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Cambridge City Council

King's Parade vehicle restrictions consultation

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 are seeking views on whether to make them permanent. We want to know how they have affected you and how you think 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 and limits how we can manage its impact. If we do decide to make the restrictions permanent, we want to try to find a solution that is more suited to the location.

Feedback already received suggests that, if we decide to make the restrictions permanent, we should try to find a solution that enhances the location’s historic character and supports local businesses. Comments suggest that we should aim to make King’s Parade more inviting to residents, visitors and students, and easier for cyclists to navigate.

Have your say

To tell us what you think about the current restrictions and whether and how to replace them, complete our online survey.

This consultation ends at 9am on 11 January 2021. If you have any questions about it or about the security measures, contact us at or 01223 457000.

Contact us if you would like us to send you a printed copy of the survey.

Next steps

We’ll collate and consider your responses and present a report recommending next steps to the Strategy and Resources Scrutiny Committee on 8 February 2021.

If supported, we will seek funding to undertake design work in 2021 with a view to bringing forward proposals during 2022.