Coronavirus (COVID-19) walking and cycling schemes

To support the recovery from Coronavirus, the Government is driving forward a programme to put in place temporary walking and cycling schemes to help people get out and socially distance.

Through the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority, we have secured money from the Government’s Emergency Active Travel Fund to implement temporary changes to the public highway, such as:

  • Pop-up cycle lanes
  • Wider pavements
  • Safer junctions
  • Bus-only routes

The Government has relaxed certain legislation and guidance to enable a faster delivery of walking and cycling schemes. We have worked with the city and district councils to prepare a list of schemes which can be delivered over the coming weeks to support the recovery from Coronavirus.

The country is facing a huge public health emergency. These quick measures will support people by helping them to walk and cycle more, whilst creating space for pedestrians so they can adhere to the social distancing rules. The measures will reduce through traffic to allow us to widen the footpaths.

Schemes

We are using Experimental Traffic Regulation Orders (ETROs) and Temporary Traffic Regulation Orders (TTROs) to implement many of the schemes. Information on the schemes we are undertaking and their locations are listed below.

For more information on how these orders work, the schemes we are delivering and their consultation periods, please visit our Traffic Regulation Orders section.

The Greater Cambridge Partnership (GCP) is undertaking a number of schemes in Cambridge. Please visit the GCP website for more information.

We also have a Google map of projects currently in progress for both Cambridgeshire County Council and GCP.

Cambridge City / South Cambridgeshire

Location Description Timescale
A1301 Shelford Widen the existing narrow cycle lanes, remove road centreline Implemented
Girton Road, Girton Put in cycle lanes and remove centreline Implemented
Mill Road, Cambridge Provisional measures that include pavement widening at points along the route and a bus gate at the railway bridge allowing two way bus / cycle / emergency service access

Implemented

View the order on our ETRO page

Chesterton Road between Elizabeth's Way and Mitcham's Corner, Cambridge Wide temporary cycle lanes between Elizabeth Way and Mitcham’s Corner on both sides of road Implemented
Drummer Street / Emmanuel Street / St Andrew's Street, Cambridge Work with bus companies to review operation of city centre bus stops to manage waiting areas and allow as far as possible for social distancing as city centre activity and bus service levels build back up Implemented
Park and Ride Additional cycle parking spaces at the five Cambridge Park and Ride sites and the Guided Busway Park and Ride site at Longstanton. This will allow for overnight storage of bicycles used for Park and Cycle trips while social distancing limits Park and Ride capacity Implemented
High Street, Barton 20 mph speed limit on High Street with some place to place path widening

Implemented

View the order on our TTRO page

Bell Hill, Histon One-way system with no entry from Park Lane with space used for pedestrians and cyclists

Implemented

View the order on our ETRO page

Winders Lane, Histon One Way system with no entry from Clay Street

Withdrawn following further discussion with stakeholders

East Cambridgeshire

Location Description Timescale
Station Road, Ely Temporarily remove car parking on bays on the left hand side going down the hill to extend cycle path and to include temporary barriers to extend cycle lane down Station Road In progress. ETRO for removal of car parking submitted.
Downham Road / Cam Drive roundabout Look to shrink entries, exits and circulatory areas to reduce speeds to improve safety, particularly for cyclists and pedestrians, while traffic flows are reduced Withdrawn - proposal is not viable due to the existing geometry of the roundabout and auto tracking movements of HGVs.
Clay Street, Soham Make Clay Street one-way, providing more space for cyclists, which would also give more space on Fountain Lane and Station Road Incorporated into Soham Town Centre Tranche 2 project
Little Green, Cheveley White lines on external side of road, to emphasise road. Narrow road with no pavements, but walked by a lot of residents Implemented

