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Fendon Road and Queen Edith's Way Roundabout (Cambridge)

Work is due to begin on constructing the new layout for the Fendon Road / Queen Edith's Way / Mowbray Road roundabout on Monday 9 September 2019. 

Work will involve installing a new Dutch-style roundabout to improve safety in the area, by giving priority to pedestrians and cyclists over motorists. One of the key elements is a change in carriageway width, designed to influence slower approach and departure speeds, thereby reducing the speed of drivers. Pedestrians will be provided with zebra crossings on each of the four roundabout entry / exit arms and on the crossing points over the cycle paths. Cyclists will be given their own cycle path, in contrasting red tarmac, to give them equal priority over motor vehicles.

Exhibition events

We will be holding public exhibition events on the following dates:

  • Thursday 29 August 2019, 12.00pm to 2.00pm, Addenbrookes Concourse
  • Monday 2 September 2019, 5.30pm to 7.30pm, Netherhall School
  • Wednesday 4 September 2019, 3.30pm to 6.30pm, St James C of E Church, Wulfstan Way

The Project Team for this scheme will be on hand to answer questions about the scheme and programme of works.

Background information

Queen Edith's Way and the Fendon Road / Queen Edith's Way / Mowbray Road roundabout form an important commuter route for cyclists from Cherry Hinton to Addenbrookes, Cambridge Biomedical Campus, Long Road Sixth Form, Cambridge Academy for Science and Technology, and schools, colleges and nurseries in the Hills Road area; and for employees heading to the expanding ARM site on Fulbourn Road. 

Queen Edith's Way is used for more local journeys by many children who walk or cycle to school in the Queen Edith's area. As well as Addenbrookes, there is a GP surgery near the junction with Wulfstan Way, there are local shops and three churches well used by community groups on Wulfstan Way.

The Fendon Road / Queen Edith's Way / Mowbray Road roundabout represents a barrier to all these users. Currently the roundabout has no provision for pedestrians and cyclists other than central islands on each arm. The wide carriageway encourages high vehicle speeds on the roundabout and the arms of the roundabout. Outside of the most congested peak times, motorists have no need to slow down when using the roundabout. Redesigning the Fendon Road / Queen Edith's Way / Mowbray Road roundabout to give pedestrians and cyclists priority over motorists will help to address this barrier. By enhancing safety at the roundabout, it is hoped new cycling and walking will  be encouraged in the area.

Project progress

In summer 2015, a public consultation was undertaken to seek views on what issues road users faced when travelling on and around Queen Edith's Way. The consultation received over 1,100 responses, of which 67% felt improvements were needed for walking and cycling on Queen Edith's Way; the need to improve safety at the roundabout was a major concern. 

In summer 2016, a Dutch-style roundabout was proposed as part of the second public consultation which included parallel crossings (cycle and pedestrian zebra crossings) on each arm and an annular cycle path to enable pedestrians and cyclists to have priority over motorists. The 2016 consultation saw 647 responses of which 155 were from residents of Queen Edith's Way. The Dutch-style roundabout proposals were supported by 433 people and opposed by 115 people - by Queen Edith's Way residents and non-residents alike.

On 10 November 2016, the Cambridgeshire County Council Economy and Environment Committee gave approval for the implementation of the Fendon Road / Queen Edith's Way roundabout, and for further engagement with residents and stakeholders to be carried out for new cycleways on Queen Edith's Way.

What is a Dutch-style roundabout?

A Dutch-style roundabout has parallel crossings (cycle and pedestrian zebra crossings) on each arm which enables pedestrians and cyclists to have priority over motorists. The entry and exit arms are perpendicular, rather than tangential, to the roundabout and have minimal flare. Also, by reducing the width of the arms and circulatory carriageway, vehicle speeds are reduced. A central over-run area will allow larger vehicles to manoeuvre round the roundabout.

The initial design of the Fendon Road / Queen Edith's Way / Mowbray Road roundabout was developed with the help of Dutch consultancy firm, Royal Haskoning. It adheres to the roundabout design standards advocated by SWOV, the Dutch Institute for Road Safety Research.

The roundabout design builds on that of the Perne Road / Radegund Road roundabout, which was implemented in 2013 and has seen a large drop in recorded injury accidents.


Please note pedestrians will be provided with zebra crossings on each of the four roundabout entry / exit arms and on the crossing points over the cycle paths. 

How is the scheme funded?

S106 Southern Corridor Area Transport Plan (SCATP) funding was secured by local members and the South Area Committee to improve walking and cycling on Queen Edith's Way including Fendon Road / Queen Edith's Way / Mowbray Road roundabout, Cherry Hinton Road and Robin Hood junction. The funding amounted to £3 million, of which £900,000 was to be allocated to the replacement of signals at the Robin Hood junction. The remaining £2.1 million was to be spent on Queen Edith's Way (and the roundabout) and Cherry Hinton Road (between Hills Road and Mowbray Road). 

An additional funding bid was subsequently successful which added another £550,000 to be spent on the roundabout. For more information, please visit our Cycle City Ambition Safety Fund news page.

Timescales, traffic management and diversion routes

Hills Road / Nightingale Avenue works

Nightingale Avenue is being widened at the junction with Hills Road to enable to Citi 1 buses to turn left from Hills Road. These widening works will take place between Saturday 31 August and Thursday 5 September 2019. During this period, Nightingale Avenue will be closed at the junction with Hills Road. Local residents can access Nightingale Avenue via Worts' Causeway and the small set-back section of Hills Road.

Roundabout works

The roundabout works are due to last for approximately 29 weeks. During this time, both of the Queen Edith's Way arms of the roundabout will be closed 24/7 to allow for the shortest construction time. The estimated completion date is early April 2020. 

As with all our highway work, timings and dates for schemes are weather dependent and can be subject to change.

During the works, vehicle and pedestrian access will be maintained for all residents who live just off the roundabout and on Queen Edith's Way. Temporary signals will control vehicle flow over the roundabout between Fendon Road and Mowbray Road to allow for a safe working area. Access for pedestrians and cyclists will be maintained throughout the work.

Road closure and diversion route map

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Bus diversions

Three bus services in Cambridge will be affected by the roundabout works and road closure - Citi 1, Citi 2 and 16A. We have included a copy of Stagecoach's diversion route map below, but please visit the Stagecoach website for more detailed information on which bus stops they will serve and the full diversion routes.

Stagecoach - bus route diversion map

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Further information

Copies of letters sent to local residents are available to read below.

Fendon Road roundabout closure letter - 12 July 2019

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Fendon Road roundabout closure letter - 19 August 2019

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Contact details

Post: Cycling Projects Team, SH1311, Shire Hall, Cambridge, CB3 0AP
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 01223 699 069

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