Consultation Guide: Fulbourn Greenway Phase 1 (Eastern section)

Name of consultation: GCP Fulbourn Greenway Phase 1: Eastern Section
(shortlink: tinyurl.com/FulbournGW)

From: The Greater Cambridge Partnership (GCP)
Time to complete:
10-15 minutes (plus time to read the associated information)
Format: Online survey OR email comments to consultations@greatercambridge.org.uk.

Deadline: midday on Friday 21 July

Following previous work on the Fulbourn Greenway, the GCP is now consulting on detailed plans for Phase 1: the eastern section between Apthorpe Street in Fulbourn village and Yarrow Road, via Fulbourn Old Drift.

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

The western section from Yarrow Road to Cambridge railway station involves liaison with Network Rail and is due to come to consultation later in the year.

Summary of Camcycle’s views

This phase of the Fulbourn Greenway lacks ambition: the proposals will bring little to no improvement on the existing situation. Active travel improvements are lacking within the village (especially for walking) and the proposals are over-reliant on speed cushions. A more comprehensive approach including public realm improvements, a reduction of on-street parking and new planting would have delivered a better outcome. In addition, land negotiations should have been progressed further: it is unacceptable that the widening of the shared-use path between Tesco and Fulbourn Old Drift (by the hospital cemetary) is still subject to landowner agreement. The proposals should be taken back to the drawing board and co-designed with key stakeholders involved throughout the process.

Consultation guide

Note that all questions in the consultation survey are optional. We encourage you to answer as many questions as you can and include personal opinion and experience in the open text boxes. If you are short of time, click here for our 3-minute pdf response guide.

Section 1: Cow Lane

Q3.To what extent do you support or oppose the proposal covering Section 1: Cow Lane

  • A 20mph limit along Cow Lane.

Camcycle recommends that you select ‘Strongly Support’.

20mph speed limits create safer and nicer environments for people walking and cycling.

  • Cycle-friendly speed bumps at 50-70 metre intervals (avoiding existing accesses and junctions) along Cow Lane to reduce vehicle speeds.

Camcycle recommends that you select ‘Neither support nor oppose’.

Speed bumps offer one solution to calm traffic, however other solutions can also be used in tandem with speed bumps, such as buildouts, chicanes, lane width restrictions and forward visibility. In this case we believe that sinusoidal speed bumps can be a part of the solution to managing speeds, but the systematic use of them along Cow Lane is a blinkered approach and misses opportunities to improve the street itself, not just manage speed.

Q4. Do you have any comments and suggestions on the proposed design and different features covering Section 1: Cow Lane?

These are our thoughts; please feel free to include similar comments in your response.

  • Footways should be improved to allow for greater levels of walking within the village. For example, the southern footway could be widened at narrow points along Cow Lane and the camber improved to make walking easier and more enjoyable.
  • Continuous footways should be provided across Pierce Lane, Greater Foxes, Highfield Gate, Stansfield Gardens, Cox’s Drove and the Pines. This will improve the safety and experience for people both walking and cycling.
  • Two buildouts with cycle bypasses could be installed instead of speed bumps on the straight betwe­­­­en Cox’s Drove and Pierce Lane.
  • No speed bumps are required where the natural geometry of the road reduces car speeds, for example from Greater Foxes round to Stansfield Gardens.
  • Parking areas could be marked out and provided between build-outs to encourage cars to park appropriately. This would also allow the designers to place these areas in a way that reduces speed whilst integrating planting.
  • The whole street should be resurfaced
  • There is no need to have signs for speed bumps within a 20mph zone (12.1.1 Traffic Signs Manual Chapter 5).

Section 2: Hinton Road

Q5.To what extent do you support or oppose the proposals covering Section 2: Hinton Road?

  • A 20mph limit along Hinton Road.

Camcycle recommends that you select ‘Strongly Support’, for the same reasons mentioned in Q3.

  • Cycle-friendly speed bumps at 50-70 metre intervals (avoiding existing accesses and junctions) along Hinton Road to reduce vehicle speed

Camcycle recommends that you select ‘Neither support nor oppose’, for the same reasons mentioned in Q3.

  • Widening the existing cycle bypass at Cow Lane / Hinton Road junction to two metres, providing a safer environment for eastbound cyclists along the carriageway.

Camcycle recommends that you select ‘Strongly Support’.

Widening the existing cycle bypass will improve accessibility.

Q6. Do you have any comments and suggestions on the proposed design and different features for Section 2: Hinton Road?

These are our thoughts; please feel free to include similar comments in your response.

