Friday, 7 December 2012

£2 Million Transport Boost Set For Cambridge

Council chiefs are being asked to approve a £2 million transport boost for Cambridge that aims to reduce congestion, improve health and help support the growth of the local economy.

Some 20 new schemes which will make it easier for people to walk and cycle are proposed for funding in the Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire area.

Most of which, have been put forward to the County Council by local communities to help improve safety and accessibility on the local transport network.

More than £2million pounds has been secured from developers to pay for the improvements to the Cambridgeshire road network, necessitated by growth.

The plans have come forward after talking to local communities and listening to their ideas on what they wanted to see in their areas to help improve transport and manage local housing and business growth.

Included in the proposals are major projects such as; lighting along The Busway maintenance track at Trumpington, Orchard Park, Kings Hedges, Milton Rd & East Chesterton; improvements for cyclists and pedestrians to Cherry Hinton High Street; traffic calming for Tenison Road; a cycle route from Milton to Landbeach; improved traffic calming for Fen Road; and a shared use path named Ring Fort Path, from Orchard Park to the A14 intersection at Histon, providing a shorter route for cyclists. (See full list below)

If approval is granted by Cambridgeshire County Council Cabinet, schemes are expected to be designed and built over the next 5 years as part of a wider programme of improvements to transport.

This funding has been secured by the County Council, working with Cambridge City and South Cambridgeshire District Councils, in order to make improvements to infrastructure in line with the objectives of the Corridor Area Transport Plans.

This funding is being recommended in addition to Cabinet's earlier decision back in July, to approve over £1million worth of allocations from developer contributions in the City and South Cambridgeshire area for improving cycle ways, crossings, safety and junction improvements with the aim of enhancing accessibility.

Councillor Ian Bates, Cabinet Member for Growth and Planning, said "This is excellent news for Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire. The measures will not only deliver valuable safety improvements to the road network, but will encourage people to make healthier travel choices and improve access to employment. Walking, cycling and taking the bus will all appear more attractive if we can make them safe and accessible for everyone.

"It is also fantastic that the County Council engaged with our local communities to ensure that money is spent in the right place and in the right way. The Ring Fort Path was suggested by the Cambridge Cycling Campaign to provide a shorter walking and cycling route between Histon and Orchard Park, opening up opportunities for healthier journeys to and from these areas."

If agreed at Cabinet on 18 December, then officers will begin to develop the detailed scheme proposals in consultation with local communities next year. Further public consultation and approvals is expected particularly for the more significant proposals.

Cabinet is recommended to approve the allocation of section 106 contributions to the following schemes:

  • Lighting on the Guided Busway cycleway, from the City Railway Station to the Trumpington Park & Ride site and at Orchard Park, Kings Hedges, Milton Rd & East Chesterton
  • Feasibility study into installation of a bridge over the railway line to link the Leisure Park with the City Railway Station
  • Improvements to Long Road Cycleways
  • Re-siting of the two Brooklands Avenue bus stops away from grass verges or provide paved areas and improvements to the shared use path for cyclists and pedestrians
  • Radial Route Signing extended to include other major    routes in the area such as Babraham Road, Queen Edith's Way, Mowbray Road and Fendon Road
  • Improvements to Cherry Hinton High Street to improve safety for cyclists and pedestrians
  • Feasibility study into improving Hauxton Road Bridge
  • Refreshing cycle path and cycle lane markings around the Perne Road/Cherry Hinton Road roundabout and improvements at this roundabout to address traffic flow and safety issues
  • Contraflow Cycling Signage following audit to identify need
  • Tenison Road traffic calming scheme
  • Removal of unnecessary street signage
  • Extend footways and reduce road width at the Station Road/High Street, Histon junction to improve traffic flow and increase safety
  • Review and improve existing traffic calming measures on Arbury Road, near King's Hedges Road
  • Review bus delays and parking on Cambridge Road and New Road, Impington
  • Shared use pedestrian/cycleway between Milton and Landbeach
  • Safety improvements to cycle lanes on the Gilbert Road/Milton Road junction
  • Shared use path between Ring Fort Road, Orchard Park and the A14 intersection at Histon
  • Review and improve the existing traffic calming on Fen Road