This article was published in 2006, in Newsletter 69.
Core Traffic Scheme stage 4
Work on Core Stage 4 in Regent Street and St Andrew’s Street is progressing. A right turn arrow into Park Terrace has been painted on the surface of Regent Street and a central island installed just north of the junction. In the months to come rising bollards will be installed in the inbound side which will let through only permitted traffic – mainly buses, taxis and the disabled. Cyclists are permitted and are given access via a cycle bypass very much like the ones in Bridge Street. However, there is a build-out directly afterwards (albeit one which contains much-needed cycle parking). We’ve already heard of several reports of problems with this.
In Park Terrace a ten-minute bus lay-over has been marked out behind and a bit beyond Hobbs Pavilion. Three new bus shelters have been installed along Parkside ready for long-distance coach travellers.
The installation of the new toucan crossing in Long Road between Hills Road and Robinson Way is almost complete. The crossing is intended to provide safe pedestrian and cycle access to the Cancer Research Centre’s proposed residential development and to the wider Addenbrooke’s site, including their 2020 development vision. It is also intended to link with existing cycle routes in the area. The decision to install this toucan crossing was taken by the AJC in October last year after considering all the objections and following consultation.
This path alongside the railway line is now well used and is delightful to cycle along (see article on page 13). The smooth machine-laid surface is excellent for cycling. The centre of a long stretch is filled with 10 257 stripes in red, yellow, green and blue. The strips represent genetic letters, or bases, of a vital human gene, BRCA2, which were decoded at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute at Hinxton. Variants can cause breast cancer, so we hope that the stripes have been laid in exactly the correct order!
Recently, solar-powered LED lights have been put in along each side of the path. These give a wonderful guide in the dark. However, readers be warned! At the bridge across Hobson’s Brook and at the corner which turns towards the hospital, there are bollards. These were not easy to see with just an ordinary cycle light before the LEDs were installed, but now the posts are almost impossible to see as they are inside the line of lights.
Plans for a 347-dwelling development have been submitted for the Bell School site to the west of Babraham Road. Access to the site would be from a new junction between Wort’s Causeway and Granham’s Road. The plans show a toucan crossing of Babraham Road at this junction, using a two-stage crossing with two buttons to press. A third button would have to be pressed in order to cross the new access road. The junction would create narrow traffic lanes and pinch points which, like those at Arbury Court, would be both unpleasant and dangerous for on-road cyclists.
The Campaign has objected to the junction and proposed instead that an access road should be constructed from the Wort’s Causeway junction where there is more space.
The shared-use path along the north side of Brooklands Avenue is soon to be extended right up to Hills Road. Flush kerbs are soon to be put in so that cyclists can ride straight into the cycle lane in Hills Road and also for them to access the forward box at the top of Brooklands Avenue. This will be very helpful for going towards the city centre, and helpful but not altogether ideal for turning right onto Hills Road bridge.