Milton Road upgrade in Cambridge ‘may take three years longer’
Works to improve journeys on Milton Road in Cambridge may not be completed until 2024, a report has shown.
The scheme had been due to be completed in 2021, with construction due to be started early this year.
However, the project was pushed back after concerns were raised that construction would be started at the same time as works were being carried out on Histon Road.
Together it was feared that the schemes would bring traffic to a halt in the north of the city.
Assurances had been sought by residents and local members that the schemes would not overlap.
As a result, a report to the Greater Cambridge Partnership’s executive board shows that the scheme is not estimated to be complete until 2024 – three years later than planned. It states that the project team is “currently planning to wait until Histon Road is complete before starting work on Milton Road”.
The £10million Histon Road scheme to increase capacity, creating new junctions, bus lanes and cycle routes, will start once the A14 works are finished in April or May of this year.
Once the works start, the Cambridge-bound stretch of Histon Road will be closed to vehicles for up to a year, with drivers diverted via junction 32 to junction 33 on the A14, and into the city via Milton Road.
The GCP is looking at a range of measures in Milton Road including new sections of outbound bus lane and new floating bus stops; improved cycle facilities with segregated cycle provision; improved pedestrian and cycle facilities, including Copenhagen-style priority crossings at side roads, segregated features at all main junctions, and the relocation of some crossings.
Just over £23million has been earmarked for the Milton Road scheme.