Experimental Traffic Regulation Orders

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.

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.


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 is 24 December 2020.

Mill Road, Cambridge Experimental Order
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Mill Road, Cambridge Notice
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Mill Road, Cambridge Plan
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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 is 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 - Press Notice
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PR0649 - Statement of reasons
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PR0649 - Plan
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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 is 24 February 2021.

Silver Street Bus Gate Notice
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Silver Street Bus Gate Sealed Order
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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 is 12 February 2021.

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.