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.
Fendon Road/Mowbray Road roundabout and Queen Edith’s Way cycleway
February 2020 update from the County Council:
“Work on the UK’s first Dutch-style roundabout is progressing despite extra utility work being needed.
“Additional significant utility work, which wasn’t originally envisaged, means the scheme that will improve road safety by giving priority to pedestrians and cyclists, will now not be completed until early summer.
“Contractors will be working weekends and longer days as it gets lighter to ensure the work is finished as soon as possible and Citi buses, serving Addenbrooke’s, will return to their normal routes by early April which will help local patients.”
Original announcement from August 2019:
Work is due to begin on the new layout for the Fendon Rd/Queen Edith’s Way/Mowbray Rd roundabout on Monday 9 September 2019. This is due to last for approximately 29 weeks and during this time both of the Queen Edith’s Way arms of the roundabout will be closed. Closing both these arms will allow for the shortest construction time, giving an estimated completion date of early April 2020. As with all our highway work, timings and dates for schemes like this are weather dependent and can change.
During the works vehicle and pedestrian access will be maintained for all residents who live just off the roundabout and on Queen Edith’s Way. Temporary signals will control vehicle flow over the roundabout between Fendon Rd and Mowbray Rd to allow for a safe working area, and access for pedestrians and cyclists will be maintained throughout the work.
Here’s the latest information from the County Council regarding bus changes:
The Citi 1 bus will be diverted along Nightingale Avenue for outbound journeys from Addenbrooke’s. Nightingale Avenue will need to be widened at the junction with Hills Road to enable the Citi 1 buses to turn left from Hills Road. The widening works will take place between Saturday, 31 August and Thursday, 5 September. During this period Nightingale Avenue will be closed at the junction – local residents can access Nightingale Avenue via Worts’ Causeway and the small set-back section of Hills Road.
To ensure Nightingale Avenue is safe for all users, we will be temporarily removing all of the on-street parking for the duration of the main roundabout works. Double yellow lines will be installed.
Details of the official bus diversion routes and location of temporary stops can be found on the map enclosed. I have also included a general traffic diversion route map.
Stagecoach have a dedicated webpage for the Fendon Road roundabout works and bus diversions: https://www.stagecoachbus.com/promos-and-offers/east/queen-edith-closure
For those who have no internet access, here are the latest details:
Citi 1: all Citi 1 buses will continue to serve Addenbrooke’s.
Buses between Cambridge and Cherry Hinton/Fulbourn: this service will operate as normal between Arbury and Addenbrooke’s. After leaving Addenbrooke’s, buses will divert via Hills Road and Nightingale Avenue.
This will mean the stop on Fendon Road will not be served.
Buses between Cherry Hinton/Fulbourn and Cambridge: after departing Cherry Hinton High Street, these services will follow a diversion via Cherry Hinton Road and Mowbray Road in order to access Addenbrooke’s.
Stops on Queen Edith’s Way cannot be served as the junction at Fendon Road will be closed.
Citi 2: Citi 2 will not serve Addenbrooke’s:
Buses between Cambridge and Addenbrooke’s: this service will terminate at Wulfstan Way. Customers that require connections to Addenbrooke’s will need to transfer onto a Citi 1 service on Cherry Hinton Road at the Derwent Close stop.
Buses between Addenbrooke’s and Cambridge: as the Citi 2 cannot serve Addenbrooke’s, customers will need to use the Citi 1 from Addenbrooke’s towards Cherry Hinton. Passengers will need to transfer at the Strangeways stop on Queen Edith’s Way, changing on to the Citi 2 towards Mill Road and other destinations.
16A: (Mon-Fri) will continue to serve Addenbrooke’s:
Buses towards Great Thurlow: from Long Road 6th Form College, this service will operate directly to Addenbrooke’s Bus Station. After Addenbrooke’s Bus Station, this service will then operate via Hills Road and Nightingale Avenue to rejoin the normal route. The Fendon Road stop will therefore not be served.
Buses towards Cambridge: this service will operate via Cherry Hinton Road and Mowbray Road between the Robin Hood pub and Fendon Road.
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 is finished, but the County Council Highways team have had to be out and about trying to patch up the worst of the subsidence on the carriageway; 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 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.