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Construction of a major new cycleway scheme on Hills Road in Cambridge will start in two weeks

By Ben Comber

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

From Monday June 12 works are due to last until early September.

Works will begin on Monday June 12 and will include an outbound road closure, between Long Road and the Addenbrooke’s roundabout, with a short diversion for the duration. The in-bound lane will be open throughout.

Construction began in January on the Hills Road cycleway which is set to provide better and safer journeys for thousands of cyclists and pedestrians who use the key route to access local homes, schools and workplaces, including the hospital and the Cambridge Biomedical Campus (CBC).

The new facilities will include safer crossings at Addenbrooke’s roundabout and the junction of Hills Road, Long Road and Queen Edith’s Way, and two new bus stops, along with nearly 700m of dedicated inbound and outbound raised cycle lanes.

Mike Davies, cycling team leader, said: “We have worked closely with our contractor, bus operators and ambulance services, over a number of months to plan a programme of works that will be completed as soon as possible.

“The outbound road closure is essential to allow this to happen in the quickest, safest possible way, and we will ensure that we keep local residents and road users fully informed throughout.”

From Monday June 12 works are due to last until early September. Contractors will be working six days a week (Monday to Saturday) to complete the scheme whilst travel levels are at among the lowest over the summer holiday period.

Permanent traffic lights will replace the temporary traffic lights that are currently in operation at Hills Road/Long Road prior to 12 June, which will ensure the traffic is managed more efficiently and effectively during the road closure.

Motorists are asked not to drive through the Cambridge Biomedical Campus to divert through the road closure as this could impede access for emergency vehicles.

Local households are being updated with details and contacts and road-side signage will be in operation to provide information and advance warning to road users.

Transport officers for the Greater Cambridge City Deal, which is funding the cycling improvement project, have hand-delivered letters to local residents to raise awareness and answer any questions.

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


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