Work started in January 2017 to improve foot and cycleways on Trumpington Road. The new facilities are on the outbound side of the road between The Fen Causeway and Brooklands Avenue. Work is now planned for completion by end of June 2017.

Please see updates below for Traffic Management and Parking Arrangements in the area.

Image of Trumpington Road improvements

Traffic Management

The work has been split into stages to minimise disruption to traffic. Within each stage there will be different elements of traffic management. For most of the time existing traffic signals will be used and two-way traffic will be maintained. The following shows an overview of the traffic management involved:

Cycleway Opening

The new segregated cycle lane between Bateman Street and Brooklands Avenue is planned to be open from week commencing 12 June 2017. The section from The Fen Causeway to Bateman Street is planned for completion week commencing 26 June 2017.

Footway Closure

The footway alongside the Botanic Gardens is currently closed to allow for its widening and reconstruction. We are looking to re-open this as soon as possible. This is dependent on completion of the Traffic Signals upgrade on the junction of Brooklands Avenue.

The footway north of Bateman Street will be closed in stages to allow works to progress towards The Fen Causeway.

Pedestrians and cyclists will be diverted to the shared-use foot and cycleway on the opposite side via existing crossings. Alternatively, people can use Brookside for access to schools and the Botanic Gardens.

Bus Stop

The bus stop near Bateman Street has now been removed. A temporary bus stop is currently in use between Bateman Street and The Fen Causeway. The new floating bus stop will become operational week ending 2 June 2017.

For Works on the Carriageway

Area to north of Bateman Street

We are currently working on this section of the road. For the majority of works, two way traffic will be maintained.

Parking

The Pay & Display parking on the Botanic Gardens side has been removed permanently as part of this scheme.

Whilst working alongside the Botanic Gardens, parking on the western side (inbound) of the road has been temporarily suspended. This parking will be re-instated prior to the Easter weekend.

Please consider using public transport when visiting the area. More information on local buses and Park & Ride can be found here.

Alternative Pay & Display parking can be found at Clarendon Road, Shaftesbury Road, Bateman Street, Panton Street, Brookside, Pemberton Terrace, Norwich Street, Russell Court and Union Road.

Alternative Pay & Display parking can be found at Clarendon Road, Shaftesbury Road, Bateman Street, Panton Street, Brookside, Pemberton Terrace, Norwich Street, Russell Court and Union Road.

What will be built?

  • A 3.5m wide shared-use foot and cycleway will be built on top of the embankment alongside the Botanic Gardens. This path will be for two-way walking and cycling.
  • A 2m wide slightly raised cycle lane will replace the narrow on-road outbound cycle lane.
  • The Pay & Display Parking along the Botanic Gardens will be removed to make space for widening the embankment.
  • The existing pedestrian crossing on Trumpington Road will be moved from north of Bateman Street to south of the junction (where the bus stop currently is). The new crossing will be for both pedestrians and cyclists.
  • The bus stop will be moved to north of the Bateman Street junction (where the pedestrian crossing currently is).
  • The crossing near The Fen Causeway will be upgraded, so that people are able to cross the road in one stage.
  • Traffic lights for pedestrians and cyclists will be installed to help crossing the Chaucer Road junction.

Please see the construction drawings for more details.

Trumpington Road construction drawings

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Why are the cycling improvements necessary?

Trumpington Road is a busy route into Cambridge and heavily used by commuters and students attending nearby schools. Currently many school children cycle on the footway alongside the Botanic Gardens so they do not have to cross Trumpington Road twice to get to the Bateman Street area. The on-road cycle lane alongside the parking bays is also very narrow.

The improvements would make this stretch safer for cyclists and help encourage more people to cycle.

Costs and Funding

The improvements will cost around £700,000, 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 cycle links to employment areas in Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire.

Phase Two

What is happening now?

A consultation to create safer and wider cycle lanes, separating cyclists and motorists along Trumpington Road took place earlier in 2016. 66.39 % of respondents support or strongly support the proposals. The consultation reports were presented to the Economy & Environment Committee on 10 November.

Consultation results - Phase 2

2016

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The Committee approved the implementation of improvements for cyclists and pedestrians on Trumpington Road, consisting of:

  • An improved foot and cycleway on the west side;
  • A new floating bus stop on the east side subject to some further development work with the Bus Quality Partnership and disabled groups and cycling groups.

Further technical work now needs to be carried out before construction can take place. The earliest date technical work could start is summer 2017.

Shared-use foot and cycleway (next to New Bit Common)

The road layout would be rearranged by moving the parking bays slightly into the road to create more space for a wider shared-use foot and cycleway. All car and coach parking bays will be retained. A 0.5 metre wide zone for opening car doors will be introduced alongside the car parking bays

Pros

  • Cyclists are better protected from moving traffic by going on the inside of the parking bays
  • Wider cycle lane; the current 3 metre wide shared-use path will be widened to a 4 metre wide foot and cycleway

Cons

  • There would be more interaction between pedestrians and cyclists as the cycle lane would be between the footway and the parking bays

Raised cycle lane next to road (North of New Bit Common)

North of New Bit Common the cycleway will change from off road to on road. The cycle lane will be slightly raised with a small kerb separating cyclists from motorists.

Please see the below engineering drawings for more details. These drawings are subject to slight change as we work through the detailed design.

Phase 2 Engineering drawing 1

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Phase 2 Engineering drawing 2

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Why are the Cycling improvements necessary?

Currently there are two inbound cycleways along this stretch of Trumpington Road, one very narrow cycle lane between the car parking bays and the road and a shared-use path on the pavement.

In the mornings this key route into Cambridge is heavily used by commuters and school children.

The improvements would make this stretch safer for cyclists and replace the narrow on-road cycle lane with a wider path, protecting cyclists from cars.

New bus stop layout

The new style of bus stop, which separates cyclists from motorists, is being considered for this scheme. This new style of bus stop has already been introduced on Hills Road and Huntingdon Road. The new layout could be introduced for both stops near the junction with Bateman Street.

Image of a floating bus stop

A floating bus stop

Pros

  • Cyclists can continue their journey without having to mix with buses and cars
  • Motorists have fewer overtaking cyclists to bear in mind

Cons

  • Pedestrians are required to cross the cycle lane to reach the bus ,

In Autumn 2015, the County Council commissioned Sustrans to monitor the use of two floating bus stops, one on Huntingdon Road and one on Hills Road, and the interaction between users. The bus stops have been in place over a year, and are designed to make cycling safer by reducing conflict between cyclists and motor vehicles.

Floating bus stop report

Sustrans

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What happens to the two mini roundabouts?

The need to improve the two mini roundabouts with The Fen Causeway and Lensfield Road was raised previously. These roundabouts are being looked at by the City Centre Access Study as part of the Greater Cambridge City Deal.

2014 Consultation results phase 1

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Consultation results - Phase 2

2016

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