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Cambridge’s Largest Traffic Survey Planned

Published: Tuesday, May 30, 2017


The survey will help planners better understand how to develop Cambridge’s transport network. With over 200,000 vehicles coming in or out of the City every day, the survey will provide the latest trends on traffic flows within Cambridge.

The survey will be used for understanding vehicle emissions, origin and destination movements and journey times. It will ultimately be used for travel planning purposes and help identify options to improve air quality.

A comprehensive traffic survey commissioned by the Greater Cambridge City Deal will be taking place in June to discover the latest traffic trends.

The City Deal is working to bring about a step-change in travel in Greater Cambridge, to accommodate the ever-growing number of trips and to keep people and business moving well into the future.

The partnership has commissioned an independent firm to carry out the traffic survey over seven continuous days in June, within school and university term time.

The survey will use cutting-edge Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) technology. The information collected by the ANPR cameras will be sanitised to remove any personal data and therefore the results will be completely anonymous and individuals or specific vehicles will not be identifiable.

The data will also be used to update the County’s traffic modelling system, which takes account of seasonal trends. The results of the survey will be used in conjunction with other sources, including the latest traffic counts.

Chris Tunstall, Interim City Deal Transport Director, said: “There is the need for a robust and refreshed evidence base in respect of our transport proposals and this survey - which will be used to supplement existing data - will considerably assist in our assessment of Cambridge’s future transport requirements.”

Hilary Holden, Lead Officer for City Access at the Greater Cambridge City Deal, said: “The traffic survey is the largest of its kind in Cambridge and will provide up-to-date information on traffic trends. These statistics will be part of a dataset to enable transport professionals to plan a sustainable transport network.”

“Our small thriving city is always a hive of activity and it’s hard to find a quiet time, so roadworks, traffic incidents and the weather will all be taken into account when we use the survey data.”

Residents may notice the cameras being attached to lamp and signposts, and fixed to bridges and other infrastructure. The cameras will be removed after the survey has been completed.

This year sees a number of City Deal early plans start to come to fruition. The first phase of transport projects are prioritised to help Cambridge grow sustainably and are part of a long-term plan to bring about a shift towards cleaner and healthier travel.