Your streets this month

City Centre

Temporary traffic lights all over the place because of the Grand Arcade.
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Anyone who has cycled through the city centre recently may have noticed a few law-abiding cyclists waiting forlornly in King’s Parade or in Peas Hill waiting for a red traffic light to turn green and staring at a completely empty road ahead, their frustration increased by the less patient and law-abiding sailing by into the distance. This is all due to work at the Grand Arcade and the installation of traffic calming in Wheeler Street and Corn Exchange Street which is at present closed to all but pedestrians.

The 20 mph speed limit in this area will be introduced when the works are complete, but the contraflow lane will not be provided until later in the year when the car park exit layout and signage has been finalised.

Further information from Brian Stinton or Susan Mills on 01223 712244 or email cambridge.projects@cambridgeshire.gov.uk.

Parkside

Long-distance buses are now operating out of Parkside. A new dropped kerb is in place for cyclists just beyond.
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Long-distance buses are now operating out of Parkside, with a number of new bus shelters in place and a new taxi rank to serve passengers. There has been much opposition to this move, not least because one of Cambridge’s major secondary schools is situated on Parkside and pupils use Parker’s Piece across the road from the school for sport. There is also a nursery school opposite the bus stops. Cambridge Cycling Campaign and many local occupants have tried hard to persuade the County Council that Parkside should be included in the City Centre 20 mph speed limit zone. However, we have not been successful. The 20 mph zone starts just after the crossing between Parkside School and Parker’s Piece. We also asked for the opportunity to be taken to improve the dropped kerb position. We succeeded in this.

Snakey Path

Cambridge County Council issued a Temporary Prohibition of Use Order in February, ‘the effect of which is to stop any pedestrian or pedal-cyclist from proceeding along Footpath No.1 [the Snakey Path] between its junctions with Burnside and Daws Lane. It is anticipated that the closure, which is necessary to enable watercourse bank piling to be undertaken, will commence on Monday 26 March 2007 and last for approximately four weeks. The closure will take place between 8 am and 5 pm Mondays to Fridays.’

Riverside bridge

Work begins soon on the new foot and cycle bridge which will span the River Cam from the former Simoco site in Chesterton across to Riverside. It will include features such as a low level walkway, a separate and slightly elevated cycleway and a number of sculpted seats on the northern approach from Chesterton across the floodplain. Works are due to start on site in April with completion a year later.

Riverside will be closed to motor vehicle traffic for six months (access will remain open at all times for pedestrians and cyclists).

Histon cycleway

Works for a new cycle and footpath to tie into the existing shared-use path along Park Lane, from the Girton-Oakington road to Histon are well under way. This 1.8 m wide path, which was originally to reach just to the Guided Busway route, will now be extended to the sharp bend into Histon. It will provide a useful link to National Cycle Network route 51.

Cambridgeshire Guided Bus

The Guided Bus scheme became a reality on 5 March when Transport Secretary Douglas Alexander welcomed the construction of the factory dedicated to producing the concrete guideway for the project. A 1.5 km (1 mile) test section of the busway is scheduled to be completed for trials later this year. The busway is due to open in Spring 2009.

For further information contact Kara Hill on 01223 718510.