Milton Road Residents Association

Welcome to the Milton Road Residents Association of Cambridge UK. Formed in December 2015, we aim to help local residents in North Cambridge to maintain and improve the area that we live in.

We believe that the current City Deal proposed changes to Milton Road are not in the interest of residents of Cambridge and that a better solution can be found that is good for everyone.

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Membership is free and is open to all residents of Milton Road aged 18 and over. All Milton Road Residents Association members will be invited to our upcoming annual general meeting and will be entitled to vote on Milton Road Residents Association matters.

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For our latest updates on the City Deal proposals for Milton Road please read our News Section

Recent Highlights

North East Cambridge Area Action Plan Public Consultation

You may not be aware but there is a proposal to redevelop the site of the sewage works near Cowley Road and the new Cambridge North Station. In outline, once the sewage farm has been moved to another as-yet-undecided location, they are proposing to build 8,000 new dwellings housing 18,000 people (that’s about the same population as Ely) largely in blocks of flats up to 13 storeys high, and they anticipate 20,000 new jobs being created, many on the Science Park. This will have a major impact on the appearance of the area and the traffic flow on Milton Road, as well as increasing the load on local facilities; for instance, there is no suggestion of a new secondary school, health centre or swimming pool.

You should have received a leaflet through your letter box giving a rosy view of what it might all look like and asking for comments by 5th October. You can also see the same information online at

Map of the proposed site

Our colleagues at Hurst Park Estate Residents' Association have been closely following the initial stages of this scheme and recently held an excellent on line meeting where they explained the proposal and revealed its hidden implications. It is well worth looking at the slides from this presentation at or even watching the video of the meeting at Their slides 12A and 12B give suggestions for answers to the ’big ten questions’ we are being asked to consider; their opinions are well informed and in general not in favour of the proposal.

Please do submit your comments either on paper or on line before the closing date. It is most important that the views of us, the local residents, are known, otherwise this dreadful scheme will just go ahead unchallenged.

Up to 18,000 People in a New Community at the End of Milton Road, on Our Doorstep?

There is a plan to relocate the sewage works at Milton and redevelop the whole area south of the A14.This had been called the Northern Fringe Project but it is now the North East Cambridge Area Action Plan. The idea is to have a dense urban development. This would use a new approach to have residences, workplaces and facilities mixed at a small scale of granularity all within walking/cycling distance. The authorities have produced an 8-page summary to explain the development which can be viewed here:

There are just two more opportunities to see the exhibition and talk to one of the planning officers, on Tuesday 12th March at the Brown’s Field Youth and Community Centre CB4 1RU, 4pm-7pm and Thursday 14th March at Nun’s Way Pavilion CB4 2NR, 2pm-8pm:

Have your say at: Please note that opportunities to comment ends 5pm 25th March 2019

We urge you to send in your comments to the Council as it is a very significant development. There are a lot of complex issues, but here are some key ones to consider. As one of our local residents has put it:

The Proposed Development will be Very Big - The population will be similar to that of Ely so it is a lot bigger than, say, Orchard Park. It is also planned to include high rise development and no limit has yet been put on how high this will be.

Traffic Congestion - The top of Milton Road sometimes hits gridlock as it is, so the extra traffic does not bear thinking about. The planners have many worthy ideas to minimise car use on the development, but these are unproven.

No Mention of CAM Metro – One year ago the mayor’s consultants published indicative maps showing their proposed underground metro linking with Cambridge North/Science Park. Where is it in these plans?

Facilities - If insufficient facilities are developed there will be an impact locally. It has already been decided not to build a secondary school and to absorb the new pupils into existing schools.

The Edges of the Development - The development borders on to disadvantaged parts of the city and it is not clear that these areas will be upgraded to deal with the new demands.

Developers and Implementation - Developers in Cambridge have been consistent only in always failing to deliver all of the promised facilities. Where they have been provided it has often been too late and too incoherent. It is difficult to see why things will be any different this time as it will take place under the same legislation and even with some of the same developers. These include Brookgate whose CB1 development has been so controversial. If the developers fail to mitigate potential problems then the issues mentioned above could have considerable impacts. See this link for a new example locally:

Concept Map of the North East Cambridge Area Action Plan
Concept Map of the North East Cambridge Area Action Plan

Notes From the Milton Road LLF Workshop Following the October 2018 Consultation

MRRA are pleased to hear that after the consultation several positive changes have been made. The workshop highlighted some of these items for discussion before the public Local Liaison Forum on 18 February. The resulting plans will be passed to the Greater Cambridge Joint Assembly for discussion before the Executive Board makes the decision which will lead to the roadworks starting at the end of 2019.

Below are the main points that were raised.

  • There will be a new crossing north of Westbrook Drive.

  • The floating bus stop in Mitcham's Corner has been moved to avoid a driveway. The cycle lane now has a protective kerb leading up to Gilbert Road junction heading outbound. As a result they are now proposing a signal-protected cycle lane phase at Gilbert Road.

  • The inbound cycleway at Mitcham’s Corner appears to be fully protected and segregated. It is now between the path and parking areas and is protected by a buffer zone. Bays outside the shops will now be available for parking divided by landscaping including trees to be in keeping with the rest of Milton Road. There is also parking available behind the shops.

  • It is still not clear what will happen at Mitcham's Corner junction where the scheme ends in a big question mark.

  • There will be a new layout at the Gilbert Road junction which had not been finalised at the workshop.

  • There will be a new landscaped area near Ascham Road with different road surfaces to encourage drivers to be careful. Part of the bus lane will be removed to allow for segregated cycling and walking. The large tree at Chesterton Hall crescent will be kept and properly landscaped. There will be seating and public art.

  • There will be a bus lane outbound from just before Hurst Park avenue to Highworth Roundabout

  • The plans include a shared stretch for walking and cycling between Highworth Avenue and Ascham Road to ensure schoolchildren at Milton Road primary school do not have to cross the road twice in quick succession.

  • There was a lot of negative response in the consultation to the design of Highworth Avenue roundabout to accommodate two HGVs side by side, leaving little room for cyclists and pedestrians. The width of the roadway has now been reduced leaving more room for segregated walking and cycling.

  • The bus stops between Highworth Avenue and Arbury Road have been relocated. The private forecourts of the shops there will be re-dressed and there will be some soft landscaping.

  • The design for the Arbury Road junction has still not been finalised. The ‘scramble’ that is present now and has worked for many years apparently does not fit in with modern traffic regulations. The engineers are still trying to solve the problem and their final ideas should be available at the Milton Road Local Liaison meeting on 18 February at the Meadows Community Centre.

  • A segregated Toucan crossing has been added near Downham's Lane.

  • An outbound bus lane has been added to start before Woodhead Drive leading to the King’s Hedges junction.

  • An informal uncontrolled crossing with 2.5m-deep central refuge has been added near Woodhead Drive. This will be nearer to Downham’s Lane due to the new bus lane. It looks as if the stretch between the crossing and Woodhead Drive will be used for unofficial 2 way cycling.

  • There are two options offered for the Kings Hedges junction. The aim is to enable diagonal crossings but as the junction is quite wide the engineers are not sure whether this is possible.

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