consultation closes 21st March – our response

We have now submitted our response to the current phase of the Mill Road Consultation. It’s summarised below.

The current consultation closes next Monday 21st March at midday. If you haven’t already responded to the online survey, you can do so at There are also three more workshops happening this week – details are here.

Our Consultation Response – Summary

  • we express our frustration that we’re still being asked *whether* traffic should be reduced, rather than *how*; local people have been asking for less traffic on Mill Road since 1973 if not before – see right from 1973 edition of the Cambridge News
  • we make clear that we believe that there is no justification for making a Mill Road scheme wait for a city-wide traffic reduction plan; our detailed arguments can be read here
  • the consultation includes “Theme 2 – Improve the quality of place” and “Theme 3 – Changes to traffic and access in the medium and longer term”; we make the point that you cannot do very much at all to “Improve the quality of place” without restricting traffic volumes first
  • we argue that Mill Road should best be categorised as a civic street in the draft Cambridge Road Network hierarchy
  • finally, we talk about what any future traffic restrictions on the road should provide:
    • they should ensure no through traffic on Mill Road
    • they should stop any rat-running through side streets in south Petersfield (for example, Tenison Road) and in Romsey (for example, Catherine Street)
    • the bridge may be a simple restriction to implement, but may not be the most convenient restriction for traders and residents