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PROJECT  SUMMMARY

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.

BACKGROUND

Traffic has increased dramatically in the last decade in Greater Cambridge, with almost a quarter of people’s commuting time now spent in traffic jams. Congestion is affecting people’s quality of life, the environment and productivity.

Rising employment will bring new jobs and opportunities for future generations – but growing congestion threatens Cambridge’s future.

To create world class public transport for Greater Cambridge, we need to consider some key challenges:

  • How to reduce congestion to run faster, more frequent and reliable services: traffic needs to reduce by up to 15% on 2011 levels (that’s up to 24% on today’s levels).
  • How to pay for improved public transport, cycling and walking networks over the longer term, which requires investment of around £20m per year.
  • How to improve air quality as we expand the public transport network. In Greater Cambridge, 106 deaths per year are attributed to poor air quality.

NEXT STEPS

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.

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

Previous Engagement and Consultations

11 Jul 2016
10 Oct 2016

Tackling Peak-Time Congestion Engagement

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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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