Your streets this month

This article was published in 2001, in Newsletter 37.

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Under construction

Construction of a bus priority scheme has started on Trumpington Road. As part of this scheme, several lengths of mandatory cycle lane have been introduced. In general these are of a good standard; of adequate width and with a red surface. The exception is the outbound lane on the approach to Trumpington that is too narrow.

In addition, lengths of narrow advisory cycle lane have been introduced past the parking bays near the Botanic Gardens. These bring cyclists much too close to parked cars with danger from opening doors. We have asked, in vain, for them to be either widened or removed. See article in this issue. Comments to Richard Preston.

Major works are currently under construction at the Chesterton Road-Elizabeth Way Roundabout in an attempt to slow traffic and reduce the number of collisions, especially those involving cyclists . All four approaches to this fast and intimidating roundabout are being realigned and reduced to two lanes. Hatching is also being introduced around the central island to cut down the number of lanes around the roundabout. For cyclists there will be segregated by-pass lanes on three of the approaches that lead, rather controversially, into cycle lanes around the periphery of the roundabout. Direction markings on the roundabout approaches will, we hope, make it clear to all road-users that cyclists going straight-ahead and right should use the main traffic lanes, not these bypasses. We will be watching this scheme closely to see whether it works in practice. Comments to Malcolm Mugridge.

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Cycle bypass at the Chesterton Road-Elizabeth Way roundabout Pity about the new chicanes on each side of this Toucan crossing on Elizabeth Way

In addition, a Toucan Cycle Crossing is being constructed across Elizabeth Way just south of the roundabout at a point where it is currently almost impossible to cross. This will allow east-west cyclists to avoid the roundabout altogether, though it is likely to be most convenient for those heading westbound. The value of this crossing, especially at off-peak times, will also depend on just how long cyclists have to wait for the lights to change. Pity about the new chicanes on each side of this crossing. Comments to Malcolm Mugridge.

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The Cherry Hinton Road-Perne Road-Mowbray Road roundabout is being altered to reduce the accident rate

An accident remedial scheme is also under construction at the Cherry Hinton Road-Perne Road Roundabout. The size of the central island is being increased and the number of approach lanes reduced. There will also be segregated by-pass lanes for cyclists turning left from Cherry Hinton Road in each direction and cycle lanes on some of the roundabout approaches. Unlike at Chesterton Road (see above) there is no ambiguity about the purpose of these bypass lanes: they are clearly for left-turners only. In addition the three pelican crossings near the junction are being converted to toucans to allow some cycle movements to be performed using pavement cycleways. Comments to Chris Creed.

Future plans

Cambridgeshire County Council has approved the construction of a cycle- and foot-bridge beside the existing road bridge over the railway on Coldham’s Lane. See article in this issue. Comments to John Clough.


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Newmarket Road. Removing the eastbound U-turn and westbound right turn lanes at the railway bridge will allow the construction of a two-way segregated cycle track between Swann’s Road and Ditton Walk

Improvements for cyclists have been proposed for Newmarket Road. The biggest change is the removal of the eastbound U-turn and westbound right turn lanes at the railway bridge that will allow the construction of a two-way segregated cycle track between Swann’s Road and Ditton Walk. Together with the conversion of the Ditton Road pelican to a toucan, this should considerably improve the various cycle routes between Coldham’s Common, Riverside and Ditton Walk. In addition, a straight-ahead central cycle approach lane will be provided at the Wadloes Road roundabout. We will be watching this carefully, since cyclists using a roundabout should generally occupy a traffic lane rather than trying to ride between them. The existing straight-ahead central cycle approach lane to the Ditton Lane junction will be widened. This is very welcome but it is a pity that an advanced stop line has not been proposed as well. Further lengths of pavement will also be converted to poor-quality pavement cycleways on the north side between Wadloes Road and Ditton lane and between Ditton Lane and Marshall’s. Comments to John Isherwood.


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The Fair Street crossing of Maid’s Causeway. Cycle lanes will help a bit here

Additional lengths of cycle lane are to be provided in Maid’s Causeway. We are pleased to see plans for cycle lanes on the approaches to the buildouts at Fair Street and Napier Street, which we have requested many times. Additional cycle lanes – probably rather narrow – are also proposed for a number of other sections of this road. Comments to Richard Preston.


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East Road. At the Grafton Centre exit, this outbound cycle lane will be remodelled to give cyclists priority over vehicles leaving the car park

East Road will also see a number of changes intended to help cyclists. At the city end, the cycle lane by the fire station (where the road narrows) will be straightened and surfaced in red. At the Dover Street – Broad Street junction, advisory cycle lanes will be marked across the side roads, also in red. The existing, rather narrow, cycle lanes between Norfolk Street and St Matthew’s Street will also be given a red surface. Advanced stops with approach lanes are to be provided at the St Matthew’s Street signals. At the Grafton Centre exit, the outbound cycle lane will be remodelled to give cyclists priority over vehicles leaving the car park – a very welcome change indeed. Comments to Richard Preston.


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The Norfolk Street-Burleigh Street pelican crossing is at last to be converted to a toucan crossing

The Norfolk Street-Burleigh Street pelican crossing is at last to be converted to a toucan crossing. This is also a very welcome and long overdue development on a very busy cycle route – though we have not seen any detailed plans yet. A right-turn lane will also be marked on East Road for cyclists turning right into Norfolk Street. The closure of Norfolk Street to motor vehicles is being considered though it appears more likely that traffic calming (raised tables) will be introduced instead. Comments to Richard Preston.

Parking on East Road outside the take-aways opposite Anglia Polytechnic University will be banned between 7 am and 7 pm, with a ban on stopping (Urban Clearway) from 7-10 am and 4-10 pm. Comments to Richard Preston.


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Tennis Court Road: there are plans to make this end of it one way for motor vehicles

Plans have been announced to reduce the congestion caused by traffic queuing to enter Lion Yard and various other city centre car parks. At busy times (mainly Saturday afternoons) the car park will be closed when full and traffic directed to other car parks. Although cyclists using Trumpington Street and Pembroke Street have long had to contend with queues of cars it is only now, when Park and Ride buses are due to use this route, that the County Council has decided to do anything about it. In addition, the city end of Tennis Court Road is to be made one-way outbound for motor vehicles (it will remain two-way for cycles). This will be of particular benefit to cyclists as it will eliminate the inconvenience and danger caused by vehicles emerging from Tennis Court Road blocking the Pembroke Street contraflow lane. Comments to Richard Preston.

Addresses for comments

Richard Preston, Team Leader (Cambridge projects), Mailbox ET1018, Cambridgeshire County Council, Castle Court, Shire Hall, Cambridge CB3 0AP.

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

John Clough, Senior Project Engineer, Cambridgeshire County Council, Castle Court, Shire Hall, Cambridge CB3 0AP.

John Isherwood, Senior Engineer, Cambridge City Council, The Guildhall, Cambridge CB2 3JQ.

Chris Creed, Assistant Engineer, Mailbox ET1018, Cambridgeshire County Council, Castle Court, Shire Hall, Cambridge CB3 0AP