutting back has been completed alongside other improvements including resurfacing or widening as necessary. The shared use path along the main Oakington Road/Cambridge Road between Girton and Oakington, including the junction with New Road, has also been improved.
Comberton to Barton - completed
The existing path between Comberton and Barton is used frequently by commuters and school children attending Comberton Village College. Throughout Greenways early engagement, many responders expressed a desire for this path to be improved. The path has been widened and may form a possible Greenway in the future.
Renewal of Solar Studs - completed
A network of solar studs was introduced around the County some years ago. Many of these are coming to the end of their life span. Some of the locations where the studs have been renewed will include Cottenham to Histon, Horningsea to Fen Ditton and Melbourn to Harston.
Wadloes Path, Fen Ditton - completed
Throughout engagement and consultation processes, Fen Ditton Parish Council, together with the Project Team, has identified Wadloes Path in Fen Ditton as in need of improvement.
For more information on Ditton Lane improvements, please click here.
New path edgings, new bollards, signage and new stud lighting will be put in as part of the widening works. Benches will be relocated to the back of the widened path
Road Resurfacing (Fen Road, Milton; Cambridge Road, Milton; Walnut Tree Avenue, Cambridge) - ongoing
Several roads have been identified as candidates for improvement. These are roads that would not otherwise be resurfaced imminently by other council teams whose improvement would benefit those using for commute leisure purposes. Stourbridge Common and Riverside are being costed at present.
Cottenham to Oakington - ongoing
Residents of Cottenham and Oakington have highlighted a need for improved cycle facilities between the two villages. Options surrounding an off road route along Oakington Road are currently under preliminary designs.
In addition to these initial quick wins, we will be creating and improving even more walking and cycling routes as part of our Greater Cambridge Greenways scheme.
The ‘Greenways’ consist of 12 different cycle, walking and where possible equestrian routes that connect surrounding villages with the city. They will open up routes for travelling sustainably, reduce congestion and encourage modal shift out of the motor vehicle.
These routes have been developed with help from local residents and cycling user groups. All routes will go through public consultation and ongoing engagement before final designs are created.
You can find more information about the Greenways on their webpage.