Construction of a new shared use footway on the west side of High Street started in August 2017.The new facilities are on the west side of the road between Harston Mill and London Road.
Shops and businesses in the area will remain open as normal.
December 2017 update
The construction of the final section of the footway north of the BP Petrol Station will be completed in January. We need to consider the safety of divers, cyclists and pedestrians over the Christmas period. By leaving the final section to be completed in January, we will be able to keep the roads and areas of the footway open for use.
Work will commence again on Wednesday 3 January and the indication is that the contractor will need three weeks to complete. We apologise for the delay and inconvenience this may cause. Further updates will be available via @Cambs_Traffic
Traffic management involves 2-way temporary traffic lights between the restricted hours, 9.30am until 3.30pm. For the area directly outside BP this work will be done at night when it is closed.
The footway on the west side will be closed in sections 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 people using the footway to follow signage as required.
What is being 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.
- Additional parking bays will be provided on the east side of the road near the Post Office.
Parking will be altered on the west side of High Street, opposite the Post Office
Southern end of the village – New provision between Church Street & Station Road
See the construction drawing pdf below for more information.
Benefits of the project
The aim of these improvements is to tackle some of the transport issues faced by residents in Harston. They make the prospect of non-car journeys both simpler and safer. Getting to school and work on foot or cycle would be more accessible to locals.
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.
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.