This article was published in 2016, in Newsletter 124.
The Histon Road and Milton Road corridor schemes are two of the larger City Deal projects unveiled so far. Both have bus lanes as a major focus and both provide 2m cycle lanes each way. The plans have been drawn up by external consultants WSP Parson Brinkerhoff with, it appears, little input from the county council cycling team. For both schemes, ‘Do Something’ and ‘Do Maximum’ versions have been produced.
We urge you to look at the full plans online before responding to the consultations (links earlier in this Newsletter).
Histon Road consultation
Victoria Road Junction:
- cycle bypass for cyclists heading along Victoria Road to Huntingdon Road, leading to a standard Advanced Stop Line at that junction
- cycles-and buses-only right turn from Victoria Road into Histon Road
- cycles-only right turn into Victoria Road for traffic from Huntingdon road.
- cycles-and buses-only turn left from Histon Road into Victoria Road
- two general traffic lanes and a painted cycle lane from Histon Road to the Huntingdon Road junction.
From Victoria Road to the Petrol Station/Aldi Supermarket:
- inbound, a raised cycleway (similar to the Cambridge Kerb see Newsletter 123 http://www.camcycle.org.uk/newsletters/123/article14.html) of 1.5m width; at bus stops, passengers alight onto and get on from the cycleway; at side roads, cycleway level to be maintained with clear priority
- outbound, removing on-street parking and ‘cycle symbols every 25m alongside kerb’ in a 3.9m general traffic lane.
From the petrol station to Warwick Road/Gilbert Road:
- both directions, a raised cycleway of 2.0m width; at bus stops, passengers alight onto and get on from the cycleway; at side roads, cycleway level to be maintained with clear priority; at Windsor Road, junction kerb radius to be tightened.
Warwick Road/Gilbert Road junction:
- advanced Stop Lines on all arms
- tighter radius corners (for lower speeds) on all corners
- on Histon Road axis, early-start for cycles and red tarmac continued across junction
- outbound, no dedicated right-turn lane for traffic turning into Gilbert Road
- inbound, right turn into Warwick Road banned for all traffic including cycles.
Gilbert Road to Kings Hedges Road:
- both directions, a raised cycleway of 2m, 1.5m north of Brownlow Road
- at bus stops, passengers alight onto and get on from the cycleway
- at side roads, cycleway level to be maintained with clear priority. Kerb radius tightened at Brownlow Road
- 3m bus lane inbound.
‘Do Something’- similar to ‘Do Maximum’ scheme except:
Victoria Road to Petrol Station: 1.5m advisory cycle lanes with 2.7m general traffic lanes, parking in cycle lane off-peak.
Milton Road consultation
The ‘Do Something’ and ‘Do Maximum’ options for Milton Road (Mitcham’s Corner to the Busway) include a mixture of:
- extended and additional bus lanes
- segregated cycleways (1.5m-2m) with priority at side roads
- changes to all traffic signals to give greater priority to buses and to help their reliability
- changes to key junctions to reduce bus delays.
Elizabeth Way roundabout:
- replacing the roundabout with traffic signals to give priority to buses
- closing off Highworth Avenue to motor vehicles, with it then being accessed via Leys Road
- improving the street scene.
Arbury Road/Union Lane junction:
- closing the Union Lane arm to motor vehicles to reduce junction delays
- give more priority to buses.
- improved bus priority by providing separate bus signals
- improved facilities for cycling.
King’s Hedges/Green End Road junction
- improvements to traffic signals, cycling and walking and the street scene.
The ‘Do Something’ proposals in places put potential car parking on the left of the cycleway, putting cyclists at risk from opening doors, and in others replace the cycleway entirely with car parking.