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Cambridge City Council

King's Parade vehicle restrictions consultation

This consultation closed on 11 January 2021.

We introduced temporary vehicle access restrictions including a barrier on King’s Parade in January 2020. We did so to protect and improve safety in this often crowded space, following advice received from the police’s counter terrorism security team.

The legal basis for the measures expires in July 2021, so we sought views on whether to make them permanent. We wanted to know what you thought of the changes, how they have affected you and how we could improve them.

The current restrictions use barrier equipment that has proved successful elsewhere in the UK. This provides an effective short-term solution but offers limited flexibility, for instance in its layout and operation.

Early feedback suggested that, if we decide to make the restrictions permanent, we should try to find a solution that is more suited to the location, enhances its historic character, allows greater permeability for pedestrians and cyclists, supports local businesses and is more welcoming for visitors to the city centre.

If the proposal is supported, we will begin design work in 2021.

What you told us

We undertook a consultation between 11 December 2020 and 11 January 2021.  We received 499 responses to our online questionnaire.

If you have any questions about the consultation or the security measures, contact us at or 01223 457000.

Next steps

Councillors will consider a report about the consultation at the Strategy and Resources Scrutiny Committee meeting on 8 February 2021. The Executive Councillor for Transport and Community Safety will then decide whether the changes should be made permanent.