A programme of Active Travel (Tranche 2) projects, to encourage walking and cycling across Cambridgeshire, is set to be delivered in the next few months.

Background

The Highways and Transport Committee decided on further proposals to pursue on Tuesday 15 September 2020. The development of the schemes was then progressed over the course of 2021. A full public consultation was undertaken in late summer 2021 on the emerging designs; there was also ongoing engagement with councillors and stakeholders. In late 2021 it was decided that a number of schemes would not be taken forward as they were either not supported locally or there were issues with delivery. The remaining schemes have been scored and ranked according to the impact they are likely to have on active travel, road safety, public transport, the road network and the level of support they received in the public consultation or as a result of engagement with local stakeholders.

A Member Working Group for the programme of schemes was established at the end of 2021. The Group assessed the schemes and scoring prior to giving approval in January 2022 for the schemes to be delivered. The detailed designs were then finalised and road safety audits carried out

The delivery of the projects follows an earlier trial which led to a series of cycling and walking schemes being introduced during the pandemic. These were funded by the Government to encourage people to make more active travel choices (Tranche 1). The trial has enabled the county council to make a number of those schemes permanent.

Modal Filter - Carlyle Road
Photo credit - Camcycle/Lucinda Price

The Tranche 2 schemes will be installed on a temporary basis for up to 18 months. The decision to make a scheme permanent will follow our formal decision-making process.

July / August 2022

The detailed designs have now been finalised and road safety audits carried out. Some of the schemes require an ETRO (Experimental Traffic Regulation Order) or TRO (Traffic Regulation Order) to allow for changes to be made to the highway when the schemes are implemented (eg. the removal of car parking bays) – these have been applied for. Our contractors are now being mobilised. Monitoring will be carried out pre- and post-installation.

The projects will be subject to further stakeholder engagement and public consultation. This will take place:

Autumn / Winter 2022

Construction is under way on the Active Travel Tranche 2 schemes

Contact

If you have any questions about any of these schemes, please email transport.delivery@cambridgeshire.gov.uk.

Schemes to be delivered

The schemes will be delivered in two parts. The first part of the Tranche 2 delivery programme, to be delivered to be delivered in the second half of 2022, includes the following active travel schemes:

Schemes to be delivered
Scheme Type/Description Status
Bassingbourn - Brook Road and High Street (drawing opens as a .pdf) Speed reduction and traffic calming - reduced speed limit between Litlington and Bassingbourn and 20mph speed limit on Brook Rd, High St, The Causeway and adjoining streets
Chicanes (vehicles give way in one direction): one on South End and one on High St
Being delivered subject to final costing and Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) processes.
Church Street, Chesterton, Cambridge - between Chapel Street and Lynfield Lane (drawing opens as a .pdf) Modal filter - no through access for motor vehicles on Church St between Lynfield Lane and Chapel St (planters/removable bollards) Being delivered subject to final costing and ETRO processes.

Cowley Road, Cambridge between Jane Coston Bridge and Milton Road (near Science Park junction)

Sheet 1 (drawing opens as a .pdf)

Sheet 2 (drawing opens as a .pdf)

Cycle link - removal of car parking on east side of Cowley Rd, between Jane Coston Bridge and Milton Rd, to create new bidirectional cycle lane, protected by 'wands' (flexible traffic posts). Improving cycle link between Milton village and Science/Business Parks/Cambridge North rail station.

Priority crossings over side access roads and improved crossing points over Cowley Rd.

Now being delivered by Greater Cambridge Partnership in 2023

East Road, Cambridge between Anglia Ruskin and Newmarket Road roundabout

Sheet 1 (drawing opens as a .pdf)

Sheet 2 (drawing opens as a .pdf)

Cycle link - removal of a traffic lane on a section of East Rd (east of Burleigh Street) to improve cycle lanes or provide new ones. These cycle lanes will be protected by 'wands' (flexible traffic posts).

Cycle priority crossings over side access roads.

