Waterbeach to Milton A10 cycle improvements

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Where the work is taking place

Work is underway to improve the existing shared use path running alongside the A10 from Denny End Road to Ely Road, Milton. The work will also include improvements to the Car Dyke Road / Waterbeach Road junction and the installation of a Toucan crossing.

Works will start from 31 January with a 4 week closure of the Car Dyke junction, and then be a rolling programme of works, with traffic management closing one lane of the A10 off peak in the area where works take place. Cycle and pedestrian use of the route will be maintained at all times.

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The measures form part of the planning framework for the Waterbeach Barracks development and have been approved by the Highways authority – Cambridgeshire County Council – and the planning authority – South Cambridgeshire District Council. They are being carried out by Urban&Civic - who are taking forward the development of Waterbeach Barracks on behalf of the Defence Infrastructure Organisation - under agreement with the County Council.

The work is part of a package of measures to encourage sustainable travel by both new residents in the development and the wider area. This route will also see a bridge being installed over the A10 for use by cyclists, pedestrians and horse riders. The works also come in advance of the planned improvements along the A10 which are being led by the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority and have been worked up alongside the Waterbeach Greenway plans for an additional off road cycle connection between Cambridge and Waterbeach.

What the work entails

The works focus on widening the existing path, along the length of the A10 from the Barracks site, north of Denny End Road, down to Ely Road Milton. The route will then connect with existing routes through Milton village and to the Jane Coston Bridge to connect to the wider cycle network.

The path includes a 0.5m separation zone from the A10 roadway, and then the pathway which will be extended as wide as possible along the route, working within the constraints of the adopted public Highway boundary, such as drainage ditches, mature trees and neighbouring properties. The works will provide a red surfaced route to differentiate the pedestrian and cycle route from the road.

In key locations where possible, the measures will narrow the A10 carriageway (taking road carriageway currently not used/under used by cars and converting it to be part of the shared use path) and realigning the junction between the A10 and Car Dyke Road. A refuge island and crossing point will be installed at Car Dyke Road, and a Toucan Crossing will also be put in place across the A10 just north of Waterbeach Road to provide a safe crossing point.

When these works will take place

Works will start at the junction between the A10 and Car Dyke Road week commencing 24 January. This work will require the end of Car Dyke road to be closed from 31 January for approximately four weeks. During this time people will need to use the Denny End Road access to Waterbeach village.

The wider route along the A10 will take place in a rolling programme of 12 months, starting from Car Dyke Road and moving north to Denny End Road, then going back to Car Dyke junction, and moving south towards Ely Road Milton. The exact timings of these works will be given in further updates as the work progresses.

Work along the A10 will be carried out off peak to minimize the impact on traffic, and the road will be open at all times, with one lane closed in the area affected by the works. This will be managed by Traffic lights co-ordinated by the team carrying out the works. The lane restrictions will be removed during peak hours where possible.