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A public consultation has opened on trial measures that were introduced to increase active travel by bike and on foot around the Newtown area.

The trial restrictions at the junction of Panton Street and Pemberton Terrace. Picture: Keith Heppell
The trial restrictions at the junction of Panton Street and Pemberton Terrace. Picture: Keith Heppell

The four-week consultation on the Greater Cambridge Partnership’s phase two active travel measures – which were rolled out in the Newtown area of Cambridge in January 2021 – will close on June 11.

The consultation asks whether the measures, which were introduced using experimental traffic regulation order (ETRO) powers, should be made permanent, changed or removed. Those measures included closing parts of Bateman Street, Pemberton Terrace, Panton Street and Coronation Street to traffic.

Planters and bollards were installed in Panton Street to prevent motor vehicles but cyclists and pedestrians could travel through the closure point.

The trial restrictions at the junction of Bateman Street and Panton Street, Cambridge. Picture: Keith Heppell
The trial restrictions at the junction of Bateman Street and Panton Street, Cambridge. Picture: Keith Heppell

While an ETRO trial can last for a maximum of 18 months before decisions need to be made on whether to keep the changes, it is expected that final decisions on the future of the GCP experimental schemes will be taken by Cambridgeshire County Council later this year.

A public consultation on measures installed in Newtown under phase one of the works was held over the winter, and the findings of this, along with those from phase two, are due to be presented at the autumn meetings of the GCP’s Joint Assembly and Executive Board.

To find out more and take part in the survey, visit the Greater Cambridge Partnership’s website.

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