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More experimental traffic orders come into force in Cambridge




Further experimental traffic regulation orders (ETROs) are to be rolled out in the Newtown area of Cambridge from today (Wednesday).

The Greater Cambridge Partnership will implement the additional trial schemes to make it easier for people to travel around the region on foot and bicycle during the Covid-19 pandemic.

One of the existing ETROs at the Panton Street and Pemberton Terrace junction in Cambridge. Picture: Keith Heppell
One of the existing ETROs at the Panton Street and Pemberton Terrace junction in Cambridge. Picture: Keith Heppell

In phase one of the Newtown ETROs delivered last year, three short sections of road were closed to all motor vehicles – on Bateman Street, Coronation Street and Pemberton Terrace.

At the same time, the section of Coronation Street between St Eligius Street and Panton Street became two-way during the trial period.

Phase 2 of the Newtown schemes will involve:

  • Closing a short section of Panton Street mid-way between Saxon Street and Union Road to all motor vehicles.
  • Making the section of Panton Street between Saxon Street and Union Road two-way for all vehicles on either side of the road closure point.
  • Allowing cyclists to use the sections of Panton Street between Saxon Street and Lensfield Road, and between Russell Court and Union Road in both directions with motor vehicles still required to go one-way, northbound.
  • Reversing the current one-way flow in Norwich Street so that it runs from Panton Street towards Hills Road (cycling will still be allowed in both directions).
  • Planters and bollards will be installed in Panton Street to prevent motor vehicles but cyclists and pedestrians will still be able to travel through the closure.
One of the existing ETROs at the Panton Street and Pemberton Terrace junction in Cambridge. Picture: Keith Heppell
One of the existing ETROs at the Panton Street and Pemberton Terrace junction in Cambridge. Picture: Keith Heppell

A public consultation on these phase two schemes will be held later this year, the Greater Cambridge Partnership said.


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