Active travel is about helping people who want to walk or cycle as their first choice for short journeys. Last year it became clear that Station Road (particularly from the War Memorial to High Street) could be so much safer for cyclists if through traffic was reduced.
A proposal on how this might happen has now been published for consultation, and involves making major changes near the Baptist Church. Details can be found via consultcambs.uk.engagementhq.com/cats and there’s a map of the proposals at tinyurl.com/hwtt9cu8
The County Council are clear that this consultation aims to share the proposals for identified schemes with the wider public and to gauge their support and feedback for each option.
The plan is a real opportunity to reduce the amount of through traffic down Station Road which will make it both safer for cyclists and also a nicer place to live. Access will, of course, be maintained – just requiring a little more thinking until we get used to it.
However the plan, as is, would cause the loss of the bus stops by and opposite the Baptist Church. That’s not good.
But, we can support the idea, and ask for how it is to be made to happen to be changed. Access only (except for buses, cyclists, of course) from both ends (from Chequers Road to the War Memorial) would work, and could be enforced by cameras. Or perhaps a similar control could be implemented at the War Memorial end only permitting buses into and out of that portion of Station Road.
There’s a survey here – tinyurl.com/vtjvsbfy – do have your say!
Any projects which go ahead will be subject to further stakeholder engagement and public consultation either prior to installation as part of a Traffic Regulation Order or during any trial scheme, if implemented under an Experimental Traffic Regulation Order.