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Cyclists and pedestrians to be given priority in junction revamp in Cambridge

Work to construct what is set to be the UK’s first truly “Dutch-style” roundabout is due to start next month in Cambridge.

The roundabout will be located at the junction of Queen Edith’s Way and Fendon Road close to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in the south of the city.

With a cycle path running around the outside, picked out in the same red as is used on the city’s segregated cycleways, and zebra crossings at each exit, the roundabout prioritises cyclists and pedestrians over motorists.

According to Cambridgeshire County Council, the roundabout will cost £800,000, of which £550,000 is being met by the Department for Transport, and it is scheduled to be completed by next April.

Councillor Ian Bates, chair of the Cambridgeshire County Council’s economy and environment committee, said: “Safety is at the forefront of all our cycling scheme projects and our aim is to encourage more people to cycle more often, more safely and support healthy communities.

“The Dutch-style roundabout design for Fendon Road and Queen Edith’s Way in Cambridge will seek to improve safety for cyclists and pedestrians in a number of ways.

“One of the key elements is a change in carriageway width, designed to change behaviour so that drivers will travel more slowly through the junction.

“Although there will be disruption in the local area while work is taking place, the long term benefits will mirror those at the nearby Perne Road, Radegund Road roundabout – the re-design of that roundabout included aspects of a Dutch-style roundabout and has proved to be a highly successful scheme, which has drastically reduced reported cycle collisions at that location.”

There have been several roundabouts here that have been described by local authorities as “Dutch-style” but which in fact do not meet the design standards that apply in the Netherlands – including one in

One, at Queen’s Circus in Battersea, South London, was criticised as “hugely complicated” when it was

> Cool reception for "hugely complicated" London segregated roundabout

Since then, two vulnerable road users – an e-scooter rider last month and a cyclist a year earlier –  have been killed there, both in collisions in which a lorry was involved.

 

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.