The aim of improvements to the A10 is to tackle some of the transport issues faced by residents in Harston. The improvements will make the prospect of non-car journeys both simpler and safer. Getting to school and work on foot or cycle will be much improved.
It will provide the ‘missing link’ in the Cambridge to Melbourn foot and cycle route along the A10.
Why are the improvements necessary?
Currently, the A10 is a hostile environment for walking and cycling. The busy road carries in the region of 18,000 vehicles per day; around 600 of which are Heavy Good Vehicles (HGVs).
There are narrow footways on both sides of the road, which are designated as shared-used paths for both pedestrians and cyclists. The paths are disrupted by driveways. Crossing opportunities are limited and several traffic islands incorporate anti-walk paving.
What is happening now
Construction of a new shared use footway on the west side of High Street started on Monday 7th August 2017. The new facilities will be on the west side of the road between Harston Mill and London Road (see image below). The planned duration for the work is 20 weeks.
Shops and businesses in the area will remain open as normal.
The current traffic management involves 2/3 way traffic lights between the restricted hours, 9.30am until 3.30pm.
The footway on the west side will be closed in sections from 7th August 2017 until the end of the works to allow for its widening and reconstruction. Pedestrians and cyclists will be diverted to the shared use footway on the opposite side via existing and temporary crossings. We would ask that footway users follow signage as required.
What will be built?
- A 3m wide shared-use foot and cycleway will be built on the west side of High Street
- A new signal controlled pedestrian crossing will be provided between Station Road and Church Street.
- Centre islands will be removed where kerb lines are to be altered.
- The traffic signals at junction of London Road will be upgraded with provision of toucan crossing on two sections.
- The signals at the pedestrian crossing near the BP Station will be upgraded.
- Parking will be altered on the west side of High Street, opposite the Post Office.
Please see the construction drawings (PDF) below for more details.
Cost and Funding
The improvements will cost around £1.2m, and are being funded through the £10.1 million Cycle City Ambition Fund programme provided by the Department for Transport to further encourage more people to cycle, more safely, more often in Greater Cambridge.
The aim of the Cycle City Ambition Fund is to provide separate cycle lanes on the main roads into Cambridge and to create good quality links to employment areas in Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire.
554 people had their say during the public consultation which ran from 26 October to 7 December 2015. The proposals suggested a widening of the path to three metres, junction safety improvements and crossing points.
93% of you agreed that there should be cycling and walking improvements along the A10through Harston.
85% of you supported the proposals suggested in the public consultation. We’ve taken on board your comments and made changes to the original proposals.
Following your feedback we have included new features in the final design.
- A controlled pedestrian crossing between Church Street and Station Road
- 'Give Way' markings on the cycleway at either side of two junctions between High Street and Church Street.
- 'Keep Clear' markings will be provided on the Cambridge bound side of High Street (Church Street junction) to help the traffic flow of cars turning right.
- The southern entrance to the petrol station will be improved. Red surfacing will be provided to highlight the cycleway to drivers.
- A pedestrian phase will be added to the traffic lights on the junction of London Road.
- The initial proposals for waste collection stands and additional zebra crossings have been removed from the final design.
A further period of consultation was carried out in the Summer 2016. The updated design was promoted to local residents and an event was held at the Village Hall. This allowed confirmation of the final design taking into account the updates above.