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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Recent Highlights

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:

https://www.cambridge.gov.uk/media/7029/print-a5-nec-southcambs-booklet.pdf

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: www.cambridge.gov.uk/necaap 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: https://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/news/cambridge-news/cambridge-darwingreen-huntingdon-histon-barratt-15861830

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.


MRRA Response to the 2018 Consultation

Milton Road Brochure

The process for re-modelling Milton Road has now reached the point where plans have been sent out for public consultation. If you live on or near Milton Road you should have received a leaflet and questionnaire, but you may not have one because the distribution was patchy. However, you can also complete the questionnaire online at https://consultcambs.uk.engagementhq.com/milton-road/survey_tools/MiltonRoadSurvey2018.

Please do look at the plans and complete the questionnaire to make your views known.

MRRA Committee has examined the plans and questionnaire in detail and their opinion is that the plans are a great improvement on those originally proposed over two years ago, but that there are still some areas which could be improved. The following is the Milton Road Residents Association response to the questionnaire:

Question 1: Individual Elements

We support or strongly support all elements of Question 1 except:

11. New outbound bus lane approaching Elizabeth Way roundabout: strongly oppose

12. Elizabeth Way roundabout redesign: oppose

18. Retain inbound bus lane approaching Arbury Road junction: strongly oppose

Our reasons are given in Question 2.

Question 2: Further Comments on Individual Elements

11. We strongly oppose the new outbound bus lane because it takes away space that can be used for safe, protected inbound and outbound cycleways and better verges which will allow school traffic in the morning to cycle legally between Highworth Ave and Ascham Road, the most intensely used part of the school route.

12. We feel obliged to oppose the Elizabeth Way roundabout redesign because of the very narrow and unsafe shared-use pinch-points for people walking and cycling. These problems could be fixed by retaining the present single traffic lane on Milton Road outbound at the approach to the roundabout and segregating the cycleway from the footway.

18. We believe that the inbound bus lane approaching Arbury Road junction is too long and that space would be better used for improved verges and footways.

There should be no illuminated advertisements on floating bus stops and the panel on the approach side should be kept clear so that bus drivers can see if anyone is waiting.

Question 3: Segregated Cycleways and Copenhagen Crossings

We strongly support the design of the new segregated cycleways and Copenhagen-style priority crossings.

Question 4: Tree Planting Scheme

We strongly support the proposed concept for tree planting along Milton Road.

Question 5: Shared-use Pavement or Pedestrian Only

We believe that the pavements should be pedestrian only and that cycleways should always be segregated from footways. Not only would a shared-use pavement be unsafe and intimidating for vulnerable pedestrians, it would also encourage people to cycle in close proximity with the many driveways on the north-west side of Milton Road leading to an increased risk of collision with vehicles exiting from driveways. Frequent crossing points over Milton Road are therefore needed.

Question 6: Parking on Grass Verges

We strongly support the implementation of a Traffic Regulation Order to prevent parking on grass verges. Some form of physical barrier is needed to protect these verges.

Short term parking for carers, delivery vehicles, etc, can be provided by:

a. Using driveways; or where none is available

b. Accepting that they will use the existing exemption which allows deliverers to park on double yellow lines for up to 10 minutes; a special rule analogous to the disabled parking system might have to be created for carers and doctors; or

c. Enforcing the rule that requires those needing longer periods of parking to apply for prior authorisation.

Question 8: Crossing Near Westbrook Drive

We believe there should be a crossing near Westbrook Drive (Option 4A).

Question 9: Crossings at Downham’s Lane and Fraser Road

We believe there should be crossings at both Downham’s Lane (Option 19A) and Fraser Road (Option 19B). This is to help people from the large estates on either side of Milton Road to cross the road and access bus stops and the unidirectional cycleway on the other side of the road.

Question 10: Duties Under the Equality Act

  • The proposed shared-use pavements are dangerous and intimidating for people with disabilities who are walking or using a mobility device. We oppose shared-use pavements. Instead, cycleways should always be separate from footways.

  • Segregated footways and cycleways are much safer, easier to navigate and comfortable for all users. Where a footway has to cross a cycleway, such as at a bus stop, Zebra markings on a raised platform should be used, preceded by rumble strips on the cycleway and tactile paving on the pedestrian approaches.

  • Additional controlled crossings of Milton Road will help all people to be able to cross the road safely, regardless of ability.

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