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Cambridge South East Transport Study consultation launched

Published: Friday, February 9, 2018

Residents, businesses and commuters are being asked for their views on how we can provide better and faster public transport links and improved cycling and walking routes stretching out to the south east of the city.

The Cambridge South East Transport Study consultation has been launched today and people are encouraged to have their say on options for reliable public transport – which could in due course transition into the CAM Metro Mass Rapid Transit concept being progressed by the Combined Authority – as well as road safety improvements along the A1307.

The three strategies put forward by the Greater Cambridge Partnership aim to make it quicker and easier for people to travel into and out of the city from the south east.

Cllr Francis Burkitt, Chair of the Partnership’s Executive Board, said: “We’ve been working away at options for de-congesting the south east approach to Cambridge for a number of months, including very constructive input from local Councillors, residents and the community.  

“The current congestion on the A1307 and other nearby roads is miserable for commuters, residents and businesses – particularly those trying to get to Addenbrooke’s, the Cambridge Biomedical Campus, Babraham Research Campus and Granta Park.

“So we’re asking for views on three alternative possibilities which will help deliver faster, more reliable and high-quality public transport for journeys in the area.

“By investing in sustainable travel, we can help reduce congestion and its damaging effects on the environment, health and the economy both now and in the future.”

The three alternative strategies are:

Strategy 1: A new segregated Mass Rapid Transit route, which could in due course transition into the Cambridgeshire Autonomous Metro scheme being proposed by the Combined Authority, from the A11 via Sawston to the Cambridge Biomedical Campus.

Strategy 2: A new dedicated public transport link between the existing Babraham Road Park & Ride and the Cambridge Biomedical Campus and an inbound bus lane from Babraham Research Campus to the Babraham Road Park & Ride site. 

Strategy 3: An inbound bus lane along the A1307 from Babraham Research Campus to the Addenbrooke's Hospital roundabout. 

The proposals also include bus priority, junction improvements, walking and cycling measures and road safety improvements along the A1307 between Haverhill and Cambridge.

A continuous multi-user path for pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders could form the Linton Greenway.

People can have their say on the proposals by visiting the Partnership’s website and completing an online survey. Paper copies of the survey will also be made available.

A number of public exhibitions and events will be held over the coming weeks. The dates, times and venues for those events can be found on the Partnership’s website.

After the consultation closes on 3 April, the responses will be evaluated by officers.

The feedback will help to develop the proposals and allow the Executive Board to select a preferred strategy in the summer. That would then be subject to a further round of public consultation, to gain further feedback and help optimise its design.

To find out more about the three strategies and to have your say click here.