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)
Histon Road closure letter 11 June 2020

Published on 11 Jun 2020


Current Status

The current works on Histon Road are progressing well with Phase A improvements at the junction with Victoria Road and Huntingdon Road. We are now progressing to the next phase which will require us to close Histon Road to inbound motor traffic for the duration of the construction. This closure will help to complete the works in a shorter period of time

Latest Update

Improvements between Victoria Road junction and Gilbert Road junction continue. The road is currently being widened in places to offer wider segregated cycle lanes, providing a safer experience for all road users.

Pedestrian crossing paving has been laid for the crossing at Gilbert Close. Temporary ramps have been placed to assist in crossing for pedestrians in the meantime.

Works begin on the bus stop on the Eastern side of Histon Road. The floating bus stop will be like those found on Huntingdon Road where the cycle lane runs unimpeded behind an island, reducing the conflict between bus and cycle traffic.

Please visit the project's construction page for more details.

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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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