Hills Road cycle upgrade in Cambridge delayed one week

PUBLISHED: 09:44 12 June 2017 | UPDATED: 09:44 12 June 2017

10 05 16 General views Cambridge, buses Hills Road.  Picture: Keith Heppell

10 05 16 General views Cambridge, buses Hills Road. Picture: Keith Heppell

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Underground cables need to be diverted before works can begin.

The planned road closure for the construction of the second phase of the Hills Road cycleway scheme, scheduled to begin on Monday June 12, will now be starting on Monday June 19, due to the need for extra work on underground utility cables.

This will not delay the planned end date for the works.

Mike Davies, Team Leader for City Deal Cycling Projects said: “This is an area of road that is extremely busy for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians. The improvements underway will make walking and cycling journeys far safer and more enjoyable, and we hope that this will encourage others to consider walking or cycling, reducing the amount of traffic on the roads in this growing part of the city.”

“We have worked closely with our contractor, bus operators and ambulance service, over a number of months to plan a programme of works that will be completed as soon as possible.

“The delay of the start date for the closure is due to the fact that we have found extra utility cables that need diverting before we start the work on Hills Road between Long Road and Addenbrooke’s roundabout. We are carrying on with parts of the work we can do, however, so that the closure end date should not be extended.”

The road works include an outbound lane closure between Long Road and the Addenbrooke’s roundabout with a short diversion via Queen Edith’s Way and Fendon Road. The city-bound lane will remain open to general traffic throughout the works.

Permanent traffic lights will replace the temporary traffic lights that are currently in operation at Hills Road/Long Road in June, which will ensure the traffic is managed more efficiently and effectively during the road closure.

The road closure is still estimated to finish on Monday 4 September with contractors on site six days per week (Monday-Saturday) to ensure that construction is completed as quickly as possible. Occasional work may occur on Sunday to meet tight deadlines.

Local households have been updated with details of the plans and road-side signage will be in operation to provide information and advance warning to road users.

Full information on the Hills Road to Addenbrooke’s scheme can be found online.

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