Plans for transformative transport projects that would help thousands of people get into Cambridge more sustainably have been published.
Plans for new public transport route and travel hubs to be discussed
Possible new travel hubs and potential routes for a new mass public transport link from the A1307 that mean thousands of people could get into the city without driving have been unveiled in the papers for the next meeting of the Greater Cambridge Partnership (GCP) Joint Assembly.
A public consultation on the possible routes for phase two of the Cambridge South East Transport Scheme - that would provide quick and reliable public transport links from the A1307 to the city - could begin in September.
The GCP is also considering the next steps to on a future travel hub to the west of M11 junction 11, after a public consultation found more than 70 per cent of people backed proposals for a new travel hub rather than building a multi-storey car park on the existing Trumpington Park & Ride site.
If approved, the new site would have more parking spaces and secure and sheltered cycling spaces and lockers to allow more people to cycle, walk or use public transport to get to the city or key employment sites such as the Cambridge Biomedical Campus.
Cllr Lewis Herbert, Chair of the Greater Cambridge Partnership’s Executive Board, said: “We need a high-quality public transport system that helps people move in, out and around the city quickly, reliably and more sustainably to support the thousands of extra jobs and homes planned for Greater Cambridge.
“We’ve already delivered safety improvements along the A1307 as part of phase one of the Cambridge South East Transport Scheme. For phase two, we’d like to see a quick and reliable dedicated public transport route which will help people get in on more sustainable services without bringing their car into the city.
“The Trumpington Park & Ride is extremely popular and quickly reaches capacity most days – we must take action now to help hundreds more drivers choose to leave their car and catch public transport, walk or cycle so we can cut congestion and improve air quality.”
The findings to the GCP’s Choices for Better Journeys engagement campaign have also been published in the reports to the Joint Assembly which will meet on June 6. The Executive Board meets on June 27.
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.