Do you know what a Dutch roundabout is?
First Dutch roundabout completed in Cambridge in the UK., reports World Construction Network.
The roundabout was built by Skanska on behalf of Cambridgeshire County Council, which awarded the project last summer.
Skanska claims to have completed the task under 11 months, during which time, the roundabout was redesigned and the final phase of the works was completed under the Covid-19 pandemic restrictions.
The roundabout was improved after public consultations were conducted, which highlighted that the old roundabout layout was considered to be dangerous to cycle around. Local residents felt unsafe when walking in the area due to lack of pedestrian crossings, said the construction firm.
Also, the roundabout offers an important commuter route for Addenbrooke’s Hospital and the Cambridge Biomedical Campus and is commonly used by cyclists as well as school children, students and shoppers.
Skanska claims that the new roundabout’s geometry is tighter than the previous layout, forcing vehicles to cut down speeds.
It also offers more space for physical separation between pedestrians, cyclists and cars and a central over-run area allows larger vehicles to manoeuvre around the roundabout with ease.