Hills Road Cycleway Phase II

The second phase of the Hills Road cycleway is scheduled to start in February.
It is being managed by the Greater Cambridge City Deal. They are putting on two public events to show the route maps; project officers will be there to talk to people about the road layout near their homes.

Here are the dates:
Tuesday 17th January 12.00 – 14.00 Addenbrooke’s Concourse
Thursday 26th January 17.30 – 19.30 St John the Evangelist Church, Hills Road.

The project is likely to last for several months and have a major impact on travel patterns, so do go along to see what is in store for us. We hope that Phase II will be better managed than Phase 1, which has taken over two years and still has unfinished elements. That scheme is to be reviewed this year and findings will be fed into the management of this and other future projects.

Cross city cycling*

The Greater Cambridge City Deal has launched a consultation on five schemes designed to improve safety for people walking or cycling across Cambridge.

Accident clustersThe one that is of greatest relevance to us in Queen Edith’s focuses on the Long Road-Queen Edith’s Way- Hills Road junction, a key route for schools, sixth form colleges and Addenbrooke’s Hospital. It’s a difficult junction to negotiate by bike or on foot, with fast-moving traffic coming from all directions and it’s a known accident cluster, as shown on the County Council’s map. I have lost count of the times people have said the latest new cycle lane being built on Hills Road should have started at this junction, rather than just after it.

It’s an expensive project, and the money on the table is from the City Deal, a government-funded infrastructure programme granted by Nick Clegg when Deputy Prime Minister during the coalition government.

Exhibitions

There is a programme of exhibitions showing the proposals, and two are in our area: Addenbrooke’s on 18th January, and St John’s Church on 3rd February. Alternatively, you can see plans and comment on line, on the City Deal website. The consultation is open until 15th February.

* Not, as it looks, a description of the city or the cyclists – better with a hyphen, I think!