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Cross City Cycling

Cross City Cycling is a walking and cycling scheme made up of five different projects. The five projects are spread across the north, east and south of Cambridge. They are key links to cycle routes across the city, as well as to shops, schools and employment sites. Each project will benefit residents, students or commuters.

The five projects are:

  • Arbury Road
  • Links to Cambridge North Rail Station and the Science Park
  • Ditton Lane and links to East Cambridge
  • Hills Road and Addenbrooke’s Route
  • Fulbourn/Cherry Hinton Eastern Access

Map of all five of the cross city cycling projects

The five projects would:

  • Provide residents with better walking and cycling links to schools and employment centres
  • Help reduce congestion, which in turn improves air quality, road safety and health
  • Benefit local residents, motorists, cyclists and pedestrians
  • Support areas of growth in the City
  • Fill gaps in the existing cycling network

Consultation

Links to Cambridge North Station and Science Park

We would like to know your views on some changes to the design of Nuffield Road as part of this scheme. You can complete a survey on the changes by clicking HERE. Please complete the survey by Friday 10 March 2017. You can always contact us via email (city.deal@cambridgeshire.gov.uk), by phone (01223 699906) or by post (City Deal Team, SH1311, Shire Hall, Cambridge, CB3 0AP).

These changes include:

  • Along the south eastern side of Nuffield Road from the Junction with Green End Road to Pippin Drive, we propose a mainly 3m wide two-way cycle lane.
  • Wands (upright plastic posts) are proposed to be installed between the cycleway and the carriageway.
  • There will be sections of 3-3.5m width shared-use path at each end of the segregated cycle lane where space is more limited. In order to achieve these widths we are proposing to widen a short section of path into the park by 1 metre to provide enough width for a shared path.
  • A zebra crossing which cyclists can use is also proposed on Green End Road which will connect cyclists to this new route to the station.
  • The layby in front of the school would be relocated to the other side of the road, and the wall along the Mortlock Estate would be removed.
  • This is in order to provide a footway to the back of the verge whilst retaining the trees which the original consultation showed was important to respondents.
  • Additional planting or fencing could also be put in where there are areas of open space fronting Nuffield Road which would keep a sense of it being a private space, and we would welcome any suggestions or thoughts from residents of the estate on this.

Here are visualisations of what the final scheme could look like:

Nuffield Road Visualisation
Nuffield Road Layby visualisation
Nuffield Road Layby visualisation
Nuffield Road no wall visualisations

You can download the scheme drawings here:

We will be an exhibition in the Brown Fields Community Centre between the 13 and 17 February.

The Schemes

Links to Cambridge North Rail Station and the Science Park

Construction of safe and attractive cycle links to the new Cambridge North Rail station, the Business and Science parks will start on 30 January 2017. The project has been divided into three phases:

  • Green End Road from Water Lane to Nuffield Road: work for this section will start on 30 January.
  • Nuffield Road: We are currently consulting on this phase. find out more and complete the survey here.
  • Green End Road from Nuffield Road to Milton Road: work is planned to start in the next twelve months

Cycle links to Science Park 

What will be built in phase 1?

  • 1.5-1.7m wide advisory cycle lanes will be built on both sides of the road.
  • The white line in the centre of the road will be removed.
  • New kerbs will be put in at the junctions with Enniskillen Road and Kendal Way.
  • A new style crossing of the Frank’s Lane junction will give greater priority to pedestrians.
  • The double yellow lines outside Chesterton Primary School will be extended.
  • Double yellow lines are planned from the junction with Scotland Road to Water Lane with gaps for some parking, outside the shops and traffic calming cushions along the same section.
  • A new style bus stop will be built near Frank’s Lane.  This bus stop is similar to the new stops on Huntingdon Road, which separates cyclists from motorists. The cycle lane will go on the inside of the bus stop between the footway and the stop. 

Please see the construction drawings for more details.

Traffic Management
Most of the works can be carried out with minimal disruption to traffic by using stop & go boards. We will try and keep disruption for residents and road users to an absolute minimum. However, the road will need to be closed for a few days to remove a central island near the Nuffield Road roundabout and to carry out other works, which cannot be done whilst the road is open to traffic. The closures will take place on Sundays to minimise disruption and are currently scheduled for 26 February, 19 March and 26 March.

The junction of Green End Road with Kendal Way will also be closed in mid-March. This is to make the junction slightly narrower and to realign the kerb line. We will be publishing details on our web site, with signs on the road and by letter to directly affected properties.

The signed diversion route will be via local roads and Milton Road. Access to properties will be maintained at all times.  Pedestrians and cyclists will be able to get past the road closures.

