Plans to fill in the subway at the Elizabeth Road roundabout in Cambridge were announced this week.
Over 70% of local residents surveyed supported plans to redesign the junction of Elizabeth Way and Newmarket Road, indicating that a signalled crossroads with access for walkers and cyclists would best suit the future needs of the city centre.
The plans form part of the overall proposals to rejuvenate Cambridge's eastern entrance, which hopes to provide greater community relationships and draw further investment to the city.
Councillor Clare Blair, the council chief responsible for future growth in Cambridge, explained: “Nobody could say that’s the way you would want to design a piece of high-quality public realm these days."
“We need a suitable environment which reflects the hierarchy of pedestrians, cyclists and cars, in that order."
“Clearly there needs to be a reasonable traffic flow but it has to be in an environment which respects the needs of all types of transport, which is not dominated by tarmac, and which encourages people to cross between areas.”
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