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This page provides a brief history of the Histon Road scheme and some key information which has informed the project since its inception. 

As a key route into Cambridge from the A14 and surrounding villages, Histon Road is seen as a key gateway for people who wish to access the city centre. But 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 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 Greater Cambridge Partnership’s (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).

A photograph of the view onto Histon Road junction, showing the traffic lights and junction island

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 development of the scheme

In 2018 the preferred option design was put out to public consultation. The findings from the consultation were used to develop various modifications in order to improve the scheme.

The resulting final preliminary design was approved by the GCP Executive Board in December 2018 and can be found here.

The scheme is currently in the detailed design phase. The programme below sets out the anticipated activities that will take place over the coming months:


  • Extensive 3D design, alignments, adjustments, sign design etc.
  • Development of construction traffic management plan by contractor.


  • Finalisation of the design 
  • Publication of Traffic Regulation Orders (Yellow Line Changes etc), which includes consultations as part of this statutory process. 
  • Procurement of a contractor to undertake the works. 
  • Letters to affected residents to inform them of proposed street lighting works & expected works on the highway boundary close to their property (Drop kerbs etc). 
  • Engagement with the LLF to: 
  • Discuss Construction Management plan. 
  • Present the final design of the landscape proposal.
  • Inform LLF of any changes & refinements to the engineering proposals, that have occurred during the detailed design process. 


The GCP Executive Board will review proposals and authorisation will be requested to start construction. 


  • The construction phase of Histon Road is currently anticipated to commence in November - December 2019, subject to timely procurement of a contractor. 
  • Residents to be informed of final agreed start date of work, phases of construction and duration of the works. 
  • Advertisements will be made in local news sources to inform the general public of the work being undertaken, timelines and road diversions during the construction period. 


Milton Road Histon Road Modelling Summary 01.12.16

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Milton Road Histon Road Draft Options Report 22.09.15

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Published on 26 Jun 2017

Milton Road Histon Road Options Assessment 02.01.15

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Published on 26 Jun 2017

Research Tidal Bus Lane Review

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Published on 26 Jun 2017

Research Bus Priority Measures

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Published on 26 Jun 2017

Research Tidal Flow Bus Lane Option Assessment

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Published on 26 Jun 2017

Transport and Road Research Laboratory Report

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Published on 26 Jun 2017