The work on phase 1 of Green End Road will be completed during Spring 2017.

Why are the cycling improvements necessary?
Green End Road is heavily used by cyclists heading to the Business and Science Parks and the Guided Busway. Nuffield Road will also become an important part of the walking and cycling network, providing direct access to the new Cambridge North Station. This project aims to improve the safety and attractiveness of these routes. 

Further information

Detailed drawings, as presented at the public consultation in 2016: Milton Road to Nuffield Road uni-directional (PDF, 743KB), Milton to Nuffield Road bi-directional (PDF, 704KB), Nuffield Road junction uni-directional (PDF, 602KB), Nuffield Road junction bi-directional (PDF, 704KB), Nuffield Road to Evergreens (PDF, 564KB), Evergreens to Water Lane (PDF, 582KB) and Nuffield Road (PDF, 406KB). These drawings are being amended as a result of public and stakeholder feedback in order to improve the scheme.

Hills Road and Addenbrooke's Route

This is a key route for people accessing local schools and sixth form colleges as well as the Biomedical Campus. The cycle facilities at the junction of Hills Road/Long Road/Queen Edith’s Way are limited. The route aims to provide safer crossing for pedestrians and cyclists accessing the Biomedical Campus.

Works are due to begin in February/March 2017. More information, including scheme drawings and project officers who will be available to answer questions will be available at the following event:

  • Thursday 26 January, 17:30 - 19:30, St John the Evangelist's Church, Hills Road CB2 8RN

Please see the scheme drawing for more information. If you have any questions please contact city.deal@cambridgeshire.gov.uk

Hills Road and Addenbrooke's Route

Arbury Road Route

Phase One (St Catharine's road to St Albans Road) of this scheme has now been completed.

Increased traffic from new housing developments in north Cambridge will put extra pressure on Arbury Road. The cycling provision on Arbury Road is limited and of poor quality. This project will provide safer junctions and new raised cycle lanes along Arbury Road and thereby improve access to employment sites, schools and local facilities.

Detailed consultation drawings are available: Section 1 (PDF, 1023KB), Section 2 (PDF, 403KB), Section 3 (PDF, 594KB).  These are being amended as a result of public and stakeholder feedback in order to improve the scheme.

Arbury Road Route

Ditton Lane and Links to East Cambridge

National Cycle Network 11 and 51 (NCN 11 & NCN 51) crosses Ditton Lane near Fison Road and then runs parallel to the river Cam and connects the City Centre with East Cambridge. This route is extensively used by cyclists heading to Newmarket Park & Ride and Marshalls. In the future the route is also likely to be used by those travelling to the Wing housing development.

This scheme will ensure improvements to the busy NCN 11 & NCN 51 and improve the links to the local area, Fen Ditton Primary School and Horningsea.Detailed consultation drawings are available: Section 1 (PDF, 246KB), Section 2 (PDF, 229KB)Section 3 (PDF, 240KB) and Section 4 (PDF, 246KB). These drawings are being amended as a result of public and stakeholder feedback in order to improve the scheme.Ditton Lane and links to East Cambridge

Fulbourn/Cherry Hinton Eastern Access

The growth of housing and employment sites in the Cherry Hinton and Fulbourn Road area, such as the expansion of the ARM headquarters will put further pressure on local roads. Improving the cycleway on Fulbourn Road would enhance cycle access to the city centre and contribute to the completion of the cycleway network in this part of south-east Cambridge.

Detailed consultation drawings are available: Section 1 (PDF, 516KB), Section 2 (PDF, 239KB), Section 3 (PDF, 331KB) and Section 4 (PDF, 221KB). These drawings are being amended as a result of public and stakeholder feedback in order to improve the scheme.

Funding

Cross City Cycling has a budget of £8,000,000 of which £25,000 has been set aside for cycle parking throughout the city and £200,000 for minor improvements to the cycling network.

The Consultation

The consultation took place between Monday 4 January and Monday 15 February 2016. Leaflets with paper survey inserts were distributed around each of the five project areas, and made available at publically accessible locations, such as community centres and libraries. A link to the online survey was on the City Deal webpages and on Facebook & Twitter.
In total 7 public exhibitions were held. These provided members of the public with a chance to view detailed drawings and plans of each scheme and speak with project officers. Around 150 people attended the exhibitions.

The City Deal Executive Board approved the Cross City Cycling schemes on 9 June 2016 and agreed to increase the funding for the project. You can view the minutes and decisions of this meeting here.

You can view the papers presented to the Executive Board on 9 June 2016 below:

Additional Information

You can view the project briefs that were provided to consultants here:

Contact us

If you have any questions, thoughts or ideas, please get in contact with us: