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New Milton Rd consultation announced - closes 05 November

Greater Cambridge Partnership are holding three exhibitions to show more details of their latest plans for Milton Road. Officers will be present to answer questions and receive your feedback.

Consultation Brochure can be viewed HERE

Our views can be read HERE

Wed 26th Sept      Arbury Road Baptist Church                  4.00 – 7.00pm

Tues 9th  Oct         All Saints Church, Milton                       4.00 – 7.00pm

Tues 23rd Oct        St Georges Church, Chesterfield Rd     5.00 – 8.00pm

Letter from GCP Board to Combined Authority on the 'PAUSE'

The GCP Board seeks explanations and 'evidence base' for the Mayor's intervention in GCP transport plans.  Read more HERE.


New Policy Options Document to combat City Centre Congestion

GCP City Deal officers have published a document for consideration by the Executive Board at their meeting on 21st March. This marks a new. evidence-based approach to a long-standing problem of how to encourage modal shift away from cars, reduce congestion and improve air quality.

Milton Rd Local Liaison Forum presentation and video 30th Jan 2018

Project Update from GCP/City Deal officers following extensive workshops and detailed design meetings with residents and other stakeholders.

The officers' presentation is HERE.   Video of the meeting with Q&A session can be viewed HERE.

Combined Authority Board meeting video and reports 31st Jan 2018

This meeting included discussion of a consultants' report on the Cambridgeshire Autonomous Metro (CAM) proposal and a vote to spend £600,000 an a further study by consultants to work up a Strategic Business Case document.

Controversy was sparked by the early leak of the report at the beginning of December and its late publication to the public prior to this board meeting.

The full video can be viewed HERE.  Public Questions HERE.  The AGENDA and key REPORTS can now be found HERE.

NEW DOCUMENT that appeared on the GCP website 01.02.18 after the Combined Auhority Board meeting.

Residents Parking FAQs

Residents in four areas of Cambridge (Newnham, Accordia, Coleridge West and Staffordshire) have voted in favour of having residents parking schemes implemented

FAQs from the consultations can be found HERE.

LLF WORKSHOPS Programme - Autumn 2017

A presentation made to the Milton Road LLF meeting on 12th September 2017.


Keeping Cambridge Special

GUIDED BUSWAY report on structural faults and potential costs

An independent report published by Smarter Cambridge Transport can be found HERE.

'FINAL CONCEPT' for Milton Road

This REPORT and Appendices D, E and F,G,H will go to the Joint Assembly for debate on 19th July and the Executive Board for decision on 26th July 2017.

The appendices include cross-section diagrams and visualisations at various locations along the road.

Consultants' Modified Concept for Milton Road

Presentation given at the Local Liaison Forum on 13th June 2017 can be found HERE.

City Deal response to our Do-Optimum plan revealed

At the Milton Road Local Liaison Forum meeting on 9th May 2017, City Deal's new Interim Director of Transport delivered his response to our Do-Optimum plan, and an update on the progress of the project.  His presentation can be viewed HERE.

A video of the whole meeting can be viewed HERE.

Candidates' responses to our election questionnaire now published

Preparation for Milton Road Election Hustings 27th April 7.00pm at Chesterton Community College.

Questions focused primarily on issues raised by City Deal's proposals for Milton Road and the alternative 'Do-Optimum' scheme developed by residents' groups, along with other challenges affecting local services, the environment and streetscape.

Thirteen of the nineteen candidates across four electotal divisions completed the survey:


HPERA opinion survey on parking controls now published

A summary of results with individual comments from residents can be viewed HERE.

The Milton Road Alliance - Will Milton Road Set the Standard?

Following initial public consultation on the Milton Road project, City Deal set up a Local Liaison Forum (LLF) to enable local people and interest groups to give input on more detailed aspects of their 'Do-Something' design.
A series of six workshops took place last autumn, and feedback from these led to a collaboration between HPERA, MRRA and CamCycle that has resulted in an alternative design for Milton Road.
The Milton Road Alliance team published this as the 'Do-Optimum' Alternative which was subsequently adopted formally by the LLF as a resolution to be presented to the City Deal Executive Board in March 2017 - subsequently postponed to June 2017.