Fenland

Location Description Timescale
March - cycle markings Renew cycle priority road markings and lanes Implemented
March - cycle parking in town Review cycle parking provision and provide additional stands in locations agreed with the Town Council. Utilise stands that can be removed and relocated when the high street funding changes are implemented Implemented
Burrowmoor Road, March from Richmond Avenue to the roundabout on The Avenue B1101 Change speed limit to 20mph with flashing signs related to school opening times Implemented
Maple Grove, March Change speed limit to 20mph with flashing signs related to school opening times. Current flashing sign is not working Implemented
Wimblington Road, March from Saxon Way to Cavalry Park Change speed limit to 20mph with flashing signs related to school opening times Implemented
Cavalry Drive, March from the Shires to Upwell Road Change speed limit to 20mph with flashing signs related to school opening times. Implemented
County Road, March from Robingoodfellows Lane to High School Close Change speed limit to 20mph with flashing signs related to school opening times Implemented
Wisbech - cycle parking in town Review cycle parking provision and provide additional stands in locations agreed with the Town Council Implemented
Chatteris - cycle parking in town Review cycle parking provision and provide additional stands in locations agreed with the Town Council Implemented
Whittlesey - cycle parking in town Review cycle parking provision and provide additional stands in locations agreed with the Town Council Implemented

Huntingdonshire

Location Description Timescale
Huntingdon Town Bridge, Godmanchester / Huntingdon Restrictions to general traffic when Pathfinder link opened by Highways England.Either modal filter for cycle / bus / emergency service access, or one way working for traffic with space freed up used for cycle lane Part of Tranche 2
Huntingdon Road / Church Road roundabout, Brampton Relocation of pavement parking or alternative provision for cyclists on route between Church Lane and crossing to the north side of Huntingdon Road In progress
Castle Moat Road (Ring Road) from Town Bridge to bus station, Huntingdon Bi-directional cycle route in left hand lane of ring road On hold - delivery dependent on Highways England works
Riverside Road (Ring Road) from Hartford Road to Town Bridge, Huntingdon

Bi-directional cycle route in left hand lane of ring road

On hold - delivery dependent on Highways England works
George Street, Huntingdon Permit contraflow cycling along one way section of George Street between High Street and Ring Road In progress
Huntingdon: Brampton Road, Huntingdon, outside Huntingdon Dental Practice Close lay-by and use space to provide more room adjacent to sub-standard shared use cycle path Between Huntingdon and Hinchingbrooke  In progress
Main Street, Hartford Segregated on carriageway cycle lane In progress
Ambury Road, Huntingdon Review lining / parking to facilitate two way cycling on one way section of Ambury Road between Ring Road and Avenue Road In progress
St. Neots: Town Bridge One Way system for pedestrians. Consider narrowing of carriageway with barriers to provide additional footway space On hold - pending review
Suspend car parking from St Neots Market Square Suspend car parking in Market Square (except for disabled parking) to aid social distancing in line with in St Neots Future High Streets Fund proposal In progress
Quayside, Bridge Street and Market Hill, St Ives Suspend parking in order to widen footpath with barriers in line with measures to support Town Centre Recovery Programme In progress
School Lane, Buckden Temporary closure of School Lane to vehicular traffic (except for access) from the junction with Greenway to the junction with Church Street In progress

We are considering other interventions on a countywide basis.

These include improved access to schools through:

  • A School Streets Programme
  • Increased vegetation maintenance
  • Renewing road markings
  • Cycle parking for schools
  • Improved wayfinding
  • Reviewing the timings of traffic signals
  • Business travel planning

Tranche 2

We may consider any previously proposed schemes not on the list when funding becomes available as part of Tranche 2. Already confirmed as within Tranche 2 is a project to improve cycling provision within the centre of Ely. Tranche 2 schemes are due to be implemented by spring 2021. We will update the page when further information becomes available.

The Highways and Transport Committee decided on further proposals to pursue on Tuesday 15 September 2020. Items discussed can be found in the COVID-19 Temporary Cycling Proposals paper on our CMIS website.

In line with Government guidance, we have produced a communications plan setting out how we will engage and consult with the public, stakeholders, councillors and MPs on the development and delivery of schemes in Tranche 2 of the Active Travel Fund programme.

Frequently asked questions

Funding bid

Contact

For more information, please email covidtransportschemes@cambridgeshire.gov.uk.