Work is set to start on January 5 on two schemes in the Huntingdon Road and Castle Street area to improve cycling and upgrade traffic lights at one of Cambridge's busiest junctions.
The Cambridgeshire County Council scheme include creating a Â£625,000 2.1m wide cycleway along the city bound side of Huntingdon Road to make it safer and easier for cyclists.
Along Huntingdon Road, a part segregated and part raised cycleway will be built between Girton Road and Richmond Road. Floating bus stops so riders are separated from buses and traffic will also be introduced and a crossing for cyclists.
These works will take place off-peak from 9.30am to 3.30pm. Traffic management with cones and sometimes temporary traffic lights will be necessary during these times to create a safe working area. Some weekend closures of three side roads, Girton Road, Thornton Road and Oxford Road, will also be necessary to enable the works to be carried out with the least disruption to motor traffic. Exact details and diversion routes will be advertised nearer the time. Whenever possible a cycle lane will be kept open throughout the road works. The new cycleway will be completed in the summer.
A separate scheme will also start at the junction of Northampton Street/Castle Street/Chesterton Lane and Magdalene Street in Cambridge from January 5.
The scheme will include the replacement of the aging traffic signal equipment, but also include improvements to the junction to aid pedestrians and cyclists.
The junction will now have an all round pedestrian stage, with controlled crossings across Chesterton Lane and Northampton Street. The remote crossing on Northampton Street will subsequently be removed.
Providing authorisation is received from the Department for Transport, the Council plans to install advanced green cycle filters (as per the Catholic Church junction). This will give cyclists an advanced green before full traffic phase receives their green.
The scheme also includes increasing the size of the advanced cycle stop line on Castle Street to accommodate more cyclists.
Work on the lights are expected works to last approximately 10 to 12 weeks. Temporary traffic lights will be required between Monday to Friday, off peak. However, these will be monitored throughout.
Councillor Noel Kavanagh, the County's Cycling Champion said: "The new cycleways will be a step forward for cycle infrastructure in Cambridge and encourage more people to get on their bike. The separate scheme to upgrade the lights will also have a safety benefit for cyclists with the proposed introduction of the advance green cycle filter. We apologise for the disruption while these works are carried out but the result will mean much safer facilities for pedestrians and cyclists."
The new cycleway is being funded by a Â£4.1m grant Cambridgeshire County Council secured from the Department for Transport's Cycle City Ambition Fund.
The aim of the Cycle City Ambition Fund is to provide separate cycle lanes on the main roads into the city and to create good quality cycleways to employment areas in South Cambridgeshire.