Potholes and pavement surfaces and drains are always causing problems! We are constantly asking County Council Highways officers to attend to problems, and are pleased to report some action on some:
Drains have been cleared in Baldock Way and Marshall Road, and the ones in Hills Road should be done soon.
Some pavement defects have been repaired in Wulfstan Way and Gunhild Close, and more are being scheduled for repair. Patches have been ordered for Cowper Road and the work should be done soon.
A repair has been made to the uneven patch of pavement outside the old Early Years building on Blinco Grove
Surface dressing treatment will be applied to several streets in the Nightingale Avenue area.
Some other roads have very bad surfaces that have got into such a state that they will be very expensive to repair them, eg Baldock Way, Coniston Road, Marshall Road, Cavendish and Hills Avenues. Amanda is putting pressure on the Council to bring these roads up to standard — watch this space.
In the meantime, please report any highways faults on the council’s website at https://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/residents/travel-roads-and-parking/roads-and-pathways/roadworks-and-faults/.
New knee-length ‘diamond’ fencing
The yellow lines in Cavendish Avenue and Baldock Way and the disabled parking bay on Baldock Way have now been painted — bar some small sections yet to be done. This is because commuters have been ignoring cones placed on the road and parking their cars in the section of road where the lines were to go. Low-level fencing for the verges in the middle section of Baldock Way is also now in place.
Traffic regulation orders for parking restrictions in Gunhild Close and Fendon Close have been advertised. If there are no objections the restrictions will be brought in; if there are any, then they will be determined by the Cambridge Joint Area Traffic Committee when it next meets.
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:
- Netherhall Way Netherhall & Chalk parking restrictions
- Chalk Grove Netherhall & Chalk parking restrictions
- Beaumont Road Beaumont Road parking restrictions
- Lichfield Road * Lichfield Rd parking restrictions and Lichfield Road parking restrictions V2
- 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.
The County Council runs a Local Highways Improvement Programme to fund small improvements to the public highway. Residents and groups can submit bids every autumn for projects of up to £10,000.The bids have to describe a local problem and propose a solution that can deliver lasting benefit, which has community support. Road safety is an important recurring theme. The bids are scored by councillors every January and the highest scoring ones are funded for the next financial year.
Working with residents in various streets, have put in bids for parking restrictions in Godwin Way, Beaumont Road, Topcliffe Way, Cavendish Avenue, Netherhall Way and Chalk Grove. A Queen Edith’s Way resident has put in a bid to address speeding problems.
Our bids will be scored on 23rd January — wish us luck!
Cambridgeshire County Council is starting to build new segregated and raised cycle lanes on Hills Road. The works are taking place off-peak between 930 and 330pm. The new cycleways are set to be completed in the autumn.
There will be cones and temporary traffic lights during these times to create a safe working area. Whenever possible a cycle lane will be kept open throughout the road works.
Some weekend closures of the side roads will also be necessary to enable the works to be carried out with the least disruption to motor traffic — but not until the spring. Here is a list of planned closures:
Hills Rd closures
As part of the scheme, all the bus stops along this stretch will have new bus shelters.
Concerns have been raised recently about the amount of grass verge being lost, as well as the siting of the new bus stops. A group of Hills Road residents and I met the Cycling Team last week and discussed various issues.
For changes to the original scheme to address safety concerns, see my previous post here.
If you did not get to one of thepublic exhibitions showing the plans, here are some technical drawings of the road layouts, as displayed
Cycle lanes_C_5040001_HW_EL_012_REV G-2
Cycle lanes_C_5040001_HW_EL_011_REV G-3
Cycle lanes_C_5040001_HW_EL_010_REV G-5