Southern Cycleway: signs needed



The cycleway/access road along the Busway from Cambridge station to Trumpington is an excellent route not only to and from Trumpington but also Addenbrooke’s, with its hospitals and research departments. It will also serve the new settlements being built at Trumpington Meadows and Great Kneighton. But, as the photos show, there are no signs to guide those unfamiliar with the route.

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Photo 1 Looking north along Robinson Way. The path leading to the Busway is on the left, opposite the entrance to the Treatment Centre.
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Photo 2 Looking north along Robinson Way. Here on the left is the path leading to the Busway, opposite the entrance to the Treatment Centre.
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Photo 3 Looking along the path to the Busway. The path curves to the right and joins the Busway at the bridge. But there are no signs that this is the start of an off-road route to both Trumpington (to the south-west) and Cambridge city centre to the north. There is a small ‘right-of-way’ sign on the fence post. A dropped kerr to access.
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Photo 4 The start of the path to the Busway. There is a small ‘right-of-way’ sign on the fence post but no cycle route signs. A dropped kerb would make it much easier to access.
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Photo 5 Junction with Francis Crick Avenue. The first cycleway sign!
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Photo 6 Junction with Francis Crick Avenue. Pedestrian/cyclist-controlled traffic lights give access to the path alongside the Busway. The site for the new Papworth Hospital is to the left.
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Photo 7 The start of the Busway. At least this bollard is reasonably marked with white painted lines.
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Photo 8 Junction with the Busway to Trumpington. Nothing to indicate that if one turns left here one gets to Trumpington, or that one needs to turn right to go into Cambridge. Nor, coming from the opposite direction, is there any indication that the cyclist in the photo is heading towards Addenbrooke’s.
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Photo 9 Looking along the Busway towards Trumpington, As well as the route along the Busway which ends up at Trumpington Park & Ride there is a cycle path to the right which leads to the centre of Trumpington via Alpha Terrace or Foster Road, Paget Road and Anstey Way.
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Photo 10 Cyclists dismount. Coming from Trumpington the only signs one sees say ‘Cyclists dismount’ and warn against trespassing on the Busway. But if one turns left one can get to Addenbrooke’s or the city centre.
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Photo 11 Under Long Road. The cycle route goes under Long Road, but there is nothing to indicate that if one turns left, through the bollards, one comes out on Long Road south side.
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Photo 12 Under Long Road. The cycle route to the city centre goes round to the right, but if one turns left one can easily get onto the north side of Long Road (to head towards Hills Road).
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