This page provides a brief history of the Histon Road scheme and further background information. For the latest details and updates on the scheme, please see the main project page.
Histon Road is a key route into Cambridge from the A14 and surrounding villages. However, due to the economic and population growth in Cambridge, Histon Road now suffers from peak-time traffic congestion and delays, impacting on the ability of businesses to operate effectively, and on the lives of those who live, work, and travel along Histon Road. As a result, the Greater Cambridge (GCP) Partnership is looking to redesign Histon Road to encourage the use of public transport, reduce congestion and air pollution, whilst encouraging the continued economic growth of the Greater Cambridge area.
The Histon Road scheme supports the GCP’s transport vision of implementing improved public transport routes to encourage more people to use sustainable transport modes instead of the private car. This is part of a wider public transport strategy which aims to support the feasibility of delivering proposed housing and employment growth at Cambridge Northern Fringe, Ely, Cambridge Science Park, Northstowe and Waterbeach (collectively around 27,000 new homes and 9,800 new jobs between 2011 and 2031).
The key objectives for the scheme are as follows:
- Comprehensive priority for buses in both directions wherever practicable.
- Safer and more convenient routes for cycling and walking, segregated where practical and possible.
- Enhance the environment, streetscapes and air quality.
- Additional capacity for sustainable trips to employment and education sites.
- Increased bus patronage and new services
- Maintain or reduce general traffic levels.
FURTHER DEVELOPMENTS OF THE SCHEME
The final design for Histon Road was approved by the GCP Executive Board on 3 October 2019.
The Executive Board also approved the final budget estimate of £10m and agreed the award of the construction contract to Skanska under the terms of the Cambridgeshire County Council Highways Service Framework.
For more information on the Executive Board Meeting please see the papers of the meeting on the Cambridgeshire County Council website.
The scheme is currently in the detailed design phase.
WHY ARE CHANGES ON HISTON ROAD NEEDED?
Cambridge is the fastest growing city in the UK - bringing many benefits to those who live and work in the area. But its success has also led to an increase in traffic on routes into the city - including Histon Road, leading to peak-time traffic congestion, delays for commuters and affecting the quality of life for residents.
With the population of Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire expected to rise by up to 28% over the next decade, many thousands of extra journeys into and out of the city - to places of work, study and leisure can be expected.
The Histon Road scheme will help to accommodate these extra trips whilst upgrading the road to a safe, pleasant and connected community for local residents and businesses. To achieve this, the scheme aims to improve public transport journey times, as well as cycling and walking facilities, to encourage people to use sustainable modes of transport as an alternative to the car.