Histon Road

Latest update

Histon Road will fully reopen to all traffic by 6pm on Thursday 30 September 2021

This means that motor traffic will be able to use the inbound lane along the whole of Histon Road.

The remaining work to finish the project can be managed safely by the combination of temporary traffic lights and the final set of planned overnight closures.

Overnight closures between 8pm and 6am on the section between the Gilbert Road junction and the Kings Hedges Road junction will continue until 8 October.

Some temporary local traffic light will also be needed to finish the scheme.

A diversion route via the A14, Milton Road and Victoria Road will be in place for the final set of overnight closures

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Current Status

A diversion remains in place for inbound motorists travelling to the city from the A14. This diversion is via the A14, Milton Road and Victoria Road is signposted from the A14. 

We are continuing to work on the Gilbert Road junction. To allow the junction to remain open to traffic we can only work on half the junction at a time. 

We have started to install the tabletop crossings, like those installed at the Akeman Street junction, at Roseford Road and Chancellors Walk. Access to both these roads will be maintained while we do this work.

The last remaining resurfacing works between Gilbert Road junction and Brownlow Road are due to take place in September. Once we know the exact dates, we will write to residents and post information on social media and our website.

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)


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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