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Hills Road cycleway construction – update

A major cycleway improvement scheme on Hills Road, Cambridge, is gearing up for the next stage of works and details of essential traffic management measures have been confirmed.

Construction began in January on the Hills Road cycleway which is set to provide better and safer journeys for thousands of cyclists and pedestrians who use the key route to access local homes, schools and workplaces, including the hospital and the Cambridge Biomedical Campus (CBC).

The new facilities, funded by the Greater Cambridge City Deal, will include safer crossings at Addenbrooke’s roundabout and the junction of Hills Road, Long Road and Queen Edith’s Way, and two new bus stops, along with nearly 700m of dedicated inbound and outbound raised cycle lanes.

The next phase of works is due to begin in June and will include a road closure between Long Road and the Addenbrooke’s roundabout for outbound traffic only, with a short diversion via Queen Edith’s Way and Fendon Road. The city-bound lane will remain open to general traffic throughout the works.

Permanent traffic lights will replace the temporary traffic lights that are currently in operation at Hills Road/Long Road in June, which will ensure the traffic is managed more efficiently and effectively during the road closure.

Motorists are asked not to drive through the Cambridge Biomedical Campus to divert through the road closure as this could impede access for emergency vehicles.

Pedestrian access to CBC will be largely unaffected and a decision will be made shortly on cyclist access, who otherwise have a range of alternative routes.

The works are estimated to take around 14 weeks to complete with contractors on site six days per week (Monday-Saturday) to ensure that construction is completed as quickly as possible.

Local households are being updated with details of the plans and road-side signage will be in operation to provide information and advance warning to road users.

Mike Davies, Team Leader for City Deal Cycling Projects said: “This is an area of road that is extremely busy for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians. The improvements underway will make walking and cycling journeys far safer and more enjoyable, and we hope that this will encourage others to consider walking or cycling, reducing the amount of traffic on the roads in this growing part of the city.

“We have worked closely with our contractor, bus operators and ambulance services, over a number of months to plan a programme of works that will be completed as soon as possible.

“The outbound road closure is essential to allow this to happen in the quickest, safest possible way, and we will ensure that we keep local residents and road users fully informed throughout.”

Further information on the start date of the next phase of works and the implementation of the road closure will be released soon.

Full information on the Hills Road to Addenbrooke’s Scheme can be found at http://www.gccitydeal.co.uk/cross-city-cycling.