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The Saucony Cambridge Half Marathon 2019 takes place on Sunday 3rd March - so whether you're taking part yourself, cheering the runners, or just want to avoid the road closures, we have all the information you need below.
With 9,000 participants signed up and thousands more spectators expected to cheer the runners on, the event delivered by OSB Events, with support from Cambridge City Council & Cambridgeshire County Council, promises to be a brilliant day.
Runners and spectators should take normal precautions for wintery conditions and dress appropriately.
All those planning to come to the event should keep an eye on travel reports and may need to allow extra time for their journey.
All pavements will remain open on the day of the event, with the exception of a short section of Elizabeth Way and Garret Hostel Bridge. King’s College have kindly agreed to allow pedestrians to access the City Centre through their grounds. Cyclists and Dogs (except guide) are not permitted please use Silver Street, taking extra care whilst the runners are on the course.
Certain access points through Midsummer Common will be restricted in the days leading up to the event, to allow for deliveries coming onto the Common however access & egress for pedestrians & cyclists will be maintained throughout race day.
All car parks will remain open throughout the day of the event, except for a short period of time (09:15 – 10:30) where access to Grafton West Car Park will be restricted.
There will be a number of parking bay restrictions around the route, these will be marked with either advanced warning signage and / or cones. Please pay particular attention to the restrictions on Barton Road, parking in the restricted areas causes moving vehicles to cross into the racing line, endangering the runners.
In 2019, parking restrictions will also be in place on Milton Road near Mitcham’s Corner, Shelley Row and Lady Elizabeth Road.
All bus services will continue to run on the day of the event, however the stops on Trumpington Street & Downing Street will be suspended up until 13:00, with an alternative stop in place on Emmanuel Street.
From which junctions/roundabouts
Direction of closure
|Victoria Avenue||Chesterton Road - Maids Causeway||Both||04:00 - 16:00|
|Maids Causeway / Newmarket Rd||Victoria Avenue - Elizabeth Way||Both||09:15 - 10:30|
|Maids Causeway / Newmarket Rd||Victoria Avenue - Elizabeth Way||Eastbound Only||09:15 - 13:30|
|Elizabeth Way||Newmarket Road - Chesterton Road||Bus Lane Only||06:00 - 13:30|
|Chesterton Road||Elizabeth Way - Magdalene Road||Westbound Only||06:00 - 13:30|
|Magdalene Road / Bridge Street||Chesterton Road - Round Church||Both||06:00 - 13:30|
|Sidney Street / Market Hill / King's Parade||Round Church Trumpington Street||Both||04:00 - 11:30|
|Trumpington Street||King's Parade - The Fen Causeway||Both||08:30 - 13:00|
|Trumpington Road||The Fen Causeway - Church Lane (Trumpington)||Southbound Only||08:00 - 12:00|
|Church Lane / Grantchester Road / Mill Way / High Street / Coton Road||Trumpington Road - Barton Road||Both||09:00 - 11:30|
|Barton Road||Coton Road - The Fen Causeway||Westbound Only||06:00 - 13:30|
|The Fen Causeway||Newnham Road - Trumpington Road||Both||06:00 - 13:30|
|Silver Street||Trumpington Street - Queen's Road||Both||08:30 - 13:30|
|Newnham Road / Queen's Road||The Fen Causeway - Garret Hostel Lane||Southbound Only||06:00 - 13:30|
|Garret Hostel Lane / St Trinity Lane / Trinity Street / John's Street||Queen's Road - Round Church||Both||04:00 - 15:00|
Full diversion signage will be in place around the City Centre and on the inner/outer ring roads. Please ensure you follow the signage.
Access & Egress to Park Street Car Park
Between 09:15 – 10:30 the only permitted access will be from East Road turning onto Parkside, straight onto Parker Street, left turn onto Emmanuel Street, right turn onto St. Andrew’s Street, filter right onto Hobson Street, turn right onto King’s Street, turn left onto Malcolm Street, turn left onto Jesus Lane and finally right into Park Street.
After 10:30 normal access via Maids Causeway, Jesus Lane, Park Street will be available throughout the remainder of the day.
There will be restricted egress from the Car Park between 09:15 – 10:30, however egress throughout the remainder of the day will be unaffected. The route will be via Park Street, turn left onto Jesus Lane, when you reach the roundabout you must take the 3rd exit onto Short Street, there will be no access onto Victoria Avenue or Maids Causeway/Newmarket Road, the cameras on Short Street / Emmanuel Street will be turned off, at this point you are out of the road closures, diversions will be in place from this point.
