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Histon Road in Cambridge to close to citybound traffic from June 29 for up to a year: Diversions and bus route changes revealed

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Histon Road in Cambridge will close to citybound motor vehicles for up to a year from June 29 as upgrade work is carried out, it has been confirmed.

A diversion will be in place, via the A14, Milton Road and Victoria Road for motor vehicles.

How Histon Road will look.
How Histon Road will look.

Cyclists and pedestrians will, however, be able to travel both ways and access for residents to their properties will be maintained throughout.

The closure is needed to progress the Greater Cambridge Partnership’s scheme, which will introduce a new bus lane, along with improved paths and cycleways.

The work 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.

The work has been divided into phases:

  • Phase A – 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.
  • Phases B and D - work between Victoria Road and King’s Hedges Road requires the closure of Histon Road to all city-bound motor traffic for up to a year.

Where will Histon Road be closed?

The road closure point will begin just south of the King’s Hedges Road junction, allowing inbound traffic to access King’s Hedges Road, as well as construction and farm traffic to enter the Darwin Green site.

How will buses be affected?

The temporary closure will impact 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 will serve Histon Road outbound.

A new shuttle bus, route 8H, will be provided to compensate for the loss of inbound services on Histon Road. This will circulate from the city centre via Victoria Road to Histon Road and to Orchard Park.

More details on the bus diversions will be available on the Stagecoach website.

What is the purpose of the scheme?

How Histon Road will look.
How Histon Road will look.

Cllr Aidan Van de Weyer, chair of the GCP’s executive board, said: “Walking and cycling will play a vital role in our recovery from Covid-19, and so it is more important than ever to progress works on Histon Road to make it easier and safer for people to get around.

“This project will help more people to get out of their cars and walk, cycle, or take better public transport services to places of work and education – cutting congestion and improving the quality of the air we breathe.

“We understand the inbound road closure will be an inconvenience to the people who live in Histon Road or travel along it in the short term, and I thank people for their patience while we carry out this vital work which will significantly improve journeys in the long term.”

More information on the road works are on the project page on the GCP website.

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