The County Council has advised me of a number of changes to Stagecoach bus services taking effect from 8th January 2018.
The following services are affected. We welcome the new no 25 between Addenbrooke’s and Trumpington.
9 Ely – March
9 Littleport – Ely – Cambridge
Busway A&B and
For more information, see Stagecoach January 2018 service changes 04-12-17. For full details and copies of the timetables for the Stagecoach services please contact them directly on 01223 433250, [email protected] or www.stagecoachbus.com.
Cambridgeshire County Council has received registrations to alter a number of services from 23rd / 24th July.
The services affected are:
- Dews service 22
- Whippet services 1, 1A, 3 / X3, 5, 6, 9, 12, 16, 21 and 400’s
- Stagecoach services 9 / X9, 13, 26 / 27, 33, Busway A / B, Citi 4, Citi 7. Citi 8, Norfolk 46, Peterborough 46 and Uni 4
Here is a table showing the main changes. Stagecoach and Whippet July 2016 changes notification chart
The one that is of most relevance to this area is the replacement of the Stagecoach Uni 4 with the Universal, a new service run by Whippet, which will run Monday-Saturday and call at the railway station.
For full details and copies of the timetables for the Stagecoach services please contact them directly on 01223 433250 or email [email protected]. For more information and timetables for the Whippet services please contact them directly on 01954 230011. Copies of the Dews 22 service can be obtained from the County Council by calling 0345 045 0675.
It is fair to say that views on the Hills Road cycle scheme are mixed, at least amongst local residents.
Council consultation results show Queen Edith’s residents split 50-50 between those who support the new segregated lanes and those who fear that the scheme will improve safety for cyclists at the expense of more vulnerable pedestrians.
Residents raised a number of concerns about safety, rat-running and access to properties. Councillors shared these concerns and asked County Council Highways officers to do further work to address safety issues. A number of changes have been made to the original proposals and the scheme will go back to councillors on 8th July.
Here is the report that they will receive. cycle lanes
There is now a clearer division between footway, bus stop and cycleway.
All the bus stop islands will be at least 2 metres wide and all waiting facilities will be on the island, so passengers won’t have to cross the cycleway as the bus arrives.
As the cycle lane approaches the bus stop it will veer left and narrow to 1.5 metres; there will then be a short ramp up to the level pedestrian crossing point, which will have tactile paving and be a different colour to the cycle lane. These differences are to alert cyclists of the need to be mindful of pedestrians.
The kerbs will now be sloped to allow cyclists to mount more easily should the need to leave the carriageway arise.
Although there will be double yellow lines, there will not be a loading ban to allow commercial vehicles to park briefly.
New gullies will be installed and a full CCTV drainage survey carried out to identify any necessary repairs.
There are concerns that if there are additional traffic hold-ups, motorists may evade them by using smaller streets off Hills Road – four of which have schools/ nursery schools. It is hard to predict the effect in advance, but I shall be asking for a traffic survey to be carried out before and after the scheme is input.
Hills Road is to be resurfaced this month, all the way between Cherry Hinton Road and Fendon Road. This is the result of a campaign by former county councillor Geoff Heathcock – a great result to conclude his time in office!
It is badly needed, as anyone who drives or cycles along Hills Road knows only too well.
The Council is carrying out the work in August, when Hills Road is quieter, or at least less busy than at other times of the year. Works are scheduled to commence approximately 12th August and finish around the 30th.
During this time there will be a one-way system allowing traffic to travel down Hills Road into the City from the Addenbrooke’s direction. All southbound traffic will be diverted along Cherry Hinton Road, Mowbray Road and Fendon Road.
The bus stops on Hills Road will not be served during 6a.m. and 3.30p.m. and and passengers will need to use the Addenbrooke’s bus interchange or stops on Queen Edith’s Way and Cherry Hinton Road. Please see Stagecoach’s website for full details.
Some cycle lanes are closed, though we assume the on-pavement ones will be as normal.
Please check for updates, as we know from experience that County Council plans can change!