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Introduction

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.

BACKGROUND

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.

NEXT STEPS

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

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

BENEFITS OF CITY ACCESS

  • 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.

CITY ACCESS GALLERY

PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT AND CONSULTATIONS

Frequently asked questions

Cambridge is growing rapidly, with thousands of new jobs created in the last few years and more on the way. This success brings challenges, including congestion. We need to think about how best to get people into, out of and around our city and the wider area.

Any charging scheme would need to work for Cambridge, which is very different to London. Congestion in Cambridge is focussed around the peak hours and a flexible charging system could reflect that.

50 per cent of journeys are within the city. We have not designed a scheme at this stage, but if a scheme was brought forward it would need to consider how it would work for residents, bearing in mind that many may have more options for non-car based travel than those coming from further away.

Connecting villages into the network will be important to make sure we have public transport that works for the whole of Greater Cambridge and beyond. We want to make journeys simpler and better. This could include new services, and new walking and cycling routes either directly into the city or connecting up with the strategic network.

We're also expanding provision of travel hubs, so that those who want or need to do part of their journey by car can leave it outside the city and have a fast, reliable route in on public transport or through cycling or walking.

Our initial estimates suggest an investment of at least £20m per year is needed to deliver a world class network for Greater Cambridge.

Documents

pdf Choices for Better Journeys Report - Final Draft

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pdf Choices for Better Journeys Brochures

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pdf Cambridge CAZ Final Report optimised web

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pdf Cambridge CAZ Final Report Appendices optimised web

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pdf GCP Travel Survey Final Report April 2018

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pdf Our Big Conversation - Key Findings v2

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pdf Systra - Cambridgeshire Travel Survey Final Report

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