The team has also published a more wide-ranging paper asking the question



This sets the scene for the Assembly Meeting on 7th June and the Executive Board Meeting on 15th June.

City Deal governance and project mgmt - an extraordinarily frank review by external consultants

This document highlights shortcomings in procedures and resources that many of us have experienced during the last year.  As a result the City Deal team is to be strengthened by the appointment of an Interim Chief Executive and various other posts.

Milton Road LLF passes resolution in favour of new alternative design


Milton Road Local Liaison Forum votes in favour of 'Do-Optimum' approach to road layout

The Local Liaison Forum for the Milton Road City Deal project passed a resolution* last night supporting the "Do-Optimum" design that has been developed by a working group from Milton Road Residents' Association (MRRA) and Hurst Park Estate Residents' Association (HPERA), working in collaboration with Camcycle.

The "Do-Optimum" alternative is a new proposal for the Milton Road scheme that shows how it is possible to incorporate priority for walking, cycling and public transport with an avenue of trees and green verges. The design includes features such as walking and cycling priority-crossings of minor side roads, cycle lanes separated from motor vehicles by trees within verges, a safe roundabout design that provides protection and priority for walking and cycling, comfortable bus stops that are designed to be fully accessible to persons with disabilities, and innovative bus "queue-jump" lanes that give buses a head-start at junctions.

This new proposal evolved out of the City Deal Local Liaison Forum workshops where groups of stakeholder residents and organisations were brought together by the officers to talk about the various elements of the City Deal scheme.

In their foreword to the resolution, the working group stated “This design offers a great opportunity for Cambridge to pioneer a welcoming, best-in-class, tree-lined gateway into the city that will transform the way people choose to travel, because it will provide a safe, calming and healthy environment for all modes of use.  From the evidence of the workshops it is very likely to attract majority support from local stakeholders and we believe that it meets the City Deal objectives to a greater degree than the Do-Something proposals.”

Matthew Danish from Camcycle (and a resident of Arbury living near Milton Road) attended the workshops and said that, "the most important thing was working together with residents and the various stakeholders to produce a shared vision for a better, greener, safer street for people of all ages and abilities. Together, and with the endorsement of the Local Liaison Forum, we offer the Do-Optimum proposal to the City Deal Board in the spirit of goodwill as a means towards achieving the goals of the City Deal."

Charles Nisbet, Chair of MRRA, welcomed  the decision to support this ground-breaking alternative design.  He said: "This is in so many ways an improvement on what the City Deal was proposing this time last year, which would have resulted in the destruction of Milton Road as we know it.  The Do-Optimum design will meet the City Deal's objectives of giving priority to bus travel and improving provision for walking and cycling in safety while providing visitors to our historic city with a beautiful, tree-lined entry. This proposal will go to the City Deal Assembly and Executive Board in March next year and we must keep up the pressure to ensure that the right decision is reached there."

Michael Page, Chair of HPERA stated “The ‘Do-Optimum Alternative’ has been the result of an amazing team effort from a disparate group of local residents brought together with one goal in mind – to produce a lasting legacy for Milton Road and the city of which we can all be proud.  The City Deal team have now been offered a great opportunity to take forward a plan that will win majority public support and set the tone for other projects around the city.”

For drawings or more information go to:  milton_road_do_optimum.pdf

Contact: Michael Page  Tel: 01223-365985
Chair, Hurst Park Estate Residents’ Association (HPERA)

Contact: Roxanne De Beaux Email:
Officer, Cambridge Cycling Campaign

* The resolution requested that the City Deal Board directs officers to develop the 'Do-Optimum' proposal in parallel with, or as an alternative to, the 'Do-Something' plans.

Decision Time for the M/Rd Local Liaison Forum Thurs 8th Dec 6.30pm Shire Hall

A public meeting in the Kreis Viersen room at 6.30pm when the Forum will have to decide its response to the officers' reports on the Milton Road workshops and will vote on resolutions to put to the City Deal Assembly and Executive Board. This will be an important opportunity for the Forum to try and influence the decisions that the Board will take in the new year on the future plans for Milton Road.