Updated/refreshed lining, markings and signage.
Being delivered subject to final costing and ETRO processes.
Ambury Road, Huntingdon, southern section between the Ring Road and Avenue Road (drawing opens as a .pdf) Cycle link - providing a contra-flow cycle lane at the southern end of Ambury Rd with a small protective island at the start of the lane and moving the parking to the west side of the road. Signage of the cycle route via Priory Rd and Cowper Rd. Being delivered subject to final costing and ETRO processes.
Junction of Silver Street/Kings Parade, Cambridge (drawing opens as a pdf) Making temporary scheme changing the priority, permanent with additional dropped kerbs and tactile paving to improve pedestrian crossing movement Being delivered.
Trumpington Street/Lensfield Road/Fen Causeway Mini Roundabouts, Cambridge (drawing opens as a .pdf) Roundabout treatment - reducing the number of approach lanes from 3 to 2 and from 2 to 1 between the roundabouts to reduce conflicts. Increasing island widths for pedestrians at the Lensfield Rd & Trumpington St junctions and providing some protected space for cyclists using wands (flexible traffic posts). Being delivered subject to final costing
Wisbech Cycle Lockers (drawing opens as a .pdf) Secure cycle parking in Bus Station area Being delivered subject to landowner/Town Council agreement

The second part of the delivery programme has now been published and delivery will follow on from part one. All schemes will be finished by the end of the year.

Schemes to be delivered
Scheme Type/Description Status
A505/A1301 roundabout near Pampisford - crossing improvements (drawing opens as a .pdf) Roundabout treatment - kerbs to be widened out by the use of 'wands' (flexible traffic posts) on the north arm and on the exits of the east and west arms. This will reduce crossing distances for pedestrians and cyclists and slow vehicle speeds. Being delivered subject to final costing and ETRO processes.

Junction of A1303 Madingley Road and Cambridge Road, Madingley

Sheet 1 (drawing opens as a .pdf)

Sheet 2 (drawing opens as a .pdf)

Modal filter - access only into Cambridge Rd (towards Madingley village). No exit for motor vehicles from Cambridge Rd onto A1303 Madingley Rd (alternative route via Church Lane).

Speed limit reduced from 60 to 40mph on Cambridge Rd. Reduction in the width of the Madingley Rd/ Cambridge Rd, Coton junction to improve safety of the crossing point.

New crossing island for pedestrians & cyclists on A1303 Madingley Rd.

Bus stop near Madingley Hall gates to be relocated round the corner on High St
Being delivered subject to final costing and ETRO processes
Fallowfield, Chesterton, Cambridge between Water Street and Frank's Lane/Green End Road (drawing opens as a .pdf) Access improvement - Re-location of bollards and reshaping island to increase space for cyclists Being delivered subject to final costing
Granta Place Gate, Cambridge - access point between Coe Fen and Mill Lane junction (drawing opens as a .pdf) Access improvement - Replacement of vehicular access gate with cattlegrids and removable bollard. Additional pedestrian gate to match existing. Being delivered subject to final costing
Newmarket Road / Barnwell Road (McDonalds) roundabout, Cambridge (drawing opens as a .pdf) Roundabout treatment - widening of footway on eastern side of the roundabout to reduce vehicle speeds and crossing distances for pedestrians. Widening of the central islands on Barnwell Rd and Wadloes Rd to improve crossings. Being delivered subject to final costing
Vinery Road, Cambridge (Coldham's Lane end) (drawing opens as a .pdf) Modal Filter - installation of planter to prevent through-vehicular movements just south of St Philip's Primary School Being delivered subject to final costing and ETRO processes.

Detailed design and further engagement with local stakeholders continues on two further walking and cycling schemes, one on The Broadway, St Ives and the other on Eastgate/Jeavons Lane, Cambourne.

The Tranche 2 programme also includes funding for new cycle parking round the county. Works began at the beginning of May to install more than 150 Sheffield cycle stands.

Frequently asked questions

Traffic Regulation Orders (TROs) are legal documents that enable us as the local highway authority to prohibit, restrict or reduce the use of a road by traffic. We can use an Experimental Traffic Regulation Order (ETRO) to see if a scheme will work in practice.

ETROs enable us to quickly make changes to the road layout which can stay in force for a maximum of 18 months while the effects are monitored and assessed. The first six months become the consultation period. You can read more on our ETRO page.

The processes being used to deliver this work include a significant consultation period, but this will take place after we introduce the trial schemes. The trials will be in place for up to 18 months, of which the first six months forms the consultation period. An ETRO also allows for changes to be made to a scheme during the process, or for a scheme to be withdrawn.

