City Access


Greater Cambridge is a national economic success story.

The Cambridgeshire area is host to some of the most productive and innovative parts of the UK economy, creating an environment for advancement, discovery and opportunities.

The population of Greater Cambridge is expected to grow 28% by 2031 with 33,500 new homes and 44,000 additional jobs to be provided in the area.

an urban street in Cambridge, showing a cyclist, some parked cars, and a double decker bus.  A large speed limit sign shgows that the change from a 20 miles per hour zone to national speed limit (30 miles an hour).


Congestion is a major problem that threatens to stop residents, businesses and visitors from getting into or around Cambridge quickly and reliably. Some of the challenges Greater Cambridge faces include:

  • Almost a quarter of people's commuting time in Cambridge is spent in traffic jams.
  • Regular and necessary journeys are increasingly unreliable, unpredictable and unpleasant, impacting on the quality of life.
  • Little of the current network is segregated for public transport, meaning bus delays are significant.
  • Cambridge's historic heart and narrow streets are in high demand, with limited capacity.
  • High levels of traffic and worsening congestion means there is not enough city centre road space to facilitate a reliable, world-class public transport system.
Infographic on the challenges of traffic and growth


The Greater Cambridge Citizens' Assembly took place this autumn and considered evidence about how to reduce congestion, improve air quality and provide better public transport in greater Cambridge. 

The headline recommendations have been published and a full report will be submitted to the Joint Assembly and Executive Board in November and December respectively. 

The headline recommendations can be found here. 

Visualisation of student waiting for Cambridgeshire Autonomous Metro (CAM) in Cambridge city centre


  • Offers a genuine alternative to the car
  • Supports cleaner air and healthier living
  • Rapid and reliable public transport (segregated from cars where possible)
  • Integrated public transport network, including timetable, ticketing and information
  • Focuses on improving the links with the key employment centres outside of the city centre

The future transport network will offer a quicker, more frequent and reliable service.

On the busiest routes, between the biggest residential and employment areas, around three quarters of people will have a better journey by public transport than by car.

Infographic showing the key Public Transport Vision priorities: a genuine alternative to the car, rapid & reliable, an integrated ticket network, better provision for emloyment centres, supports clean air & healthy living, affordable and feasible to deliver and maintain



2017 Air Pollution Graphic
2017 Air Pollution Graphic
Choices for Better Journeys Report - Final Draft

Published on 11 Nov 2019

Choices for Better Journeys Brochures

Published on 11 Nov 2019


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GCP Travel Survey_Final Report_April 2018

Published on 11 Nov 2019

Our Big Conversation - Key Findings v2

Published on 11 Nov 2019

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