Fen Road improvements

Within a relatively small budget Cambridgeshire County Council is seeking a number or improvements to Fen Road, and I think we can squeeze out a bit more value too.

Mostly the changes are about Fen Road yet there is a problem on Water Lane and at the junction of Water Lane and Fen Road that I think can be solved as part of these works.

Congestion on Water Lane

Cars parked on Water Lane can cause an obstruction at busy times

A lorry uses the middle of the road to pass cars parked on Water Lane.

There are about 4–6 cars parked on Water Lane, usually partly on the footway, that can cause traffic jams at busy times. A small number of houses on this street don’t have off-street parking so I would like to see some of the space between the trees on Water Street used for parking and for parking to be prohibited on Water Lane.

One of the proposals for Water Street: I would like to see the area between the trees used for relocated parking.

One of the proposals for Water Street: I would like to see the area between the trees used for relocated parking.

Right turns from Water Lane

A view of the Water Lane/Water Street junction as you turn right.

A view of the Water Lane/Water Street junction as you turn right.

Most people cycling turn from Water Street in to Water Lane on their journeys between the city centre and Chesterton and the Science Park. At the moment moving to the centre of the road is not very comfortable because of vehicles passing on your inside and oncoming vehicles that may be cutting the corner. One of the aims of the changes is to reduce the problems of vehicles cutting the corner.

I would like to see an area in the middle of the road for turning right that is protected by an island in front and behind. The islands would also help to narrow the road, thereby potentially reducing speeds, and prevent vehicles cutting the corner.

Maintaining the Water Street cut-through

A view of the Water Lane/Water Street junction looking East. The cut-through to the right of the picture should remain.

A view of the Water Lane/Water Street junction looking East. The cut-through to the right of the picture should remain.

Dutch-style road layout in option 3.

Dutch-style road layout in option 3.

The current cut-through that allows people cycling to continue along Water Street should be kept. I’m pleased to see a Dutch-style segreggated layout in one of the options for the area. The County believe there is space for a bi-directional track of about 2.5m width.

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2 thoughts on “Fen Road improvements

  1. Interestingly, I believe Cambridge cycling campaign don’t like the Cut-through in Option 3, and prefer Option 2. Have you discussed with them?

    • Thanks for your reply, I have just looked at the discussion thread quickly. There is a concern that Option 3 puts cyclists next to parked cars and hence at risk from opening doors, however at the consultation meeting I was told there was a 0.5m gap from the kerb to the cycle track to reduce or eliminate this risk. Apart from that I believe the Cycling Campaign is still discussing the options and other layouts and I hope to contribute to the discussion here in public.

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