Going with the flow as new look for Huntingdon ring road planned

The proposed new layout for the ring road in Huntingdon.

The proposed new layout for the ring road in Huntingdon. - Credit: Archant

REALIGNED: This is how Huntingdon ring road could be arranged to cope with additional traffic generated by the 750 homes that will be built at Bearscroft Farm in Godmanchester after the scheme was given planning permission last week.

Part of the application included measures to ‘improve’ the roads around Godmanchester and Huntingdon.

The ring road (Riverside Road) by the Old Bridge Hotel would be altered to allow the traffic to move more freely. Say farewell to the traffic lights that currently control vehicle flows from the ring road and the town bridge, and also bid farewell to the current dual-lane ring road set up.

Should the changes take place, traffic travelling around the ring road will be reduced to one lane – the other lane by the traffic island will become a filter lane for the hotel – including a new give way area.

Motorists looking to join the ring road from Godmanchester will also be faced with one lane to join the ring road and another serving the hotel.

The area will not become completely free-flow. The light-controlled predestrain crossings will remain.

A Cambridgeshire County Council document states that the scheme passed its computer modelling tests.

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It adds: “The modelling assessment shows that the developer’s proposals can mitigate the impact of the development at this junction without significant impacts elsewhere on the ring road.”