This page includes detailed information and research relevant to our campaign. We hope that this will help inform the debate and discussion about a low traffic, low pollution Mill Road.
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Our vision for the Council consultation
Following the removal of the bus gate, it is important that any public consultation on the future of Mill Road takes into account the full range of unique issues the area faces as a residential area, as a destination for shopping and eating in its own right, and as a through road into central Cambridge.MR4P_Consultation
Displaced traffic, and footfall on Mill Road
Quite a bit of the debate about the traffic restrictions on Mill Road has concerned the effect of those restrictions on the numbers of motor vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists, both on Mill Road and the surrounding streets.
This briefing, the first of a series, looks at two questions:
- How much of the traffic no longer on Mill Road during periods of traffic restrictions has been displaced onto other roads?
- How has footfall on Mill Road been affected by the restrictions on motor vehicles?
Access for the disabled to Mill Road
This short briefing document identifies a number of problems that disabled people currently experience when trying to access Mill Road. It then describes changes which could readily be implemented on the street, as well as longer term infrastructure / streetscape improvements. It considers a broad range of disabilities, both mobility related and others e.g. visual impairment. It has been prepared following some initial discussions with Cambridgeshire Healthwatch.Improving-disabled-access-to-Mill-Road
Air quality on Mill Road
This is a paper looking at the impact on the traffic restrictions on Mill Road on air quality. It’s written by Zbigniew Joseph Ulanowski PhD, a visiting scientist at the British Antarctic Survey and University
of Manchester. He specialises in the detection and characterization of atmospheric particulate matter.
Its conclusion: that “…reopening Mill Road to traffic is likely to have negative impact on health, especially respiratory, in the Mill Road community”.Mill-Road-Air-Quality
Mill Road traders association (MRTA) survey
An MRTA survey of Mill Road traders has been published on social media. Its main focus is to suggest a relationship between the Mill Road bridge ETRO restrictions and worsening trading conditions on Mill Road.
There are a number of issues with both the survey itself and the results, which we detail here.Mill-Road-Traders-Association-Survey-MR4P-Critique-5
Bus Gates – who can go through them?
Our briefing document about the rules for bus gates, and in what circumstances different classes of vehicle can have exemptions from them.Bus-gates-briefing
Impact of Low Traffic Neighbourhoods (LTN’s) on disabled people
This Pave The Way (PTW) report presents independent and in-depth research into how disabled people have been impacted by Low Traffic Neighbourhoods, and the barriers to Active Travel. Alternative formats including Audio, BSL Summary and Easyread are available at https://www.transportforall.org.uk/campaigns-and-research/pave-the-way/Pave-The-Way-full-report
Traffic levels after road capacity reductions
This article summarises the findings of a report commissioned by London Transport and the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions (DETR).traffic_impact_highway_capacity_cairns
Relationship between road capacity and traffic levels
This article from Behrens & Kane reviews explanations of, and international empirical evidence for, ‘induced’ (additional) traffic as a result of increased road capacity and ‘suppressed’ (reduced) traffic as a result of decreased road capacity.Road-capacity-change-and-its-impact-on-traffic-in-congested-networks-evidence-and-implications
Our vision for the Council consultation
The County Council’s Highways and Transport Committee decided on 27 July to re-open the bridge, but with a consultation on the future of Mill Road. We’d like a positive consultation which reflects the views of residents, shoppers and traders. Here’s what we have put to the councillors.