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.
Given the proximity and similarities between Histon Road and Milton Road, the two schemes were developed in tandem. However, following an initial consultation in the winter of 2015/16, it was decided that the two schemes would be developed separately.
The consultation which took place in the winter of 2015/16 looked at two options for Histon Road, a 'Do Maximum' and 'Do Minimum' option. Further information about these can be found below.
- DO MAXIMUM
The 'Do Maximum' option looked at wide ranging measures for Histon Road which would improve journey times, reduce congestion and increase the usage of public transport.
Such measures included:
- DO MINIMUM
The 'Do Minimum' option on the other hand looked at a smaller range of measures for Histon Road which would assist journey times but without incorporating major changes.
Such measures included, extending cycle lanes and bus lane, as well as improving the general landscape of Histon Road.
Further development of the scheme
Following public feedback and the responses to the original consultation, it was decided that the 'Do Maximum' option would be carried forward, but with the exception of banning right-turns and widening the highway. Therefore, the scheme would aim to improve public transport journey times and encourage cycling and walking journeys while reducing congestion, but without limiting vehicle movements and the purchasing of private property.
These proposals have been the subject to further public engagement and design work by the Project Team, and are now being put forward for public consultation.
Further information about the current scheme including how to have your say during the consultation period can be found on the Histon Road project page here.
Further information about Histon Road including the minutes of previous Local Liaison Forums can be found on the Local Liason Forum page here.
Some original background documents to the Histon Road scheme can be found below.