Residents’ parking comes to Queen Edith’s

Work has begun on a residents’ parking scheme. The new scheme will be known as ‘Morley’ after the primary school on Blinco Grove – and will ipso facto also share a name with Liberal MP and founder of Homerton College, Samuel Morley. It will include Blinco Grove, Marshall Road, Hartington Grove, Rathmore Road & Close and Rock Road, plus 151-219 Hills Road and Cherry Hinton Road from the Cambridge Leisure junction to no. 196.

The first stage of the installation is putting up signs near the bays explaining the restrictions –10am –7pm Monday-Friday. During these times you may only park with a permit.

The signs are a legal requirement, and need to be near the parking bays to allow the County Council to enforce the restrictions and to protect itself against challenges by motorists. There are rules about the distances between the signs and the height of the poles on which the signs are mounted.

I know that some people have been unhappy about the positioning of the poles so I caught up with the contractors this morning to have a chat. They’re very approachable and said they’d had a friendly reception from most people, and even a few cups of tea.

They work to instructions from the Council about where they put the poles, and that has to comply with national regulations – but it is sometimes possible to tweak the positioning, bearing in mind other constraints such as services under the ground. If you are unable to talk to the contractors, please drop me an email and I’ll do what I can to help.

The next stage will be painting residents’ bays, white H-markings and yellow lines, and the scheme is set to launch on 3rd November.

Residents’ parking scheme about to launch

After many years of discussion and debate – plus plenty of legwork – residents’ parking is about to arrive in Queen Edith’s. It has been named the ‘Morley’ residents’ parking scheme after the excellent Morley Memorial Primary School in Blinco Grove; and it will include the streets from Elsworth Place to Blinco Grove inclusive, plus the stretches of the main roads that link those streets. The new scheme will operate Monday-Friday, 10am-7pm. See here for a guide: Parking_Guide___Morley_Area_2017

The new scheme will give residents priority parking within their area but it also takes into account the needs of local businesses and community facilities such as Rock Road Library.

The scheme will officially launch on 1st November. Residents can apply on the County Council’s website for permits for themselves and / or guests to park within the zone. Residents’ annual permits are £50 each.

I have been working with residents and officers for a long time on this and given the majority support shown when the Council consulted last year, I’m pleased that the scheme is coming in. It will give local residents a better chance of parking near their homes – very important, especially for people with medical/ care needs, or with young children — but it will also bring road safety improvements, reduce congestion and air pollution, and generally improve the local environment for everyone.

The other good news is that there will be no joining fees. Usually people pay a starter fee when they buy their first permit on top of the cost of the permit itself. Following requests from myself and from the Hills Road Residents’ Association, the Greater Cambridge Partnership (City Board) has agreed to fund the implementation costs.

Residents’ parking update

As there have been lots of questions about residents’ parking, here is an update.

The Morley area of Queen Edith’s will have a residents’ parking scheme installed in the next few weeks, following majority support last year. The County Council informs me that Skanska will be installing signage mid-October and having yellow lines painted at the end of the month. Residents should expect letters from the County Council announcing that the scheme is about to be launched and inviting permit applications. There will be notices in the street to alert everyone else.

The details of the Morley scheme are on the Residents’ Parking page of the County Council’s website: .

The County Council is about to launch a ‘Coleridge west’ consultation in the area borded by Cherry Hinton Road (north side), Coleridge Road and Mill Road. Surveys for other areas of Cambridge will follow to establish whether there is a general desire for residents’ parking. In this area the designated areas are Coleridge east, Glebe, Wulfstan, Nightingale and Perse.

Schemes will only be taken forward if a majority of respondents are in favour.

 

 

Big Green Bus Company to take over the 114

The Haverhill-based Big Green Bus Company has taken over the 114 bus service running between Addenbrooke’s and the Grafton Centre, previously operated by Whippet Coaches before they deregistered the 114 and 16 other services at the beginning of the summer.

The route is the same but timings are slightly different. Here is the new timetable.

The 114 bus service is subsidised by Cambridgeshire County Council, which was not anticipating Whippet pulling out so suddenly. Councillors discussed the deregistrations at the August meeting of the Economy and Environment committee. I attended on behalf of Queen Edith’s and explained that the 114 reaches streets that are not covered by other bus routes, providing a service to people in Mowbray Road, Lichfield Road and Hulatt Road who would find it hard to get to other services. It enables people to get from here to Sainsbury’s and the Beehive Centre, and in the other direction, it brings people to Addenbrooke’s.

I am pleased to report that the committee voted to retender the service.

Roadworks and events

road-closureThe County Council has sent me its latest list of new roadworks and events. This is for things starting between 1st and 15th September – please see previous posts for works already in progress.

Check out:

  • Glebe Road
  • Queen Edith’s Way
  • Robinson Way
  • Frances Crick Avenue
  • Addenbrooke’s Road

The extent of the works varies from minor to major but please see the attachment for details so you can vary your route if necessary.

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Lichfield Road yellow lines

Thank you to everyone who has given feedback on the parking restrictions plans for Lichfield Road – it’s been very helpful.

The yellow lines at the the bus stop, opposite the hall and at the Coleridge Road junction,  and the H-markings outside the entrances to the flats have been generally welcomed. The only issue people have mentioned is the yellow lines outside houses near the Coleridge Road junction, which came as a surprise to many. It’s felt that this would be too restrictive for residents to park their own cars.

I have asked the County Council to take those lines out. Here is a Lichfield Road parking restrictions v2.

The next stage is for the Council to advertise the yellow lines as a Traffic Regulation Order.

Hills Road cycleway: lessons to be learnt

Live on Hills Road? Travel along it?

Then you will know it’s been a rough ride since council contractors arrived at the beginning of January 2015 to replace our cycleway.

