The UK’s First ‘Dutch-Style Roundabout- Risky or Revolutionary?

It has been confirmed that Department for Transport have secured £550,000 for Cambridgeshire County Council to create a Dutch-style roundabout.

The development is set to go ahead at Fendon Road and Queen Edith’s Way, which recently has experienced an alarming number of road traffic accidents and collisions with cyclists.

So, what is a Dutch-style Roundabout?

Dutch-style roundabouts are narrower in carriageway width, which enforces slower approach and departure speeds. Larger/ longer vehicles are able to benefit from an overrun able strip in the centre of the road, whilst pedestrians are provided with zebra crossings and cyclists are given their own red tarmac cycle path to reduce risk of collisions for all potential highway users. An image demonstrating the idea is provided below.

This project on Fendon Road follows on from the success off the Perne Road/Radegund Road roundabout in Cambridge which includes design elements of the Dutch-style roundabout. Following completion of this development, 33% of all residents in the area now report to cycle at least 3 times a week.

Councillor Ian Bates, Chair of the Economy and Environment Committee in Cambridgeshire, said “We’re very excited to have won this funding for Cambridge. This project will improve the experience for everyone using the roundabout, cyclists, pedestrians and drivers will now have the space they need to travel safely.” The works are due to commence in 2019 and cost an estimated £800,000!