Weekly Update – 27th May – City Deal reports released with significant implications for cycling

Including City Deal Updates: City Centre Access and Capacity, Cross-City Cycling Routes, Histon Road, Milton Road, A10 Cycleway – Cambridge to Royston, Urban and Environmental Design Guidance

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City Deal Updates

It has been a big week for the Cambridge City Deal with a number of key reports released for presentation to the City Deal Joint Assembly and Executive Board. We urge members with an interest in the City Deal to get involved as we will need all hands on deck to get through the many City Deal projects currently underway. Please send Roxanne a reply email if you would like to help.

You can access all of the reports from the City Deal Joint Assembly meeting agenda.

In the meantime here is a very quick summary of the various projects, with links to the relevant Cyclescape discussion threads. Please note we are yet to review all of the documentation in detail.

City Centre Access and Capacity

The City Centre Access and Capacity report follows on from the 'Call for Evidence' into congestion which was held last year. It appears that congestion charging will no longer be considered. Instead, the report presents the following ideas:

  • Better bus services and expanded usage of Park and Rides
  • Better pedestrian and cycling infrastructure
  • Better streetscape and public realm
  • Peak Congestion Control Points in the weekday morning and evening peak periods
  • A Workplace Parking Levy On-Street Parking Controls (including ResidentsParking)
  • Smart Technology
  • Travel Planning

We are pleased that the Cycling Projects Team is requesting approval to go ahead with the cross-city plans and that they have requested more funding to ensure quality of implementation rather than compromise. The aim is to begin construction of the individual schemes from Late 2016.

You can join discussions about the cross-city routes with the following links:
Green End Road, Arbury Road, Hills Road, Fulbourn/Cherry Hinton Eastern Access, Ditton Lane

Histon Road

The recommendation is to proceed with the “do maximum” proposal that was consulted on, with the exclusion of floating bus-stops.

Milton Road

The recommendation is to proceed with the ”do something" option, which will utilise three carriageways as at present. The proposal includes inbound and outbound bus lanes on key junction approaches and will include Elizabeth Way and Union Lane junction changes but exclude banned turns. There will be cycleways on both sides along the whole route although design standards are yet to be determined. There will also be side road junction and footway improvements as well as floating bus stops where space permits. There are also plans to utilise parking and traffic management mitigating measures. The tidal-flow bus-lane proposals are no longer under consideration.

A10 Cycleway – Cambridge to Royston

The board will be asked to approve funding of £550,000 to complete the Melbourn to Cambridge link.

Urban and Environmental Design Guidance

We are very concerned at the appalling design guide that the City Deal board is being asked to adopt. We are formulating our response which will condemn the wilful ignorance of existing standards in the UK and point out the wastefulness of expenditure on WSP consultants who have produced a substandard, if not dangerous, guide.


Consultations we are working on

40 student apartments and a day nursery on Romsey Labour Club site, Mill Road (16/0821/FUL)

We are writing an objection to this application to turn the Romsey Labour Club site into a mixed use development with a Day Nursery and 40 student rooms. The cycle parking provision and access is inadequate and there are significant inaccuracies in the traffic analysis and in the assumptions made about the local area.

Construction of 14 flats with cycle stores at Hayling House Fen Road Cambridge (16/0617/FUL)

We have written an objection to this planning application due to problems with the design and quantity of cycle parking. You can read our full objection online.


Upcoming events

See our campaign diary online

2nd June – City Deal Joint Assembly Meeting: 10am in Cambourne. We will be attending and have requested to speak.

7th June – Huntingdon Rd Cycleways consultation: 4.30–7.30pm, Buckingham House, Murray Edwards College, The Foyer Room, Huntingdon Road, Cambridge, CB3 0DF

7th June – Monthly Meeting: Cycling Cities Infrastructure Evening. We will have presentations from council representatives from London, Newcastle and Birmingham with other cities also in attendance.

9th June – City Deal Executive Board: 2.30pm at The Meadows Community Centre, Cambridge

9th June – North Area Committee Meeting: 6.30 pm North Cambridge Academy, Arbury Road, Cambridge CB4 2JF.

24-26th June – CycleHack Cambridge: Find out more and register online.

5th July – Monthly Meeting: We are planning a City Deal Special. Details to be announced.


In the News

In this week’s 'Life in the cycling lane' Robin compares the risks of driving over the speed limit with the risks of driving over the blood alcohol limit.

There have been several articles in the Cambridge News about the City Deal and they offer a good summary of the reports.