Next Monday’s South Area meeting will be at the Cherry Hinton Village Centre, starting at 7pm.
The agenda is a full one with some new presentations as well as the regular items. Highlights are the police report, a presentation on new transport projects from the County Cycling Team — including new pedestrian crossings and changes to the roundabout linking Mowbray Road, Fendon Road and Queen Edith’s Way — and decisions on grants for a wide range of local organizations. Here is the full agenda.
The Greater Cambridge City Deal has announced new plans for traffic management on Hills Road to facilitate cycleway construction.
Diversion routes for cycleway works
Having announced in January that they would close the top section of Hills Road entirely for five months, there has been some rowing back following public anger. The road between Long Road and the Addenbrooke’s roundabout will now be closed to outbound traffic for approximately 14 weeks, starting in June. There will be a diversion via Queen Edith’s Way and Fendon Road see right). The citybound lane will still be open to traffic.
The modifications to traffic management are welcome, but the works will still continue to be extremely disruptive to local residents as well as to people visiting the area, including the sixth form colleges and Biomedical Campus.
Outstaying their welcome
When the first phase of the cycleway works started in January 2015, it was scheduled to last 37 weeks. Over 2 years on, Phase I is still unfinished and it seems the Council cannot even organize simple things such as bus stop signs. The City Deal told us the second phase would take 11 weeks from February, but it is now not due to finish till September 2017. (They might like to update their website.
The project is the responsibility of the City Deal but is being managed by the County Cycling Team.They have given us a Q&A, which I can share with you here. FAQs Hills Road June TM
The new cycleways on Hills Road are frequently blocked by coaches, delivery vehicles, and even council contractors working on the cycleway. While the vehicles are usually not there for long, accidents also happen in a flash.
The County Council is proposing to introduce a loading ban, which would prohibit any parking, even for loading and offloading, at peak times – 7-10 am and 4-7 pm. There would be waivers for removal vans, wedding and funeral vehicles, but not for other vehicles such as supermarket delivery vans.
The County Council has advertised the Traffic Regulation Order in the Cambridge News and with notices in the street attached to lampposts. The deadline for objections has been extended to 19th April.
Long-awaited improvements to the Fendon Road roundabout will be voted on by county councillors at the Economy & Environment committee next Thursday. The proposal is to remodel the roundabout to provide crossings on all four arms as part of a ‘Dutch-style’ design. The committee will also consider a linked proposal for cycle lanes for Queen Edith’s Way.
We are expecting the green light for the roundabout and a flashing amber light for the cycle lanes so that further local consultation can take place, to ensure a safe walking and cycling environment for all ages.You can read the qew-cycle-lanes-_ee-nov-16on the County Council’s website, or download my pdf here.qew-cycle-lanes-_ee-nov-16
The Greater Cambridge City Deal is a partnership between central and local government to deliver new infrastructure in Cambridge and the sub-region.
It is managed by a board comprising leaders of the councils in the area (Lewis Herbert, Steve Count and Frances Burkitt), plus representatives from the universities and business. They have just launched proposals to tackle rush hour congestion and are proposing eight initiatives. Some of the proposals have had a mixed reception, particularly bus lanes at the expenses of trees. One that has generated a lot of controversy in this area has been the congestion checkpoints, which would block major roads at peak times, incuding Hills Road.
The package includes:
Better bus services and expanded use of Park & Ride
Better pedestrian and cycling infrastructure
Improved public space and air quality
Peak-time Congestion Control Points (PCCPs)
A Workplace Parking Levy
On-street parking controls
These proposals aim to transform people’s ability to travel into, out of and around Cambridge by providing more efficient, safe and reliable capacity for travel, without the need to get in a car.
There is more information on the City Deal’s website and at community hubs and employment locations across Cambridge, South Cambridge and beyond. A series of events and exhibitions are being held including three in Queen Edith’s:
There was a good response to last year’s consultation on improving cycling and pedestrian facilities on Queen Edith’s Way. The County Council has arranged a stakeholders’ workshop at The Netherhall School Sports Centre on 15th March to look at the results, and to consider what is feasible given the widths of the carriageway, verge and footway/cycleway. There will be an opportunity to do a bit of road and streetscape designing. The scheme will include improvements to the Queen Edith’s Way/Fendon Road roundabout and the approach on Queen Edith’s Way to the Robin Hood junction.
The conclusions of the workshop will shape the design options proposed in the full public consultation in June. If you would like to attend, contact me for the details.
The neighbourhood police report a burglary in Gunhild Way this month, with forced entry breaking glass in a back door. There has also been criminal damage in the vicinity of Long Road. Bicycles have been stolen in Holbrook Road (from a shed), Long Road, Hills Road and Addenbrooke’s.
The current police priorities for the next 3 months are:
To combat Drug Dealing;
To combat ASB on the Quarry Lakes
To improve Road-safety (via combating inconsiderate parking/cycling etc)
The aim is to address safety concerns over the shared use pavements, whereby cyclists may legally ride on the pavement. Many do so to keep out of the way of heavy – and sometimes fast – motor traffic. This is entirely understandable – but ironically, in avoiding cars and vans, cyclists themselves pose a hazard to an even more vulnerable class of traveller – the pedestrians who use the pavements. It is a particular problem for people with disabilities, especially the visually impaired, who cannot see bikes coming or report incidents easily.
Cambridgeshire County Council conducted a trial of the shared use arrangement in the late 90s and despite strong local opposition, made the ‘trial’ permanent. It still doesn’t work terribly well: in Queen Edith’s Way, the combination of schoolchildren at one end of the road and a high proportion of older people in nearby Wulfstan Way frequently leads to conflict, with cyclists sometimes failing to slow down or stop when they encounter pedestrians. Many cycling campaigners would agree that shared use is a cheap compromise that satisfies no one, and that demarcated space is to be preferred.
So local councillors have asked the County Council to spend some of its transport fund on a solution in both these roads. The money comes from Section 106 funds – payments by building developers as part of their planning conditions to offset the traffic impact of their developments.
At this stage the County Council is asking residents and other road users for information on which areas they find particularly dangerous and what options they would consider. There’s an on line questionnaire to complete. It is important that the County hears from everybody, so if you know of places or groups of people who would appreciate printed copies, let me know.