Experimental Traffic Regulation Orders

How Experimental Traffic Regulation Orders work

An Experimental Traffic Regulation Order (ETRO) is like a Permanent Traffic Regulation Order - it is a legal document which imposes traffic and parking restrictions. We use ETROs to see if a scheme will work in practice.

An ETRO can stay in force for up to a maximum of 18 months while the effects are monitored and assessed. We welcome feedback throughout the process, however, formal objections to the order must be made in the first six months of it coming into force.

If changes to an ETRO are made, six months are allowed for objection from the date those changes came into operation. A decision on whether the changes introduced as part of the ETRO will be removed or made permanent must be made within 18 months of an order coming into force.

There is opportunity for anyone to feedback comments on specific schemes. The decision to make a scheme permanent will follow our formal decision making process.

Emergency Active Travel Fund

To support the recovery from Coronavirus, the Government is driving forward a programme to put in place temporary walking and cycling schemes to help people get out and socially distance.

Through the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority, we have secured money from the Government’s Emergency Active Travel Fund to implement temporary changes to the public highway, such as:

  • Pop-up cycle lanes
  • Wider pavements
  • Safer junctions
  • Bus-only routes

The Government has relaxed certain legislation and guidance in order to enable a faster delivery of walking and cycling schemes. We have worked with the city and district councils to prepare a list of schemes which can be delivered over the coming weeks to support the recovery from Coronavirus. These schemes will be implemented as Experimental Traffic Regulation Orders (ETROs).

Visit our Coronavirus walking and cycling schemes page for more information about the project.


Mill Road, Cambridge - Bus Gate Experimental Order 2020

This order prohibits all motor vehicles from using Mill Road Bridge in the City of Cambridge except for local buses and pedal cycles. Closing date for comment was 24 December 2020.

Mill Road, Cambridge Experimental Order71KBpdf
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Mill Road, Cambridge Notice14KBpdf
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Mill Road, Cambridge Statement of Reasons11KBpdf
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Mill Road, Cambridge Plan357KBpdf
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Bell Hill, Histon - One-Way Traffic Experimental Order 2020

This order restricts traffic, except for cycles, to one-way on Bell Hill, Histon in a south-westerly direction. The effects of this order will come into effect on 10 August 2020 and the closing date for comment was 10 February 2021.

Please note that Winders Lane, Histon was originally part of this order and is described on the documents relating to this order, but is no longer going ahead following further discussion with stakeholders.

PR0649 - One-Way Traffic Experimental Order - Sealed76KBpdf
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PR0649 - Press Notice110KBpdf
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PR0649 - Statement of reasons9KBpdf
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PR0649 - Plan1.2MBpdf
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Silver Street, Cambridge - Bus Gate Experimental Order 2020

This order will extend the hours of operation of the bus gate in Silver Street, Cambridge to all hours of the day on all days. Closing date for comment was 24 February 2021.

Silver Street Bus Gate Notice14KBpdf
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Silver Street Bus Gate Sealed Order86KBpdf
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Various Streets, Cambridge - Prohibition of Driving Experimental Order 2020

This order will prohibit the driving of motor vehicles on lengths of road in Cambridge to support social distancing and to create lower trafficked routes to encourage walking and cycling. Closing date for comment was 12 February 2021.

Various Streets - Prohibition of Driving Notice - Phase 117KBpdf
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Various Streets - Prohibition of Driving Sealed Order174KBpdf
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Station Road, Ely - Prohibition of Waiting Experimental Order 2020

The effect of this order will be to revoke the limited waiting parking restriction on the northeast side of Station Road, Ely from a point 47 metres southeast of its junction with Broad Street to a point 83 metres southeast of the same junction and install double yellow lines in its place.

We have made this order in response to the Covid-19 emergency. Removal of the car parking has been proposed to provide a safer route to the station for cyclists who are currently pinched where the available carriageway narrows to accommodate the parking bays.

Closing date for comment is 19 April 2021.

PR0662 Order Plan60KBpdf
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PR0662 Statement of Reasons11KBpdf
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PR0662 Draft ETRO25KBpdf
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PR0662 Press Notice18KBpdf
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City of Cambridge (Birdwood Road, Norfolk Street and St Thomas's Road) (Pedestrian and Cycle Zone) Experimental Order 2021

This order creates a pedestrian and cycle zone on Birdwood Road and St Thomas Road during the times 8am to 9am and 3pm to 4pm and on Norfolk Street during the times 8.30am to 9.30am and 2.45pm to 3.30pm. The purpose of this order is to enable the authority to trial such schemes and test their efficacy.

Closing date for comment is 12 October 2021.

Birdwood Road Plan256KBpdf
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Norfolk Street Plan227KBpdf
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Birdwood Road Norfolk Street St Thomas's Road - Statement of Reasons58KBpdf
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Birdwood Road Norfolk Street St Thomas's Road - Sealed Order298KBpdf
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PR0704 Have Made ETRO67KBpdf
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Electric scooter trial

Cambridgeshire County Council (Various Roads, Cambridge) (Electric Scooter Exemptions) Experimental Order 2020

This order allows electric scooters (e-scooters) being used as part of an approved rental scheme to use on-road dual use cycle tracks, cycle lanes and bus lanes in Cambridge.

This is a Government backed trial and is intended to test the use and impact of e-scooters to inform possible future legislation.

Closing date for comment was 14 April 2021.

PR0669 Public Notice13KBpdf
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PR0669 Statement of Reasons12KBpdf
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PR0669 Made Order96KBpdf
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Experimental use of bus lane by motorcycles and electric vehicles

PR0667 Elizabeth Way, Cambridge - Experimental use of bus lane by motorcycles and electric vehicles

This order comes into operation on 14 December 2020 and allows motorcycles and fully electric vehicles to use the bus lane in Elizabeth Way, Cambridge. This is a trial and is intended to test the effect of allowing these additional vehicles to use the bus lane. If successful it may be extended to other bus lanes in Cambridge.

We will consider in due course whether the provisions of the Experimental Order should be made permanent. Objections or comments to the order becoming permanent must be received by 13 June 2021.

PR0667 Experimental Order32KBpdf
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PR0667 Public Notice197KBpdf
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PR0667 Statement of Reasons14KBpdf
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Comments and objections

Comments can be sent in writing to the Policy and Regulation Team by email to policyandregulation@cambridgeshire.gov.uk or by post to the following address:

Policy and Regulation Team
Highways Depot
Stanton Way
PE29 6PY

If you wish to make a formal objection, you will need to wait until the ETRO is in force. Objections may be made to the order being made permanent and these must be made within six months of the day that the ETRO comes into force.