Milton Road is a well-known and busy residential area in Cambridge which also acts as a key route between the city centre, the A14 and A10, as well as the nearby villages of Milton and Waterbeach.
As a key arterial route, Milton Road has been identified as vital to the local economy. However, current levels of peak-time traffic congestion threaten the continued economic growth of the local area. With the population of Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire expected to grow by around 28% over the next 15 years, improvements to Milton Road will need to be made to now, to accommodate the increasing number of journeys in the future.
The Milton Road project aims to improve public transport, cycle and walking infrastructure to make these sustainable travel options a more attractive alternative to the car, and to encourage the continued economic growth of Greater Cambridge, without harming existing communities, and the environment,
The Milton 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 project has the following key objectives:
- 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, streetscape and air quality.
- Additional capacity for sustainable trips to employment/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 final preliminary design that was approved by the GCP Exec Board in March 2019 can be found here.
The scheme is currently in the detailed design stage having already been through stage 1 which outlined the proposal for Milton Road.
The next stages of the Milton Road project can be found below:
Stage 2: June to August
- Undertake a number of surveys along the road over these months. Residents therefore may see lines being painted on Milton Road.
- Surveys include drainage CCTV, boreholes to assess the subsurface condition in pavements/footways/road, slit trenches, scanned survey of the, root surveys where required.
- Meeting with Stagecoach buses to discuss their operation relative to current proposals and identify any operational requirements in relation to bus stop infrastructure. Also discuss bus promotions during construction, to encourage greater P&R use for inbound commuters during the construction period.
Stage 3: September to October
- There will then be a period of several months where WSP will be undertaking extensive 3D design, alignments, adjustments, signal design etc.
- 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).
- During this period, a parking mitigation plan will be completed in combination with Cllr's and residents.
- A public art project will be explored over this period.
Stage 4: October to December
- Finalisation of the design
- Engagement with the LLF to:
- Present the final design of the landscape proposal
- Discuss the public art design
- Inform LLF of any changes & refinements to engineering proposals, that have occurred during the detailed design process
- Issue of Traffic Regulation Orders (Yellow Line Changes etc), which includes consultation as part of this statutory process.
Further information about Milton Road including the minutes of previous Local Liaison Forums and engagement events can be found on the Local Liaison Forum page here.