Cambridge is a historic city with limited space for people to move around. At the moment public transport often gets stuck in traffic, leading to slower, less reliable journeys.
The City Access project aims to enhance public transport and cycling and walking routes to cut congestion and improve air quality.
We need to reduce the number of cars on the road and create space for more sustainable transport. We also need to raise money to fund transformed public transport that offers a real alternative to the car.
The Greater Cambridge Partnership Joint Assembly and Executive Board will consider the results of the Choices for Better Journeys engagement and decide on the next steps in their meetings in June.
A Citizens' Assembly will be held in the autumn to consider evidence about how to reduce congestion and better support public transport to improve people’s daily journeys. The solutions will also help to reduce emissions causing climate change.
The Joint Assembly and Executive Board will be presented with the recommendations from the Citizens’ Assembly, along with a proposed measures, in their meetings in November and December respectively.
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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.