On Thursday 10 November 2016 the County Council’s Economy & Environment Committee approved:
a) The implementation of a Dutch style roundabout at Queen Edith’s Way/Mowbray Road/Fendon Road junction; and,
b) Further public engagement with residents and stakeholders on improvements for walking and cycling in Queen Edith’s Way.
Why are improvements needed?
Queen Edith’s Way is an important route to local schools, Peterhouse Technology Park (PTP), Addenbrooke’s Hospital and the Biomedical Campus. The growth of PTP and Addenbrooke’s will mean an increase in road users along this route. The existing infrastructure is poor and needs to be improved.
During the past five years there have been 33 accidents along Queen Edith's Way, 25 of which have involved a car and a cyclist. The majority of these accidents have been at side road junctions and the Fendon Road roundabout. The road needs to be improved for the safety of all road users.
Fendon Road Roundabout
Over the past 5 years 15 accidents have occurred at this roundabout, 14 of them involving a car and a bicycle. In last year’s consultation, the two main safety issues at this roundabout were the speed of motor vehicles and the difficulty for pedestrians and cyclists seeing approaching traffic when crossing the roundabout. We are therefore proposing changes to the roundabout.
These include an orbital cycle lane which allows cyclists to travel separated from traffic and have priority over the arms of the roundabout. The geometry of the roundabout would be tightened to reduce speed and improve visibility.
Pedestrians would have zebra crossings at each side road. This type of roundabout is common in the Netherlands.
An initial consultation on improvements for cyclists and pedestrians along Queen Edith’s Way and Cherry Hinton Road took place between May and June 2015. A total of 1,106 responses were received. A second, detailed public consultation ran from 20 June to 01 August 2016. A total of 647 survey responses were recorded.
The technical drawing for Fendon Road Roundabout, which was included in Option 2 during the consultation, is available below
Costs and Funding
Local developers are contributing £3 million to cycling and junction improvement schemes on Queen Edith’s Way, Cherry Hinton Road and the Robin Hood junction. The improvements to the Robin Hood junction will be carried out by the Traffic Signals team. New proposals for Cherry Hinton Road are at a very early stage of development.