The Greater Cambridge Partnership (GCP) and consultants Mott MacDonald are proposing to enhance the facilities at Babraham Road Park & Ride.
GCP proposes Babraham Road Park & Ride extension
Proposals include adding:
- Over 150 new car parking spaces, an addition to the existing 1458 spaces, to help reduce the number of car journeys into Cambridge
- A new footpath from the Park & Ride site to the A1307
- Solar canopies over the new & existing parking spaces
- A landscaping scheme that supports biodiversity.
More details and a plan of the proposals are available to download on the project’s website here.
Why is an extension of Babraham Road Park & Ride needed?
The Park & Ride site is close to the Cambridge Biomedical Campus (including Addenbrooke’s Hospital) and used by many staff and visitors. Prior to the Covid-19 outbreak Babraham Road Park & Ride regularly reached full capacity, leading to many drivers having to find alternative parking in the city.
The local economy of Cambridge is based around technology and specialist sectors, such as biomedical research. These sectors are continuing to grow and so the need to improve public transport and routes for cycling and walking remains high.
This project - along with all of GCP’s transport schemes - aims to support Greater Cambridge’s recovery from Covid-19. The extension forms part of the wider vision of the Greater Cambridge Partnership to secure sustainable economic growth and improve quality of life for the people of Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire.
If you have any questions about the project or would like to comment on the proposals, please get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org by 30 September.
GCP will carefully review all feedback received and make any final changes to its proposals. The planning application for this extension is currently scheduled to be submitted later this winter.
The council says: "We hope that, all going well, construction of the extension could start next autumn, with the additional parking spaces being available to use from spring 2022, subject to a successful planning application."
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.