Transport consultations in Cambridge: June 2023

The Greater Cambridge Partnership has published three consultations on its Greenways and Cycling Plus schemes. Camcycle is liaising with our members to develop formal responses and consultation guides, but here’s a quick summary of what they are all about and how you can have your say.

Hills Road improvements: from the Sixth Form College to the Catholic Church junction

Cover of the Cycling Plus Hills Road consultation bookletName of consultation: GCP Cycling Plus: Hills Road
(shortlink: tinyurl.com/CyclingPlusHillsRoad)

From: The Greater Cambridge Partnership

Format: Online survey OR email consultations@greatercambridge.org.uk OR send your views by post to Greater Cambridge Partnership, PO Box 1493, Mandela House, 4 Regent Street, Cambridge CB1 0YR. You can also share thoughts on social media using the hashtag #CyclingPlusHillsRoad.

If you require help with the survey or a version of the brochure or survey in print, large print, Braille, as an audio tape or in another language, email consultations@greatercambridge.org.uk or call 01223 699906.

Deadline: Midday on Monday 24 July.

Cycling Plus is part of the GCP’s City Access project to increase walking, cycling and public transport into and within Cambridge. The GCP identified 13 corridors that could help join up the city’s cycling network and selected two for investment following a public consultation in 2021. Hills Road is the first of these schemes to come to consultation and the proposals present two options for development.

View a summary of the plans in the consultation booklet and find more information on the consultation website.

Camcycle’s views:
We welcome the consultation, but are disappointed that the GCP has not listened to feedback provided by Camcycle and other stakeholders in meetings leading up to the publication of designs. Option B clearly provides the most transformative solution for people walking and cycling and community engagement should be focused on co-creating the best possible designs for that scheme, rather than wasting public time and money asking consulting on a substandard proposal that maintains the status quo. In option B we still have concerns about the proposals for the Brooklands Avenue/Brookgate junction as it is essential that there is a safe right turn into the station area for those travelling northbound. The Catholic Church junction also needs a full redesign to prioritise and protect the most vulnerable road users.

Read our full consultation guide here.

 

Changes to the Addenbrooke’s roundabout at the junction with Fendon Road

Cover of the consulation flyer about changes to Addenbrooke's roundaboutName of consultation: GCP Addenbrooke’s Roundabout
(shortlink: tinyurl.com/AH-roundabout)

From: The Greater Cambridge Partnership

Format: Online survey OR email consultations@greatercambridge.org.uk OR send your views by post to Greater Cambridge Partnership, PO Box 1493, Mandela House, 4 Regent Street, Cambridge CB1 0YR.

If you require help with the survey or would like a hard copy of the consultation leaflet, email consultations@greatercambridge.org.uk or call 01223 699906.

Deadline: Midday on Monday 24 July.

Following the death of Anna Garrett-Quinton at the Addenbrooke’s roundabout, the county council has commissioned the GCP to include the junction within its Cycling Plus scheme for the A1134 (the ring road between here and the Coldham’s Lane Sainsbury’s). There is a small pot of funding available from the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority if the scheme can be delivered by 2024. However, that won’t be enough for a full redesign, so the GCP has focused on the Fendon Road arm of the roundabout and the crossing over the southern arm of Hills Road (which leads into Babraham Road).

View a summary of the plans in the consultation leaflet and find more information on the consultation website.

Camcycle’s views:
While there is definitely potential for some interim measures to improve safety around the Addenbrooke’s roundabout, the budget on offer will not go far enough in tackling the serious issues at this junction. The GCP’s proposal removes some issues, but creates new ones. We are particularly concerned about the lack of understanding of the desire lines of people travelling on foot and by cycle between the two sections of Hills Road and the worsening of the pedestrian experience. We do not support the proposals as presented and have worked closely with local members on a detailed consultation response.

Read our full consultation guide here.

 

Greenway proposals for Grantchester

Cover of the consultation booklet for the Grantchester section of the Haslingfield GreenwayName of consultation: GCP Haslingfield Greenway: proposals for Grantchester
(shortlink: tinyurl.com/GrantchesterGW)

From:
The Greater Cambridge Partnership (GCP)

Format: Online survey OR email consultations@greatercambridge.org.uk  OR attend one of the in-person events mentioned on the consultation website. The link to a Microsoft Word survey form is currently broken – we have asked the GCP to correct this.

Deadline: Midday on Friday 28 July.

Following two public consultations and engagement with the Grantchester community, the GCP has produced new proposals for the route of the Haslingfield Greenway as it passes through the village. The designs address concerns raised about the route potentially affecting the village’s rural character and the safety of road users.

View a summary of the plans in the consultation booklet and find more information on the consultation website.

Camcycle’s views:
We are pleased to see the GCP developing the design for the village section in collaboration with residents: all Greenways should be benefitting from this type of detailed engagement. Our main concern with the proposals is the retention of the pinch point at Burnt Close which introduces unnecessary difficulties for those on larger cycles and could create conflict between path users. We still believe that a modal filter on Grantchester Road would be the most effective, cost-efficient and environmentally-beneficial option for the route, leaving the Baulk Path as it is. We are also concerned about the view from some quarters that there should not be a walking and cycling route at all through the village. Around 15% of residents in Grantchester have no car or van: please speak up for their needs (and those of residents in surrounding villages) and strongly support the proposal for a route through the village (Question 7 of the survey).

Read our full consultation guide here.