This is our summary of the current state of play regarding changes to major pieces of local transport infrastructure. We will do our best to keep this updated as and when we find out further information.
Updated September 2018
Fendon Road/Mowbray Road roundabout and Queen Edith’s Way cycleway (ongoing)
The County Council cycling team has been pressing for improved cycle provision along Queen Edith’s Way as it effectively joins two major employment growth sites at the Biomedical Campus and the Peterhouse Technology Park in Fulbourn. The first element of this to be tackled will be the roundabout at the junction of Fendon Road, Mowbray Road and Queen Edith’s Way. We summarised in August’s Queen Edith’s Community News the plans being developed by the County Council for this.
We have now been asked by the County Council Cycling team to let residents know about a related planned overnight closure of the Fendon Road/Mowbray roundabout for five nights (max) starting Monday 1st October. This is to allow ground investigation works to be carried out, including trial holes, carriageway coring and ground penetration radar to ascertain existing conditions and locations of utility services. The roundabout will be closed from 9pm to 6am. You will be able to drive up to the roundabout on each arm but not across it. So residents will still be able to access their properties, it’s the roundabout itself that will be closed.
This map shows the diversion routes which will be signed. These routes will be mandatory for all traffic after 9pm, including the Citi 1 and Citi 2 buses which normally use the roundabout.
Work will be carried out under the existing streetlights so there will be no requirement for floodlights. The contractor has been asked to ensure that the noisy activities – the carriageway trial holes and cores – are carried as soon as possible after 9pm to limit the disruption and inconvenience. A letter from the County Council is being delivered to immediate local residents and advance notice diversion signs will be erected.
The other half of the project, looking at cycling provision along the length of Queen Edith’s Way from the junction with Hills Road virtually to the Robin Hood traffic lights in Cherry Hinton, has proved much more contentious. Both design options initially proposed by the cycling team were rejected by local residents (represented by the Queen Edith’s Way Residents Association) on the grounds of both safety and the loss of trees and verges, as explained in the Cambridge News here. Presumably there will be further discussions but there’s been no explicit timetable released as yet.
A1307 corridor including Babraham Road/Hills Road (ongoing)
This project is commissioned by Greater Cambridge Partnership, with the aim of improving access to the Biomedical Campus from the south along the A1307 (and maybe some ancillary improvements to the other major southern employment sites at Granta Park and the Babraham Research Campus). The City Deal carried out public consultation on initial options in mid-2016, which were then considered by a ‘Local Liaison Forum’ of councillors and residents’ representatives from along the route, including Sam Davies for QECF.
This is a massive project, with changes proposed all the way down the A1307 from the Biomedical Campus to Haverhill. There were three ‘Strategies’ which went out for another round of public consultation in Spring 2018. You can see the routes here but you need to scroll down to the bottom of the page, as they are hidden away.
The aspects most likely to impinge on Queen Edith’s residents are about improving bus access from Babraham Road Park & Ride site to the Biomedical Campus: either off-highway, across the fields south of Babraham Road; or on-highway, by widening Babraham Road and Hills Road to make space for an in-bound dedicated bus lane. Residents might also want to take an interest in the implications of the various Strategies for Green Belt development.
Significant remodelling of the roundabout was carried out in summer 2017 to discharge a planning condition relating to the development of the Biomedical Campus. The design was heavily criticised beforehand and sadly safety concerns, particularly in relation to cyclists using the roundabout, appear to have been justified, as there have already been several incidents. It was also not made clear in advance that the traffic lights would be operating 24/7 rather than peak hours only as previously, with consequent increase in congestion and pollution.
QECF have been following this up with the developers and the County Council Highways team. If you have concerns or are involved in an accident or near miss, please email Ian Dyer at the council.
Hills Road cycleway
This project has been running since January 2015, commissioned by the County Council (Phase 1, Holbrook Road to Cherry Hinton Road, both directions) and the City Deal (Phase 2, Holbrook Road to Addenbrooke’s roundabout, both directions) and delivered by the County Council cycling team.
The construction work was finished in September but there is still a long list of snagging tasks to be revisited. The County Council Highways team have also been out and about trying to patch up the worst of the subsidence on the carriageway, though we are told this will be an ongoing problem because the basic road construction is not adequate to the volume and weight of traffic of vehicles now using it.
The County Council Cycling team are also now undertaking a year-long safety audit to try to identify problems which may not have been spotted in advance. If you are involved in an accident or near miss where you feel the road design may have played a part, please email Vanessa Kelly at the council with details.