UK's first Dutch-style roundabout continues to spark debate in Cambridge a week after opening

The UK's first Dutch-style roundabout continues to spark debate in Cambridge- a week after it opened. It prioritises cyclists and pedestrians over drivers. Cyclists have an outer ring on the roundabout, with the cycle crossing over each of the four approach roads in a contrasting red surface. There are also four zebra crossings over each approach road for pedestrians.

It's situated at the junction of Fendon Road and Queen Edith's Way. Motorists must give way to pedestrians and to cyclists when joining and leaving the roundabout.

Reduced lane widths on the roundabout and at exit and entry points are designed to encourage drivers to slow down.

The new roundabout is supposed to be safer for cyclists and pedestrians Credit: PA

Cambridgeshire County Council said that the old roundabout near the city's Addenbrooke's Hospital "was perceived by many people to be dangerous to cycle around."

People also "reported feeling unsafe when walking in the area due to lack of pedestrian crossings, particularly more vulnerable users", the council said.

I am delighted to see the completion of improvements to this roundabout, which aim to improve safety at this busy junction and encourage more people to walk and cycle. It is great to see Cambridgeshire leading the way in implementing the first truly Dutch-inspired roundabout... ahead of recent nationally published Government guidance that strongly promotes this type of infrastructure.

Ian Bates, chairman of the Highways and Transport Committee
Some have praised the new investment, others have criticised the unusual layout Credit: PA

Some have describe the new investment as a "small piece of Dutch cycling heaven".

The new roundabout feels like a small piece of Dutch cycling heaven. I feel very safe with this layout, the geometry made it easy to see the cars leaving and approaching the roundabout and the people driving were all giving way to the people cycling and walking.

Roxanne De Beaux, Executive Director of the Cambridge Cycling Campaign

Others have criticised the unusual layout and the cost of 2.3 million pounds.

The project was originally estimated at around £800,000. A council highways report said that additional utility work, as well as the Covid-19 pandemic, were reasons for why this number almost trebled.

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