Your streets this month

Help us by sending your comments to the person named at the end of each item, as well as to us.

The Bad News….

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Regent Terrace: More parking means you should take extra care at peak periods.

Expect to see many more parked cars in Regent Terrace , the narrow road without a pavement that runs along the side of Parker’s Piece. Parking on the single yellow line here had previously only been allowed before 8.30 am and after 6.30 pm. These hours have now been extended, despite our objection, to allow parking until 9 am and from 5 pm.

This means that parking is now allowed on this very narrow but very busy cycle and pedestrian route when it is at its busiest. Apparently the idea is to compensate motorists, especially hotel guests, for the increased restrictions on parking in nearby Regent Street. We don’t accept this argument. In our view, parking should be reduced, not increased – especially near the junction with the cycle track at the east end.

We have six months (until 24 July) to submit a further objection to the temporary traffic order. So if you feel that Regent Terrace has been made more congested and hazardous by this change (and it may take several weeks before motorists discover the new hours), write to Richard Preston.

…and the Good News

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Hills Road – an unofficial cycle entrance to Addenbrooke’s

Councillors have approved plans for a series of dual use footway/cycleways along Hills Road between Wort’s Causeway and Purbeck Road (see article). Comments to Richard Preston.

The complex signal phasing at the Milton Road-Science Park junction has been changed to reduce the danger of drivers accidentally going through the junction when cyclists were using the nearby cycle crossing . We wrote to the County Council about this last June. A beneficial side effect of the change will be to reduce the time that cyclists will have to wait in the middle of Milton Road, since the two halves of the crossing will now operate at different points in the signal cycle. Comments to Malcolm Whitham.


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Cars line up for the Elizabeth Way-Chesterton Road roundabout racetrack

County Council officers have held a workshop to discuss ideas for improving safety at the Elizabeth Way/Chesterton Road roundabout. This consultation is at an early stage so there are no definite proposals yet. Possible changes include reducing the road width around the roundabout, remodelling its approaches to reduce traffic speeds, and the provision of some arrangement of shared-use cycleways around the junction. Comments to Malcolm Mugridge.

Addresses

Richard Preston, Team Leader (Cambridge Projects). Mailbox ET1028, Environment and Transport, Cambridgeshire County Council, Castle Court, Shire Hall, Cambridge CB3 0AP.

Malcolm Mugridge, Assistant Engineer Accident Investigation, Mailbox ET1018, Environment and Transport, Cambridgeshire County Council, Castle Court, Shire Hall, Cambridge CB3 0AP.

Malcolm Whitham, Assistant Engineer, Traffic Signals & Systems. Mailbox ET1016, Environment and Transport, Cambridgeshire County Council, Castle Court, Shire Hall, Cambridge CB3 0AP.