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).
The key objectives for the scheme are as follows:
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:
The GCP Executive Board will review proposals and authorisation will be requested to start construction.