The Greater Cambridge Partnership (GCP) has withdrawn the report on the Cambourne to Cambridge Better Public Transport Scheme from the agenda for the Executive Board meeting for 25th June.
GCP Executive Board withdraws Cambourne to Cambridge report
The Board is committed to developing a public transport route connecting residents in the west to their daily destinations in and around Cambridge. However, the detailed route proposals have faced opposition.
The Combined Authority previously agreed the route in 2018 and signed it off again as part of its Local Transport Plan in January. However, the Board now understands that the Strategic Transport Authority has indicated it has an alternative route alignment, and the Board feels it must allow a short amount of time for that to be assessed before considering its current plans. GCP remains committed to work in partnership with the CPCA on infrastructure solutions for the area.
The Board acknowledges this is disappointing to all those residents and businesses who desperately need reliable and effective transport links between Cambourne and Cambridge, and regrets that the 2024 delivery timeline is now unlikely to be achieved. However, taking a decision to move to the next stage without considering the Transport Authority’s alternative proposal risks future challenge and wasting public money.
A report will be brought back to the Board in due course.
The Greater Cambridge Partnership is the local delivery body for a City Deal with central Government, bringing powers and investment, worth up to £1 billion over 15 years, to vital improvements in infrastructure, supporting and accelerating the creation of 44,000 new jobs, 33,500 new homes and 420 additional apprenticeships.