by Amanda Taylor on 10 June, 2020
As we return to normal life following the COVID-19 lockdown, there will be differences to the way we travel, given the difficulties of using public transport and maintaining social distancing. To avoid a massive increase in car use, local and national government have provided funding for changes to the road layout to make it easier for people to walk or cycle.
The Greater Cambridge Partnership is managing the schemes in Cambridge and they have come up with a series of measures throughout the city to create a better environment for pedestrians and cyclists. In our area, there are proposals to make both Nightingale Avenue and Luard Road no through road. The details of the individual schemes are not yet settled but you can see more information about the programme of post-COVID cycling and walking schemes at: https://www.greatercambridge.org.uk/news/gcp-pandemic-cycling-walking-plans.
The schemes are being fast-tracked as Experimental Traffic Regulation Orders (ETROs) in order for them to be ready quickly. Feedback is invited on how the schemes work after installation, and changes may be made to the initial designs. If the schemes are popular and effective and to be made permanent, they will go through a normal Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) procedure, including consultation.
The schemes have been recommended by the County Council to the Greater Cambridge Partnership. We are disappointed that neither body sought advice from councillors or local residents as to which roads would benefit from changes, or the form those changes might take.
Councillors do not have a vote or a veto on the schemes, although we will be meeting the GCP to discuss the details. This will provide an opportunity to incorporate feedback we have already received from residents, and to make recommendations.
Thank you to the many people who have already sent in their views. There has been a broad mixture of views, both strongly for and strongly against, particularly in the case of Nightingale Avenue. We will do our best to get the GCP to address people’s concerns.6 Comments