There has been deep dissatisfaction over the length of time this project has taken, as well as about working practices – and ironically, about the reduced road safety during construction.

With other Lib Dem councillors, I persuaded the County Council to undertake a review of the cycleway so that lessons can be learnt about what went well and what didn’t go so well, and applied in future projects.

Nearly 600 people participated in our survey on the quality of the cycleway and its construction. While cycling levels have gone up and cyclists say they feel safe on the cycleway, it’s not such a good story when it comes to the safety of pedestrians. We have had reports of  collisions at bus stops and delays for emergency vehicles. The project management came in for heavy criticism, with 45% of respondents describing the efficiency of the construction process as poor, inadequate, or very poor.

There were over 500 individual comments Hills Road survey Q10  (Additional comments), including 200 on road safety Hills Road survey Q7.2. We will be pushing to make sure that all of them are taken on board.

The survey results will be considered at the August meeting of the Council’s Economy & Environment Committee. Here is a link to the report.

Last stop for the 114

Whippet is deregistering 17 bus services in Cambridge, claiming they are unprofitable. The following services will take their last journeys on 2nd September.

Service 1                   Hilton – Hemingfords - St Ives
Service 1A                 St Ives – Fenstanton – Cambridge
Service 2                   Cambridge - Hardwick - Toft - Caldecote – Boxworth
Service 3                   Papworth St Agnes – Papworth Everard – Huntingdon (Saturday journeys only)
Service 5                   St Ives - Hemingford Abbots - Hemingford Grey - St Ives
Service 7A                 Whittlesford - Babraham Road Park & RideAmanda Tayloramandataylor
Service 8                   Cambridge - Dry Drayton - Papworth Everard
Service 9                   St Ives - Elsworth – Hilton
Service 12                 St Ives Town Circular
Service 15                 St Ives - Swavesey – Over
Service 16                 Huntingdon - Oxmoor Circular
Service 18                 Newmarket - Fulbourn – Teversham – Cambridge
Service 21                 St Ives - Earith - Somersham – Ramsey
Service 45                 Huntingdon - Houghton - St Ives
Service 45A                Huntingdon - Houghton - St Ives
Service 114               Cambridge City Centre - Grafton - Beehive - Addenbrooke's
Service 117               Cambridge City Centre - Fen Estate

Here is a statement on the deregistrations from Whippet.

The 114 which runs between the city centre and Addenbrooke’s will be missed in this area. It has provided a useful route to the Beehive and Grafton Centres, as it runs down Coleridge, Lichfield and Mowbray Roads.

The County Council has been considering varying the frequency on this service; they will now need to retender it along with the other services. The challenge will be to find another operator who can make them work financially, given the passenger take-up and the congestion on the routes.

Yellow lines update

Last year, there were several successful bids to the  County Council Local Highways Improvement Initiative for this area.  Council highways officers have been working up plans, and I now have provisional drawings for:

  1. Netherhall Way Netherhall & Chalk parking restrictions
  2. Chalk Grove Netherhall & Chalk parking restrictions
  3. Beaumont Road Beaumont Road parking restrictions
  4. Lichfield Road * Lichfield Rd parking restrictions and Lichfield Road parking restrictions V2
  5. Topcliffe Way Topcliffe Way DYL 001-1

You can view these drawings by clicking on the links. If you, or anyone you know, would like to look at a printout, please let me know.

The next stage will be for a Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) describing the changes to be advertised in the local paper and in the street. If there are no objections, the scheme will go ahead; if there are objections, then they will be determined by the Cambridge Joint Area Committee.

We await drawings for Cavendish Avenue and Godwin Way

  • Credit due to Cllrs Noel Kavanagh and Rosie Moore for the Lichfield Road bids; I am taking over where they left off.

Hills Road Bridge cycle lanes to be suspended this summer

I am sorry to have to bring news of yet more roadworks: a continuation of the current UKPN works in Cherry Hinton Road, across to Brooklands Avenue, to run electric cabling to the new Cambridge Assessment HQ that is being built on Shaftesbury Road.

Unfortunately the works will involve withdrawal of the cycle lane in the middle of the Hills Road bridge, which has obvious safety implications. There’s already problems with speeding on the bridge, with no noticeable enforcement of speed limits by the police. Please share any observations about increased speeding or other traffic issues with me.

The County Council tell me that work is scheduled to start on Saturday 22 July and last approximately four weeks on Hills Road and two weeks on Brooklands Avenue. Here is their rundown on what is planned:

Before the cable work can begin, contractors will remove two kerbed islands on Hills Road Bridge to allow two-way traffic to remain in place on Hills Road. This will happen week beginning 17 July, for approximately three nights to minimise disruption to daytime traffic.

The electricity work will be carried out in three phases by UK Power Networks:

Phase 1: work at the junction of Cherry Hinton Road will require temporary traffic signals and delays should be expected. Drivers are asked to allow extra time for their journeys. Also, work will start on 22 July in Clarendon Road, Fitzwilliam Road and Shaftesbury Road. When the work takes place in Clarendon Road and Fitzwilliam Road parking will need to be temporarily suspended.

Phase 2: work on Hills Road Bridge. Two-way traffic will be maintained but the cycle lanes will be suspended so motorists and cyclists should take extra care and delays should be minimal.

Phase 3: work at the junction with Brooklands Avenue and along Brooklands Avenue. Temporary traffic signals will be in place for this phase and delays should be expected. Drivers are asked to allow extra time for their journeys.

UK Power Networks will be working longer hours and weekends to reduce the overall duration and may work from 7.30am until midnight if required. Noise will be kept to a minimum between 8pm and midnight.

If you have concerns about the management of the works, contact UKPN on 0800 0284587 and [email protected]<[email protected].