  • As the plans note, the Teversham Road junction with Hinton Road is wide, encouraging high vehicular speed, and has poor facilities for people walking. We strongly support reducing the radii and improving the pedestrian infrastructure. In this context, the island could also be considered for removal.
  • The southern footway on Hinton Road should be widened and improved. The footpath then crosses to the northern side and requires widening up to Fulbourn Old Drift. This connectivity is vital to safely link the existing school and proposed new homes into the centre of Fulbourn.
  • A continuous footway should be provided over Cherry Orchard.
  • Improved bus facilities should be included to maximise the use of active travel.
  • Much of the parking on Hinton Road occurs on the footway. If parking areas were identified between build-out­s and planting this would help to reduce the level of pavement parking.

Section 3: Fulbourn Old Drift / Hinton Road junction

Q7. To what extent do you support or oppose the proposals covering Section 3: Fulbourn Old Drift / Hinton Road junction?

  • A 20mph limit in and around the junction to provide a safer environment, as traffic volumes can be high at this location.

Camcycle recommends that you select ‘Strongly Support’, for the same reasons mentioned in Q3.

  • A new junction bypass for eastbound cyclists to continue along the carriageway.

Camcycle recommends that you select ‘Tend to Support’.

The new cycle bypass puts cyclists back on the carriageway at an unsafe location and requires them to give way. As a minimum, we would expect to see a smoother link into the carriageway, so cyclists can smoothly transition onto the carriageway. For example, a buildout could be implemented to help cyclists join the carriageway without being required to give way.

  • A new westbound cycle track to separate cyclists from the carriageway and provide a waiting area with improved visibility.

Camcycle recommends that you select ‘Strongly Oppose’.

Whilst this proposal removes the need for someone cycling to wait in the middle of the junction to make the right turn, it would also allow any car behind them to overtake them at the junction and result in the cyclist waiting for traffic to clear. The GCP should explore other options. We believe the simplest and probably cheapest option is a T-junction which gives the priority for people cycling from Fulbourn Old Drift to Hinton Road. This would also have the added benefit of calming traffic for vehicles entering the village from Cambridge Road.

Q8. Do you have any comments and suggestions on the proposed design and different features for Section 3: Fulbourn Old Drift / Hinton Road Junction.

These are our thoughts; please feel free to include similar comments in your response.

  • The southern footway on Hinton Road should be widened and improved. The footpath then crosses to the northern side and requires widening up to Fulbourn Old Drift.
  • A new footway crossing must be provided to allow people walking to safely cross Hinton Road. This could be a zebra crossing.
  • A gateway into the village is the perfect place to meet the biodiversity net gain targets of the scheme. The open visibility on the turn into Fulbourn along Hinton Road encourages high speed and does not suggest that you are entering a village. A detailed planting strategy should be provided from the start of the 20mph zone.
  • Whilst this proposal removes the need for someone cycling to wait in the middle of the junction to make the right turn, it would also allow any car behind them to overtake them at the junction and result in the cyclist waiting for traffic to clear. The GCP should explore other options. We believe the simplest and likely cheapest option is a T-junction which gives the priority for people cycling from Fulbourn Old Drift to Hinton Road. This would also have the added benefit of calming traffic for vehicles entering the village from Cambridge Road.

Section 4: Fulbourn Old Drift

Q9. To what extent do you support or oppose the proposals covering Section 4: Fulbourn Old Drift?

  • A 20mph limit along Fulbourn Old Drift

Camcycle recommends that you select ‘Strongly Support’, for the same reasons mentioned in Q3.

  • New signage to highlight pedestrian Greenway user priority.

Camcycle recommends that you select ‘Tend to Support’.

Whilst signage that reinforces the user hierarchy can be useful, no signage within the existing package has actually been proposed.

Q10. Do you have any comment and suggestions on the proposed design and different features covering Section 4: Fulbourn Old Drift.

These are our thoughts; please feel free to include similar comments in your response.

  • The scheme must take into account the new development on the old Fulbourn Hospital site.
  • A number of build-outs with cycle bypasses could introduce planting areas whilst also helping to reduce speeds on Fulbourn Old Drift
  • The designs need to be coordinated with the proposed works associated with the planning application on the northern side.

Section 5: Tesco Path (between Fulbourn Old Drift and Yarrow Road) 

Q11. To what extent do you support or oppose the proposals covering Section 5: Tesco Path (between Fulbourn Old Drift and Yarrow Road)?

  • Widen the existing shared-use path to three metres, where possible (subject to landowner agreement)

Camcycle recommends that you select ‘Tend to Support’.

