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Street lamps are being installed along the unlit sections of the foot and cycleway alongside the Busway in Cambridge.

Where is the lighting being installed?

The street light column lamps are being installed:

  • on the southern section of the Cambridgeshire Guided Busway between Cambridge railway station and Trumpington Park & Ride
  • on the northern section of the Cambridgeshire Guided Busway between Milton Road, Cambridge and the A14 underpass

Why is lighting being added?

The maintenance track adjacent to the Busway is designated as a bridleway and used by a considerable number of pedestrians and cyclists at all times of the year. Lighting the route will help to improve visibility of hazards as well as cyclists and pedestrians, further encouraging use of this facility and active travel modes in and around Cambridge.


The lights in the northern section were switched on 7 August 2015.

Lighting in the southern section is substantially complete and the majority of lights were switched on 8 September 2015. The presence of badger setts in this area has temporarily prevented the contractor from installing two columns. We are working with specialists to resolve this issue.

Lighting details

The lights are being placed at the back edge of the maintenance track/foot and cycleway (away from the Busway), around 35 metres apart.  The columns are 6 metres in height and of a modern and efficient design. There will be a total of 68 lamps between Cambridge station and Trumpington P&R and 39 lamps on the northern section.

The lanterns used will be LED (Light Emitting Diode) type that will direct the light downwards to illuminate the full width of the track. They will be pre-set to dim by 40% over-night between 10 pm and 6 am, in line with current CCC policy for residential areas. The lighting is to class S5 standard, which is the suggested foot and cycleway standard.

The below images show examples of what the lighting will look like. Additional photos will be completion of the project.

Image of LED lantern

LED lantern

Image of streetlighting column

Streetlighting column

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