See our new design submission HERE.


City Deal Executive Board Thurs 10th Nov 4.00pm South Cambs Hall Cambourne

A meeting open to the public covering a wide-ranging agenda on City Deal matters and including petitions from members of the public and business community on the city-centre congestion proposals.

The agenda papers can be accessed HERE.

Local Liaison Form public meeting Tues 8th Nov at 6.00pm Chesterton Comm College

Officers and consultants will present a summary of the six Milton Road workshops held over the last two months. Residents and interested parties will then be able to study the documents produced and give feedback for a meeting on 22nd November which will decide on resolutions to be put to the City Deal Assembly and Executive Board.
An initial draft of the proceedings of the first four workshops can be found HERE

Yellow Lines Plan revealed

There is now a brief consultation period for double yellow lines proposed by the County Council around the junction of Hurst Park Avenue with Milton Road, and various other junctions in the area.  The distances referred to are measured from where the lines currently terminate on Milton Road at the corners with the avenue. Comments or objections should be sent to  no later than 31st August 2016.

See this extract from the announcement in the Cambridge News.

Update at 05/11/16 - we are still waiting for the results of the consultation.

Outcome of Milton Rd Local Liaison Forum (LLF) Tues 9th August held at Chesterton Community College

A Briefing Document from local residents' associations was presented.  City Deal information on LLFs can be found HERE.

The main outcomes were:

  • The statement from the residents’ associations was read out and will appear in the minutes.
  • The terms of reference for the LLF will be amended as we had requested.
  • The two resolutions were voted on and passed unanimously.
  • Our proposals for Key Scheme Workshops were voted on and agreed except that they will be reduced in number by combining two of them.  They will be as follows:
  1. Union Lane junction, its proposed closure, and the requirements of traders local to that junction
  2. Elizabeth Way junction including roundabout re-design as an option
  3. Requirements of traders located at the southern end of Milton Road

Future Events

Design Workshops:  September 6th, 13th and 20th - details to be confirmed

Local Forum Feedback and Review: September 27th

Key Scheme Review Workshops:  October 11th and 12th

Local Forum Feedback and Review: October 25th

Mitigation Measures Workshops: November 8th and 14th

Local Forum Feedback and Review: November 22nd

City Deal meeting Thursday 9 June 2016 at 2.30pm

On Thursday 9th June at 2.30pm the Executive Board Meeting will be at Meadows Community Centre, St Catharines Road/Arbury Road. It is open to the public.

The Joint Assembly voted to endorse the ‘Do Something’ proposals for Milton Road and amongst the recommendations are:
* Replacement of the Elizabeth Way/Highworth Ave roundabout with traffic lights
* 4 lanes (ie 2 bus lanes) between Hurst Park Avenue and Oak Tree Avenue
* Union Lane closed off for access in and out of East Chesterton and the Union Lane Emergency Medical Centre
* Loss of 105 trees
* A no right-turn into Elizabeth Way from Milton Road is going to be considered
* The closure of Highworth Avenue is to be reconsidered

And all this for a TWO minute saving on a bus journey time using a bus lane...

If you would like to raise a question by email to no later than 10am on Wednesday 8th and then ask it in person or nominate someone to read it for you.

The agenda for the meeting is here:

Joint Assembly of the Cambridge City Deal

This important meeting is taking place on the 2nd June. A packed agenda means that a lot will probably not get much scrutiny.

Both HPERA, MRRA and other residents' associations plan to ask questions at this meeting. Look for the video of this event, which will be done by Richard Taylor.

A New Vision for Milton Road

A thought-provoking article about the opportunities for place-making and innovative design along Milton Road has appeared in the Cambridge Association of Architects Gazette -  "The value of this project can and must exceed that of simply speeding up bus journeys".  Read more here on pages 14 and 15.

Minutes of HPERA's First AGM

The minutes of the first HPERA AGM have been published here.


Local Election Hustings

Here is a video taken during the hustings for the local political parties held at Chesteron School on the 28th April, 2016.