There is opportunity for anyone to feedback comments, based on the impacts they have experienced as a result of the scheme. The decision to make a scheme permanent will still have to follow our formal decision making process, taking account of all representations. For more information on the Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) process or to make a formal response to a scheme, please visit our Traffic Regulation Order section.

Read the report of the 2021 public consultation below

Cambridgeshire Active Travel Schemes - Consultation Report (opens as a .pdf)

The survey and stakeholder responses have been redacted for publication in line with the GDPR statement that formed part of the consultation documentation: “You do not have to give us any personal information. We will not publish any personal details you do give us unless specifically indicated, but we may publish your response, and include it in public reports, with personal details removed. Personal data will be held securely, in accordance with data protection legislation. We will only store it for 12 months after the consultation results have been analysed and the consultation report published”.

  • Survey data

Cambridgeshire Active Travel Schemes - Survey Data (opens as a .xls)

  • Stakeholder feedback

Stakeholder feedback (opens as a .xls)

It is not possible to lodge a formal objection to an Experimental Traffic Regulation Order (ETRO) until it is in force. Once it is in force, objections may be made to the order being made permanent and these must be made within six months of the day that the ETRO comes into force.

Government guidance for the Active Travel Tranche 2 funding requires the money to be spent on measures that "make significant changes to their road layouts to give more space to cyclists and pedestrians".

In Cambridgeshire, the types of measures we propose include:

  • Pop-up cycle facilities with physical segregation from traffic, created by reallocating traffic lanes or parking bays
  • Widened pavements using reallocated parking bays or traffic lanes
  • Modal filters - restrictions on a road to prohibit car traffic while allowing pedestrians and cyclists through
  • Bus gates - a modal filter, generally with camera enforcement, that also allows buses and emergency service vehicles through
  • Cycle parking
  • A School Streets Programme

The proposed measures have been assessed against their fit with government guidance, direct transport benefits, impact on the wider network and the capability to deliver them quickly.

The approval to make an ETRO permanent would be made by the Highways and Transport Committee or the Assistant Director of Highways under delegation. The approval route would be dependent on whether formal objections had been made. Proposals for schemes requiring an ETRO will be approved by the Executive Director of the Place and Economy Directorate in consultation with the Chairman / Vice Chairman of the Highways and Transport Committee.

Displaced traffic will largely be using less congested routes. However, in locations where there are concerns about traffic displacement, alternative routes will be monitored to see if any action is required.

As with all our transport projects and schemes, we are committed to meeting our duties under the Equality Act 2010. Each project or scheme within this programme will consider use by vulnerable and disabled road users and how any potential impacts can be mitigated. This will be monitored during and after implementation of the schemes as part of our assessment procedures.

All comments on the schemes and measures being implemented as part of this programme will be considered and changes to schemes may be made by the Project Manager. Scheme objections will also be reported to councillors.

For those schemes requiring an Experimental or Temporary Traffic Regulation Order, the full process can be found on our Traffic Regulation Orders page.

School Streets Programme

School streets introduced and still running

Tranche 1 - September 2020

  • Alconbury Primary School, Huntingdon, PE28 4EQ
  • Hartford Junior School, Huntingdon, PE29 1UL
  • Hatton Park Primary School, Longstanton, CB24 3DL
  • Willingham Primary School, Willingham, CB24 5LE

Tranche 2 - April 2021 - progressing with permanent Traffic Regulation Order

  • St Matthews Primary School, Cambridge, CB1 2HD
  • Park Street Primary School, Cambridge, CB5 8AR

School street to be reinstated in September 2022

  • St Philips Primary School, Cambridge, CB1 3DR

School streets introduced and no longer active

Tranche 1 - September 2020

  • Weatheralls Primary School, Soham, CB7 5BH - difficulty recruiting sufficient numbers of volunteers
  • Wisbech St Mary, Wisbech, PE13 4RJ - difficulty recruiting sufficient numbers of volunteers

Tranche 2 - April 2021

  • Barton Primary School, Barton, CB23 7BD - community issues
  • Buckden Primary School, Buckden, PE19 5TT - may review in future
  • Elm Road Primary School, Wisbech, PE13 2TB - difficulty recruiting sufficient numbers of volunteers
  • Fulbourn Primary School, Fulbourn, CB21 5BH - not progressing
  • The Spinney Primary School, Cambridge, CB1 9PB - community issues