Construction of a new segregated on-carriageway cycle lane on the east side of Huntingdon Road, Cambridge is planned to start on Monday 18 September 2017. The new facilities will be between Richmond Road and the Histon Road junction. Work is planned for completion by end of November 2017.
As part of the works the outbound cycle lane will be widened and resurfaced.
Why are the improvements necessary?
New developments in the north and north-west of Cambridge will increase travel demand along Huntingdon Road, increasing congestion. We need good cycleways around this area, if we are to keep Cambridge moving as our population increases.
Active traffic management will be needed during construction works with the use of 2 way temporary traffic lights restricted to 9:30am-3:30pm.
As works progress the junctions of the following roads and streets will need to be closed temporarily: Richmond Road, Halifax Road, Westfield Road, Priory Street and Benson Street. This is to allow work across the junction to be completed. At these times advanced signage will be placed and diversions will also be signed. Please follow as required.
Access to residential properties, businesses and colleges will be maintained at all times.
During the works the parking bays on the east side (inbound) of the road will need to be temporarily suspended at times. Signage will be placed advising of these suspensions so please follow as required.
What will be built
Phase 2 - Inbound
- Formation of a 1.8/2.1m cycle lane with a “Cambridge Kerb” as segregation.
- Upgrade approaches to Histon Road junction. Removal of left turning cycle lane. To widen central cycle lane which leads to the city centre from 0.8 to 1.7m.
Phase 3 - Outbound
- Resurfacing and widening of existing cycle lane up to opposite the junction of Richmond Road. This will be laid with red material, to a width of 1.8m with a mandatory cycle lane marking.
Please see the construction drawings (PDF) below for more details.
Costs & Funding
The current budget available to implement these proposals is £340.000. This has been funded by the County Council’s success in securing £10.1 million from 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 in Cambridge and to create good quality cycle links to employment areas in Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire.
The consultation results were be presented to the Economy & Environment Committee on 10 November, 2016 and approval was obtained to proceed with construction.
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Phase 1 of works to create a new cycleway on the city-bound side of the road has been complete between Girton Corner and Richmond Road. The images below show the new cycleway.
Cyclists on the city-bound side of Huntingdon Road have priority over motor vehicles and cycles at junctions with side roads.