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 A step change in sustainable and technology-driven travel in and around Cambridge between now and 2050 will help individuals, communities, businesses and the local economy thrive.

Greater Cambridge Future Transport 2050 Video 

Our new Greater Cambridge Future Transport 2050 video explains how we're part of a wider plan to develop a better, greener, travel network that will give you a range of alternatives to using your car.

The Greater Cambridge Future Transport 2050 video explains how Greater Cambridge is growing rapidly and the problems congestion creates, along with short-term and long-term transport projects.

The Greater Cambridge Future Transport 2050 video discusses cycling, walking and public transport improvements, including Cambridgeshire Autonomous Metro (CAM). 

It also looks at short term improvements, including autonomous vehicle shuttle service on the busway, Abbey Chesterton Bridge and Greater Cambridge Greenways.

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Frequently asked questions

The visuals used in the video of the CAM tunnels and metro stop are purely indicative and no decision has been made on the location of the tunnels or metro station, as well as the design of a metro station.

We are currently working with the Mayor and Combined Authority of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough to develop proposals for a metro (rapid-transit) system for Cambridge, enabling fast, reliable and high-capacity services for large catchments of the City.

It is envisaged that the Abbey-Chesterton Bridge will be completed in 2020. The latest updates on the construction of the bridge, including the Chisholm Trail, is available on our website.

Greater Cambridge Greenways are a proposed series of 12 high quality cycling, walking and equestrian routes linking nearby towns and villages to Cambridge.

There’s more information about Greater Cambridge Greenways on our website.

The Government in its autumn 2017 Statement confirmed that they would provide central funding to accelerate the building of a third station in Cambridge, adjacent to the Cambridge Biomedical Campus. The Greater Cambridge Partnership and the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority have provided contributions of £1.7m each, along with support from private investors.

The work is currently being progressed by the Department for Transport and Network Rail.

To help manage further growth in Cambridge and its impact on air quality, we are currently working with Cambridge City Council on initial research for introducing a Clean Air Zone in Cambridge.

A Clean Air Zone is an area where targeted action is taken to improve air quality. A new study will look into the various options of a Clean Air Zone including location, vehicles restrictions, potential charge for access to the zone and the impact on residents.

Emerging analysis commissioned to consider the case for a Clean Air Zone in Cambridge has estimated that around 50 deaths each year in Cambridge are attributable to poor air quality; around 5 per cent of all deaths. Poor air quality can also deter people from walking and cycling.

The Future Transport video shows a nurse parking at Trumpington Park & Ride and then getting on an autonomous vehicle pod and travelling to Cambridge Biomedical Campus. At the end of the video, there is footage of the existing Busway, which transitions to an autonomous vehicle and then finally to an Advanced Very Rapid Transit vehicle.

We are working closely with the Mayor and the Combined Authority to push forward the development of Cambridgeshire Autonomous Metro (CAM). 

We plan for our existing transport projects to deliver high-quality public transport, which will evolve as the technology develops. For example, the proposed Cambourne to Cambridge public transport route will form part of the CAM Metro route and a vehicle operating along the route, would use rubber-tyred, electric powered vehicle.

The Greater Cambridge Partnership is currently investigating a number of ways to increase cycle parking in the city centre. We have undertaken early research into automated cycle parking, but there are no set plans to add automated cycle parking in Parker’s Piece at this stage and the example given in the video is purely aspirational.

The travel app shown in the video is MotionMap, which is being developed by the Smart Cambridge programme to help encourage people to make more sustainable travel choices.  

The app provides real-time information on buses, including departure boards, locations and nearby bus stops. It also helps you plan your journey through walking, cycling and driving. More information can be found on the Connecting Cambridgeshire website.

Download the Motion Map app free on Google Play for Android or on iTunes for iOS.

We plan to start testing autonomous vehicles in summer 2019, followed by the first passenger trials in early 2020.

It is envisaged that six, 12-seater, self-driving shuttles will operate on the southern section of the existing guided busway from Trumpington to the Cambridge Biomedical Campus. This will initially be an out-of-hours service, when ordinary buses aren’t running, providing a service for shift workers, weekend shoppers and people on their way home from a night out.

There’s more information about the plans for autonomous vehicles in our news sections. 

The GCP 2050 Future Transport video was created to explain how a step change in sustainable and technology-driven travel in and around Cambridge between now and 2050 will help individuals, communities, businesses and the local economy thrive.

We are currently at the early stages of designing a metro network for Cambridge and no decisions have been made on the location of any tunnels.  It is proposed that the metro will operate over ground, until they meet the inner city, at which point they will need to go underground to maintain journey speeds.

The Greater Cambridge Partnership is working with the business community to ensure its investments reflect their needs and to support recruitment and retention of skilled employees.

We are working together to create economic growth and improve the quality of life for all that live in, and use, Greater Cambridge – both now and in the future. We are delivering up to £1billion of investment to help create the right conditions for the region to thrive, bringing bene­fits to both people and businesses.


pdf Cambridge Mass Transit Options Assessment Report Final 2

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