Access & Egress to / from properties around Park Street / Thompson Lane Area
There will be no access/egress via Magdalene/Bridge Street between 06:00 – 13:30. As in previous years, vehicles will be able to access/egress the area via Lower Park Street, the cameras will be turned off. The only exception to this is between 09:15 – 10:30, during this period vehicles will be held at the Victoria Avenue roundabout, before being permitted to head down Short Street/Emmanuel Road (the cameras will be turned off).
Access & Egress to/from properties around Maids Causeway / Newmarket Road
There will be a short period of time (09:15 – 10:30) when Maids Causeway/Newmarket Road is closed in both directions to allow the runners to safely head out along Victoria Avenue onto Maids Causeway and up over Elizabeth Way.
Between 10:30 – 13:30 Maids Causeway/Newmarket Road will revert back to being closed in an eastbound direction only, from the Victoria Avenue roundabout to the Elizabeth Way roundabout. Only vehicles travelling from the Elizabeth Way/East Road direction will be able to access Maids Causeway. Those travelling from Emmanuel Road/Short Street (the cameras will be turned off) will be diverted around the roundabout and back out onto the ring road.
All properties North of Maids Causeway/Newmarket Road i.e. Parsonage Street are inside the event route, up until 09:15 vehicles will be able to exit freely onto Maids Causeway – turning right only. After the period of no vehicle movement (09:15 – 10:30) each of the junctions will be ‘manned’ egress from these properties will still be permitted but under the control of a steward (basically when the road is clear of runners), again right turns only. Once on Maids Causeway vehicles will be able to head straight over the roundabout onto Jesus Lane or turn left onto Short Street/Emmanuel Road (the cameras will be turned off).
All properties South of Maids Causeway/Newmarket Road i.e. Fair Street are outside the event route, therefore they will be permitted to turn (left only) freely onto Maids Causeway throughout the day, apart from between 09:15 – 10:30.
Access & Egress from De Freville
Chesterton Road which will be closed westbound between Elizabeth Way Roundabout and Magdalene Street junction. Therefore only vehicles travelling from the Madingley Road/ Northampton Street direction will be able to access Chesterton Road. Those travelling from Elizabeth Way or Milton Road will be diverted onto the Milton Road around the Staples Island and onto Chesterton Road.
All properties South of Chesterton Road i.e. De Freville Avenue are inside the event route, up until 08:30 vehicles will be able to exit freely onto Chesterton Road – turning right only. From 08:30 – 13:00 each of the junctions will be ‘manned’ egress from these properties will still be permitted but under the control of the steward (basically when the road is clear of runners), again right turns only.
All properties North of Chesterton Road i.e. George Street are outside the event route, therefore they will be permitted to freely turn (left only) onto Chesterton Road throughout the day.
Please note there will be three bits of traf c management in place along Chesterton Road/Milton Road, these are in place to allow the runners to safety access and exit Midsummer Common. Please allow some additional travel time between 08:00 – 14:00.
Access & Egress to the City Centre from the South
Between 08:00 – 12:00 Trumpington Road will only be open in a North (inbound) direction, as the runners will be on the normal inbound carriageway, vehicles will be switched onto the right hand side of the road (normal outbound carriageway). Those looking to exit the City will be diverted down Hills Road.
As The Fen Causeway will be closed in both directions between 08:30 – 12:15 anyone travelling into the City via the Barton Road will be diverted onto Queen’s Road and around the ring road, it is highly recommended that those wishing to access the City Centre from this direction allow additional travel time or that alternative travel options are considered i.e. Park & Ride – Trumpington.
Hills Roads will be unaffected in either direction.
Access & Egress in Trumpington / Grantchester
To safely allow the runners to pass through both Trumpington and Grantchester the roads will be closed in both directions from 09:00 – 12:00, between Trumpington Road/Church Lane (Trumpington) & the Barton Road roundabout (Coton Road). During this period there will be no vehicle movement permitted in either direction, except emergency vehicles. In addition, where possible parking on the road should be avoided to allow both the runners and emergency vehicles to pass through safely.
If you are looking to leave Trumpington, it is advisable to do so prior to 09:00. If this is not possible those looking to exit the area should leave their vehicle on Maris Lane before 09:00, from where egress would be permitted (the normal ‘No Exit point’ onto Trumpington Road will be temporarily restricted).
If you are looking to leave Grantchester, it is advisable to do so prior to 09:00. If this is not possible those looking to exit the area should leave their vehicle on Broadway before 09:00, from where egress would be permitted onto Barton Roadin an eastbound direction only (there may be a delay exiting onto Barton Road so please consider allowing additional travel time).