Southern section of Histon Road to reopen to traffic
The southern section of Histon Road will reopen later this week as £10.6m upgrade works near completion.
Histon Road will be reopened to all traffic between the junctions of Gilbert Road and Huntingdon Road from 6pm on Friday, August 27 – with the rest of the road due to reopen later this summer.
The works had been delayed by seven weeks during the first lockdown and as a result of additional diversion works to underground service.
The Greater Cambridge Partnership scheme, which was originally budgeted to cost £10m, 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.
Work will continue on the northern section between the junctions of Gilbert Road and Brownlow Road. Diversions remain in place for inbound motorists travelling to Cambridge from the A14. This diversion is via the A14, Milton Road and Victoria Road is signposted from the A14.
The temporary closure impacts the inbound Citi 8 and Busway B bus routes, with the Citi 8 bus being diverted via King’s Hedges and the Busway B service via Milton Road. Both bus services still serve Histon Road outbound.
Cllr Neil Gough, chair of the GCP’s executive board, said: “It is good to see the first part of the upgrade to Histon Road finished and I look forward to seeing the rest of this important project completed later this summer.
“When complete, all who use Histon Road will benefit – motorists from a resurfaced carriageway, pedestrians from the improved crossing facilities, cyclists from the new cycle lanes and bus users from more reliable journeys.
“This will help to encourage more people to leave their cars at home and switch to more sustainable modes which can cut congestion, improve journeys and air quality along Histon Road.”
But residents have complained that the width of pavements has been “reduced considerably” from the proposed 1.6m to 0.8m, leaving them “unusable for many members of the local community”. They say on bin days this gets even more of a problem, leaving the paths unsafe for parents, the elderly and disabled users.
The GCP say they are reconfiguring Histon Road to make more space for cyclists and public transport services, as well as “resurfacing footpaths adding more pedestrian crossings to improve safety for all users”.
Works to upgrade Milton Road are set to begin in spring 2022.