 This is specifically in regard to the section of the path between Old Drift and Tesco.  We believe that for this stage of the project, it is unacceptable to leave such major factors in limbo. Land negotiations should have been progressed further before the designs were presented for public consultation. The project will be greatly undermined if this path is not widened.

  • Improved surfacing of the existing shared-use path north of the Tesco superstore carpark (between Fulbourn Old Drift and Yarrow Road)

Camcycle recommends that you select ‘Tend to Support’.

The existing shared-use path north of Tesco is narrow and dangerous, with many known incidents. Whilst the surfacing can be improved, it must be done in a way that ensures future root movement and soil shrinkage do not result in catastrophic surface failure, as has happened with the existing path.

Beyond the surface improvement, the available space is limited and a high-quality route that meets design standards is not possible. Therefore, we would like to see an alternative route considered through the existing Tesco car park.

Q12. Do you have any comments and suggestions on the proposed design and different features covering Sections 5: Tesco Path (between Fulbourn Old Drift and Yarrow Road)?

These are our thoughts; please feel free to include similar comments in your response.

  • For this stage of the project, it is unacceptable to leave the much-needed widening of the path in limbo. Land negotiations should have been progressed further before the designs were presented for public consultation. The project will be greatly undermined if this path is not widened.
  • The existing shared-use path north of Tesco is narrow and dangerous, with many known incidents. Whilst the surfacing can be improved it must be done in a way that ensures future root movement and soil shrinkage do not result in catastrophic surface failure.
  • A route through the car park of Tesco should be explored if the existing route to the north of the car park cannot be made wide enough throughout.

General feedback

Q13. Do you have any other comments about the proposals?

These are our thoughts; please feel free to include similar comments in your response.

  • The scheme is highly unambitious and as proposed brings little to no benefit.
  • The scheme fails to recognise the opportunity to facilitate walking and cycling within the village.
  • Agreements with landholders should have been progressed further: in particular it is unacceptable that the widening of the shared-use path between Tesco and Fulbourn Old Drift (by the hospital cemetary) is still subject to landowner agreement.
  • Speed bump signage is not required within a signed 20mph zone.
  • The proposals are over-reliant on speed cushions and a more comprehensive and holistic approach that includes public realm improvements, planting and rationalisation of parking would be better.

Q14. We have a duty to ensure that our work promotes equality and does not discriminate or disproportionately affect or impact people or groups with protected characteristics under the Equality Act 2010.Please comment if you feel any of the proposals would either positively or negatively affect or impact on any such person/s or group/s 

Providing high-quality walking, wheeling and cycling infrastructure allows people of all ages and abilities to choose active travel for more of their everyday journeys, opening up access to employment opportunities, education and social activities as well as improving physical and mental health. Children are enabled to travel independently from their parents from a younger age, leading to improved skills and emotional resilience. Older people are able to travel independently for longer as they age, reducing loneliness and isolation. Reducing congestion and traffic on the roads will improve air quality for all those who live, work and travel in the area. Many people who use mobility aids, including mobility scooters, can also benefit from protected infrastructure and disabled people who have no option but to drive can benefit from less congested and more reliable journeys.

Q15. We welcome your views. If you have any other comments on the proposals, including any suggestions for inclusion on the design please add them in the space below.

  • The current proposals are particular poor for people walking and wheeling. The scheme should include continuous footways at side roads, accessible crossings and a reduced camber on footways.
  • To reduce speeds and improve the streetscape, it would be better to integrate reduced parking with build-outs (including cycle bypasses) and planting. The entrance to the village is the perfect place to meet the biodiversity net gain targets of the scheme.
  • Surfacing is vitally important for all road users. For example, Cow Lane should be fully resurfaced and the existing shared-use path north of Tesco should be resurfaced in a way that eliminates dangerous damage from root movement and soil shrinkage.
  • At the Fulbourn Old Drift / Hinton Road junction, people cycling from Fulbourn Old Drift to Hinton Road should be given priority: the simplest option here would be a T-junction, which would have the added benefit of calming traffic for vehicles entering the village from Cambridge Road.
  • Landowner agreements must be urgently progressed. For example, the shared-use path between Tesco and Fulbourn Old Drift (by the hospital cemetary) must be widened to improve this scheme. In addition, as there is limited space on the existing shared-use path north of Tesco, a high-quality route that meets design standards is not possible. An alternative route should be considered through the Tesco car park.

Complete the Fulbourn Greenway Phase 1: Eastern Section consultation survey on the GCP’s website by midday on Friday 21 July.