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Transport plan keeps Milton Road a “green gateway”

Published: Wednesday, 14th June 2017

Draft plans to build on the community ideas to improve Milton Road for pedestrians, cyclists and bus users were presented to the public at the Milton Road Local Liaison Forum meeting.

 Updated designs for better bus, cycling and walking journeys along Milton Road - based on community ideas – have been presented at a public meeting.

Congestion on Milton Road, a key route into the city from the north, has increased in recent years - and is set to grow even further with new housing development including up to 8,000 new homes at Waterbeach.

Plans are underway to provide faster and more reliable bus journeys into the city, as well as safe and high-quality cycling and pedestrian facilities along its length, to help accommodate future growth and as part of a wider strategy to encourage a shift to sustainable travel.

Transport officers for the Greater Cambridge City Deal, which is funding the project, reported back updated plans and traffic modelling to members of the local community.

Key elements include:

  • Ensuring Milton Road is safe for all users, increase bus use and reduce congestion.
  • Maintaining Milton Road as a “green gateway” to the city with new tree planting throughout the route to replace existing trees by working with tree experts and the local community to create conditions that will ensure trees are healthy, suitable for the location and thrive for years to come.
  • Inbound and outbound lengths of bus lane, but avoiding any overlap to retain a three lane road width – adding only an additional 240m of bus lane to current conditions.
  • New segregated cycle routes and green landscaping throughout the scheme.
  • Modified signalised junction layouts at Gilbert Road, Elizabeth Way, Arbury Road and King’s Hedges Road.

The drafts plan were presented to the public at a Milton Road Local Liaison Forum held at Chesterton Community College on Tuesday 13 July.

Chris Tunstall, Interim Transport Director for the Greater Cambridge City Deal said: “I’d like to thank the members of the LLF for their time and commitment in working with us to ensure that adjustments to the Milton Road scheme benefit the community and respond to traffic requirements for future generations.”

He added:  “These are not the final plans and we’ll continue to work in partnership with the community, and others, to develop the final scheme but there is a clear commitment to both improve commuter journeys as well as to maintain Milton Road as a green gateway to the city.”

The plans presented were purely conceptual and will be taken to the Greater Cambridge City Deal Executive Board this July for their approval of a detailed design to be worked up. There will also be opportunities for the local community to have their say on specific elements, including locations of the bus stops and pedestrian crossings outside junctions, as part of the detailed design work.

Congestion on Milton Road has increased in recent years, with under 24,500 using the road every day in 2012, to over 27,000 in 2015. Traffic is expected to continue to rise by 30% in the next fifteen years.

The scheme forms part of a wider plan by the City Deal local partnership to invest in a better, greener transport network in the coming years, to maintain the successful local economy and quality of life.

A public consultation with residents, businesses and commuters on a detailed design using the community plans for Milton Road is planned for early 2018.