News from Greater Cambridge Partnership

Histon Road – Bus, Cycling and Walking Improvements Project

Phases B & D – road closure

The current works on Histon Road are progressing well with Phase A improvements at the junction with Victoria Road and Huntingdon Road.  We are now progressing to the next phase which will require us to close Histon Road to inbound motor traffic for the duration of the construction. This closure will help to complete the works in a shorter period of time. The temporary road closure is planned to start from Monday 29th June 2020.

We would like to apologise for any inconvenience these works may cause. However, these works will deliver improvements for those who cycle, walk or use public transport on Histon Road and will help make travel in Cambridge more sustainable. Given the national priority to promote active travel during the current Covid-19 situation, it is more important than ever to progress with these works as they will directly help those who cannot work remotely and must travel. We hope the impact of the temporary road closure is reduced due to lower traffic levels and fewer children attending school.

While the temporary closure is in place Histon Road will be one-way, outbound only for all motor traffic. Cyclists and pedestrians will still be able to travel both ways on Histon Road throughout the road works period.

The closure point will be just to the south of the King’s Hedges Road junction allowing inbound traffic to access King’s Hedges Road, and also allowing construction and farm traffic to enter the Darwin Green site.

Access to properties along Histon Road and its side roads will remain open at all times.  For residents and businesses on the closed side of the road access will be permitted via site access points.

During the closure, the diversion route will be via the A14, Milton Road and Victoria Road and will be signposted along the route and wider road network.

Road Closure Guidance

Signs, Barriers, Fences & Cones

Please do not alter or remove any of the traffic management associated with the road closures. If items are blocking your access, please speak to a member of the onsite traffic management team.

Traffic Management

There will be site access/egress points positioned along the length of the closure which will be used by members of the public that need to access their homes or businesses on the same side of the road closure. Driveways may be temporarily blocked, for short periods, whilst completing the works directly in front of them. This will be communicated to each household on an individual basis prior to the works in each area commencing, so that any critical access arrangements can be maintained.

Bin collections

We are liaising with the waste and streets team.  Please continue to put your wheelie bin(s) out for collection on the normal day unless you are advised otherwise.

Bus Services

The inbound closure of Histon Road will affect several current bus services including the Citi 8 service from Cottenham, and the Busway B service. 

The inbound Citi 8 service will be diverted via King’s Hedges Road, Arbury Road, Mere Way, Carlton Way, Gilbert Road and Milton Road.  This will include a stop quite close to Histon Road near the junction of Carlton Way and Gilbert Road. 

The outbound Citi 8 will use Histon Road as normal. 

The Busway B inbound service will divert via the Science Park and CRC stops then use Milton Road to access the city centre but will also continue to travel outbound on Histon Road serving Shire Hall and Orchard Park. 

Shuttle Bus

A new shuttle bus, route 8H, will be provided to compensate for the loss of inbound services on Histon Road.  This will circulate from the city centre via Victoria Road to Histon Road and then via King’s Hedges Road to Orchard Park where it will operate via an anticlockwise loop of Chieftain Way, Circle Drive and Chariot Way to Arbury Road and then as the diverted route 8 back to the city centre. 

Full details of these services including a map and timetables will be available at www.stagecoachbus.com/promos-and-offers/east/Histon-Road-closure

If you have any concerns during construction, please do get in touch with Skanska’s project team on histonroad.contact@skanska.co.uk or telephone the 24-hour contact centre on 0330 105 1980.

Visit the Histon Road construction page for further details