Cherry Hinton Road
We would like your views on proposed highway improvements along Cherry Hinton Road, Cambridge, to make it safer and more attractive for walking and cycling.
Cherry Hinton Road is a key local commuter route in Cambridge, with approximately 2,000 cyclists and 1,500 pedestrians travelling along the road every day. The area hosts a vibrant mix of shops, services, places to eat and residential properties. The road is used by people as a route to the train station, city centre, and locations along Hills Road.
We are asking local people for their views about the area, which will feed into our plans to make safety improvements to the cycle routes, pavements, parking options and bus stops for those travelling along Cherry Hinton Road.
Currently there is a shared use foot and cycleway on the north side between Derby Road and Perne Road but cyclists must give way at side roads, and there is no cycling provision on the south side of the road.
In June 2015, we carried out a public consultation on Cherry Hinton Road and Queen Edith’s Way. The survey highlighted the multi-functional use of Cherry Hinton Road, with 78% of respondents using it as a route to work, school or the city centre, with nearly half either stopping or making the road their destination to visit the local shops and amenities. We also talked to businesses between Hills Road and Coleridge Road in March 2018 to understand their specific needs.
Of the 1,100 respondents to the survey, over three quarters said they were in favour of improvements to cycling and walking facilities on Cherry Hinton Road.
Only one in six people said they currently felt safe cycling down Cherry Hinton Road. The main reasons given for feeling unsafe were crossing the roundabout, crossing the junctions, including crossing side roads, and too much traffic.
Based on all of this feedback, we have produced some options for possible cycling and walking improvements, which we would now like you to comment on.
73%of respondents were in favour of new segregated cycle lanes, even if the on-road parking bays have to be removed.
69%said the current shared-use pavement should be replaced by segregated cycle lanes using a raised kerb
55%were in favour of new bus-stops with the cycle lane continuing behind the bus stop.
Proposed design for Cherry Hinton Road
Bus stop options
There are four locations where this type of bus stop is an option: on both sides of the road between Hills Road and Clifton Road and between Perne Road and Wulfstan Way (locations A, B, C and D on the above plan).
All the other existing bus stops along Cherry Hinton Road will remain in place as they are now.
At location A, there is currently a small traffic island in the road providing an uncontrolled pedestrian crossing. If the new style of bus stop is installed then this island would have to be removed, but it would be replaced with a signalised pedestrian crossing.
Cherry Hinton Road has the following parking restrictions in place at locations E, F and G on the above plan.
- No parking Mondays to Saturdays, 8.15am to 9.15am, and 5.00pm to 6.00pm.
- Parking is limited to 30 minutes, no return within 30 minutes.
There are seven on-road parking bays on the south side of Cherry Hinton and one layby outside Barclays on the north side (marked as H on the above plan).
Retain the on-road parking and enforce the peak-time restrictions.
Remove the on-road parking to allow space for continuous cycle lanes.
Cycle and pedestrian options
The proposal is to include 1.5m advisory lanes next to the existing footway, between Hills Road and Coleridge Road, and between Perne Road and Wulfstan Way. This would include removing the centre white carriageway line.
Between Coleridge Road and Perne Road, there is enough space to accommodate 2m wide continuous segregated cycle lanes and separate footways. These could potentially give both cyclists and pedestrians priority over side roads at junctions. There is also space to include new trees or other forms of planting on the northern side of the road, as indicated on the above plan.
Coleridge Road junction approach options
There are two options for the west-bound approach to the Coleridge Road / Hartington Grove junction.
Please let us know your views by completing our online survey. The survey will run for six weeks from Tuesday 7 May to Tuesday 18 June 2019.
You can also find out more by attending one of the drop-in events:
- Tuesday 21 May 2019, 4pm to 6pm
- Wednesday 5 June 2019, 6pm to 8pm
Both events are taking place at Rock Road Library, 69 Rock Road, Cambridge, CB1 7UG.
Funding and timescales
Funding for this project has come from S106 developer contributions and initial estimated costs are in the region of £1m. The funding is for cycling and walking improvements, but could also include some landscaping, such as planting, benches or cycle parking.
Following this consultation, we will draw up some detailed designs and then seek approval for the favoured options from Cambridgeshire County Council's Economy and Environment Committee in autumn 2019. Once the programme of work has been confirmed, construction could start by early 2020. The scheme is estimated to take around nine months to complete.
If you have any questions about the proposals or the survey, please get in touch.
Post: Cycling Projects Team, SH1311, Shire Hall, Cambridge, CB3 0AP
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 01223 699 069