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 journeys, as well as cycling and walking facilities, to encourage people to use sustainable modes of transport as an alternative to the car.
- Bus priority measures including a bus lane and new floating bus stops
- Improved pedestrian and cycle facilities with cycle lanes raised from vehicular traffic by height and the use of the Cambridge kerb where possible
- The removal of some on-street parking to allow more road space for buses and cyclists
- Landscaping to areas where more greenery can be included
All improvements will be within the highway and do not require the purchase of private land. As part of the scheme, the Project Team has made a commitment to replace every tree which needs removing, and aims to increase the overall number of trees on Histon Road.
The scheme also aims to provide a 1.8m footpath throughout the length of Histon Road with a 1.4m minimum at pinch points. Raised cycle lanes will be up to 2m wide, and advisory cycle lanes up to 1.5m wide.
It is envisaged that the construction cost of Histon Road will be £6m.
Further information about the scheme and what is being proposed can be found by downloading a copy of the consultation brochure here.
Whether you live, work, or travel through the area, we are keen to hear your views.
You can have your say by completing the online survey. Alternatively, come along to one of our planned events and join in the conversation online #HistonRoad.
To contact the Partnership, email firstname.lastname@example.org, alternatively, you can call us on 01223 699906, or write to us at Greater Cambridge Partnership, SH1317, Shire Hall, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB3 0AP.
This consultation will close at 23:59 on Monday 2 July 2018. All responses will be collated and evaluated by Cambridgeshire County Council's Research Team. Once this work is complete, anonymised responses will be published. These responses will feed into the development of the final scheme.
Taking all of the supporting information and consultation responses into account, the Project Team will prepare a final design which the Greater Cambridge Partnership's Executive Board will decide how to proceed with.