Construction continues on Histon Road improvement scheme
A permanent 20mph speed limit for a stretch of Histon Road will be recommended by the Greater Cambridge Partnership when it completes improvement works later this year.
Construction continues on the GCP project which includes a new bus lane, along with improved paths and cycleways.
The scheme is designed to cut congestion and air pollution, by making it easier for those travelling from the north of the city and the A14 into Cambridge.
GCP project manager Paul van de Bulk said he hoped the scheme would be finished by late summer/early autumn this year.
He said: “For now the speed limit of 20mph is temporary. Once the project is nearing completion we will be recommending that the county council consult on a Traffic Regulation Order to reduce the speed limit permanently to 20mph between Akeman Street and Victoria Road.”
“Parking will be prohibited on Histon Road for the entire length by the use of double yellow lines,” he added. “We will ask the county council for additional enforcement once we have left the site.”
Phase A of the project which includes the creation of a new road layout and enhanced walking and cycling links at the junction of Histon Road/Victoria Road/Huntingdon Road is nearing completion, with the final surfacing of the footpaths under way.
The new road layout with segregated cycling lanes and upgraded crossings aims to provide smoother and safer active travel journeys.
Contractors are finalising all of the new kerbs and footpaths along the western side of the road before the final carriageway surfacing can take place. Work has also begun to remodel the junction of Histon Road with Gilbert Road.
When complete, the Histon Road project will provide vastly improved facilities for pedestrians and cyclists and additional infrastructure to help improve public transport journeys for people travelling into Cambridge from north of the city.
Cllr Neil Gough, vice chair of the GCP’s executive board, said: “It’s very pleasing to see the significant improvements that have already been made to Histon Road with wider roads and excellent cycling lanes. When this project is complete, it will really help to improve the quality of the air and cut congestion on a busy route into Cambridge.
“The inbound road closure remains in place for the duration of construction and I’d like to thank people for their patience while we carry out this work, which will mean much better journeys in the long term.”
The city-bound road closure begins just south of the King’s Hedges Road junction to allow inbound traffic to access King’s Hedges Road, as well as construction and farm traffic to enter the Darwin Green site.
A diversion via the A14, Milton Road and Victoria Road is signposted from the A14. Cyclists and pedestrians are able to travel both ways and residents and business owners are able to access their properties throughout.
The temporary closure impacts the inbound Citi 8 and Busway B bus routes with the Citi 8 bus being diverted via King’s Hedges and Arbury and the Busway B service via Milton Road. Both bus services still serve Histon Road outbound.
A new shuttle bus, route 8H, has been provided to compensate for the loss of inbound services on Histon Road. This circulates from the city via Victoria Road to Histon Road and to Orchard Park.
For more information, visit the GCP's Histon Road project pages.