arbury road modal filter - FAQ

This page is a list of FAQ about the proposed trial modal filter on Arbury Road, as part of the Government Active Travel funding.

1. Why is this being done?

There are two answers to this: the reason the Government has provided funding, and the local reasons for this road.

2. What is a modal filter, what is being proposed?

The proposal/intention for Arbury Road is not a 'block' as such, but a camera controlled 'gate' (the terminology is a little unhelpful as it isn't a physical gate). This allows for the movement of eg buses through it, and so doesn't have quite such the harsh effect that a physical block has (although there are downsides).

3. Where is it being put?

This isn't decided yet, but the two locations that have been discussed are just north of leys Road and further north near the school.

4. How will this affect emergency service vehicle access?

Emergencies services will be allowed through so will not be effected.

5. Won't this just displace traffic elsewhere?

There is evidence that such interventions actually reduce the overall level of traffic rather than simply displace - some people will take different ways to get to where they are going, and/or stop making trips which may not be necessary. This isn't true in all cases, so only doing it as a trial initially will show us what the effect is. 

6. My journey will just take longer - isn't that bad for congestion?

See 4, but if traffic levels overall decrease, then the remaining journeys will of course be improved as there will be less congestion.

7. Won't some people lose out? In particular what about those with protected characteristics?

There will be disruption for some people: any change like this is a balancing act between negatives and positives. Less traffic means a safer street (there have been some nasty injuries recently) and improved air quality.

8. Won't this negatively impact on disabled people?

Disability covers a wide spectrum of impairments.

Clearly, people who rely on private car use to get through where the modal filter will be placed will be impacted, with the caveat of answers 4/5.

Low and lower traffic neighbourhoods are a great positive for those with mental health conditions; physical health conditions such as asthma benefit from less congestion; people with hearing disabilities also benefit similarly.

9. What consultation has been done?

There has been extensive consultation locally by Cllr Manning and others; a quick breakdown (with personal details removed):

2020-11-26: Potential follow up meeting (waiting on responses)

2020-09-28: Ian ran an Arbury Road Metrics meeting with RA invites + other interested residents. Doc coming out of it:

2020-09-09: Labour party organised meeting being negative about it. Cllr Jamie Dalzell attended. 

2020-09-04: North area committee. Havenfield resident came to speak.

The section on Arbury Road starts at 01:32:00.  Cllr Ian Manning Ian speaks at 01:49:25.

2020-08-11 Public open online meeting

2020-07-21 member/officer meeting re North Cambridge closures - officers and Cllr Ian Manning, Cllr Mike Sargeant, Cllr Scutt

2020-07-15 Ian discussed with the deacon of Arbury Baptist Church

2020-07-08 Ian attended (virtually) ARERA committee meeting

2020-07-02 online call with local businesses (in Chesterton Division)

2020-06-25 Ian contacted the Arbury road businesses and the Church to alert them and offer a meeting

2020-06-14 Meeting with ARERA, HPERA and Havenfield resident Lily. Agreed to push for two locations - north of keys, south of havenfield and further up near the Sikh temple.

2020-05-30 - Met AREA committee 2020-05-29 with of their committee, West Chesterton City Councillors and Arbury County Councillor. General agreement around having a road block somewhere north of Leys Avenue. Cllr Scutt to query with City Cllrs in Arbury.

2019-12-26 - Ian pressed for trialling techniques to be the only way something will go ahead.

2019-09-05 - Item at North Area Committee. Ian worked to ensure wider public participation and added anyone interested could come along.

2019-08-07 - Ian met with Havenfield residents (was also to discuss Parking scheme, and wider concepts for road)

Post 2019-07-11 - Ian had conversations with Havenfield staff member. This lead to meeting.

Public meeting 2019-07-11 .Hurst park Residents' Association and Arbury Road residents informed. West Chesterton Councillors and Cllr Scutt (County, Arbury) invited.

2019-07-23 Arbury Road FAQ, St Laurence's Church Hall

Ian spoke to Hurst Park RA Chair 2019-06-19 - agreed to meet with him + HPERA on 2019-06-27 and have two from Arbury residents along.

Ian Meeting met some Arbury Residents 2019-06-18 

2018-02 to end 2018 - number of conversations with residents when door knocking about the road, the non completion of the cycleways started at the Kings Hedges end. This also included work on the potential configurations of parking schemes for the wider area which were happening at the same time.

10. How does the trial work? How long will it last?

Under an Experimental Traffic Regulation Order, the trial can last a maximum of 18 months; within this time changes can be made, but any instance has to be in place for at least 6 months if you are goign to consider making anything permanent in the future. The trial can be stopped at any time so it is important to stress both the 18month and 6 month timescales are maximums.