Fendon Road and Queen Edith's Way Roundabout (Cambridge)
Work began on constructing the new layout for the Fendon Road / Queen Edith's Way / Mowbray Road roundabout on Monday 9 September 2019.
Work involves 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. Pedestrians and cyclists will have priority over all motor vehicles except blue light emergency vehicles.
Public information drop-in sessions
The Project Team for this scheme will be on hand to answer questions about the scheme at a number of public drop-in sessions for the duration of the project. Details for upcoming drop-in sessions are below:
- Thursday 28 November 2019, 5.30pm to 7.00pm at St James' Church (Milton Room), Wulfstan Way, Cambridge CB1 8QJ
- Thursday 19 December 2019, 2.00pm to 3.00pm at St James' Church (Milton Room), Wulfstan Way, Cambridge CB1 8QJ
Festive season traffic management
The temporary traffic lights at the roundabout will be removed for the duration of the busy festive season. They will be removed on the weekend on Thursday 28 November 2019 and put back in the New Year.
Removal of the traffic lights will mean Mowbray Road and Fendon Road will be open again to two-way traffic until Monday 6 January 2020.
Creating the space for two-way traffic will still allow our contractors to continue construction of the north east side of the roundabout and the east side of Queen Edith's Way.
With the removal of the temporary traffic lights, pedestrians wishing to cross Mowbray Road are advised to use the crossing near Hulatt Road.
Pedestrian and cyclist access
The two arms of Queen Edith's Way will remain closed to motor vehicles. Access around the roundabout will continue to be open for pedestrians and cyclists apart from on the north east side (Mowbray Road / Queen Edith's Way).
However, two-way traffic will mean pedestrians and cyclists have to cross two lanes of traffic on the Fendon Road and Mowbray Road arms:
- On Fendon Road, the island can be used to cross in two stages if necessary
- On Mowbray Road, the island has been removed as part of the works. We therefore recommend that pedestrians and cyclists wishing to cross between the east and west sides of Mowbray Road use the controlled crossing near Hulatt Road. Signage directing users towards the crossing will be in place.
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.
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.
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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
Nightingale Avenue - suspension of parking
Nightingale Avenue has been widened at the junction with Hills Road to allow Citi 1 buses to turn left from Hills Road. To ensure Nightingale Avenue is safe for all users, we will be temporarily removing all of the on-street parking for the duration of the main roundabout works and double yellow lines will be installed.
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 April / May 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.
Three bus services in Cambridge will be affected by the roundabout works and road closure - Citi 1, Citi 2 and 16A. We have included copies Stagecoach's diversion route maps below, but please visit the Stagecoach website for more detailed information on which bus stops they will serve and the full diversion routes.
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Copies of letters sent to local residents are available to read below.
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