Histon Road

Project Summary

The Histon Road project aims to provide better bus, walking and cycling facilities for those travelling on this busy key route into Cambridge.

Key Benefits/Goals

As a key route into and out of Cambridge, The Greater Cambridge Partnership is looking at a range of measures to improve journeys along Histon Road, these measures will:

  • Improve the speed and reliability of public transport journeys
  • Help to reduce levels of peak-time congestion
  • Provide a safer and more convenient environment for cycling and walking journeys
  • Enhance the environment, street-scene and air quality
  • Provide additional capacity for sustainable trips to employment and education sites
  • Help increase the levels of people using sustainable modes of transport
A view of ongoing roadworks on Histon Road in 2020, with traffic cones and new tarmac laid
Proposed changed to Histon Road (please see the consultation leaflet below for larger version of map and description for each item)
Brownlow Road to Kings Hedges - Resurfacing

Published on 08 Jul 2021

Resurfacing Histon - Murketts to Gilbert

Published on 08 Jul 2021


Current Status

Work has now started on improvements to the Gilbert Road which, when completed, will make the junction much safer for cyclists and pedestrians. We have installed temporary traffic lights and other traffic control measures so that we can do the work safely and are monitoring the impact of these temporary traffic lights on queuing traffic levels.

Latest Update

We will be resurfacing two more sections of the road in July and will be closing the road overnight (8pm to 6am) while this work is carried out. We will be resurfacing between Murkett’s Garage and Gilbert Road Junction between the 13th and 19th July, and then from Brownlow Road to Kings Hedges Road between 20th and 26th July. We would ask for residents to help by parking their vehicle away from this area and ensure they do not obstruct the cycle lane or footpath in any way.

There will be signed diversion routes in place during these closures and Stagecoach will advise of changes to the bus routes nearer the time. We apologise in advance if you experience some noise during the hours of 8pm to 6am while we undertake this work and for any inconvenience caused. Letters will be sent to all homes affected by the closure.

We are putting in a ‘rain garden’ at the junction of Akeman Street, which is designed to both help with the drainage of the road and improve the greenery in the area. One garden is complete and ready for the planting of trees and shrubbery and we are continuing work on the remaining three smaller sections. New pavement and cycle lanes have been finished between Gilbert Road junction and Carisbrooke Road on the Western side and are open for use.

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The Histon Road project consists of:

  • Bus lanes, bus priority and bus stops: The project will improve bus priority on Histon Road by providing an inbound bus lane from Blackhall Road to Carisbrooke Road. This will help reduce bus journey times during the morning rush hour and improve reliability. The scheme will also provide new bus stop bypasses for cyclists and slight optimisation of bus stop locations.
  • Cycling and Walking: The scheme will provide high quality cycling and pedestrian infrastructure including improved cycle lanes along the length of Histon Road and an innovative “protected junction” design at the Gilbert Road/Warwick Road junction. In addition, two new pedestrian crossings will be installed – one near to Carisbrooke Road and the other near Victoria Road. Another crossing will be relocated to help link Akeman Street and the main shopping area on Histon Road.
  • Removal of On-Street Parking: Delivering highway improvements in the narrow southern section of Histon Road requires the removal of current on-street parking. The pay and display parking bays will be moved to Linden Close.
  • Landscape and Environment: The scheme includes new landscape designs for the Akeman Street junction, Gilbert Road-Warwick Road junction and the junctions with Brownlow Road and Blackhall Road. Landscaping mitigation measures have also been agreed with residents to provide a new 3m high ‘living’ fence and associated tree planting between Brownlow Road and Blackhall Road, replacing the existing hedgerow that screens a number of gardens on the outbound side of the road.

Image Gallery

Proposed changes to Histon Road (please see the consultation leaflet for larger version of map and description for each item)

A composite image showing a computer generated visualisation of how the proposed changes would look on the street, overlaid onto an actual photograph of the location. This image shows the cycle lanes in use, with a cyclist coming towards the camera.
Histon Road Artists Impression 1
Histon Road Consultation Brochure 2018

Published on 11 Nov 2019


Local Liaison Forums provide for regular dialogue between the project team and members of the local community during the course of any major transport project, ensuring interested parties are kept informed and can continue to have their say outside of formal consultation processes.

LLFs are chaired by local councillors and are open to the public.

More information and papers can be found on the Histon Road LLF page.

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