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Community leads Haverhill to Cambridge transport plans

Published: Monday, October 23, 2017


Ways of improving public transport, cycling and walking trips between Haverhill and Cambridge are set to be debated at a meeting next month.

A series of community-held meetings have developed three potential ‘strategies’ – including a proposal for an off-road busway to Cambridge partly along the old Haverhill railway line, via Sawston.

The A1307 scheme aims to manage growing congestion by offering new and improved travel choices, including between key employment sites at Babraham Research Campus, Granta Park and Cambridge Biomedical Campus (CBC).

It forms part of the Greater Cambridge Partnership's (GCP) vision to create better and greener transport networks, connecting people to homes, jobs, study and opportunity.

Papers published today, ahead of the meeting of the GCP’s Joint Assembly on 2 November, outline three alternative strategies developed during a series of workshops held between local members, community representatives and officers over the summer.

These include:

  • Improved bus links between the A11 and the Cambridge Biomedical Campus (CBC).  The three strategies that will be discussed are: 

    - a new off-road busway from the A11 via Sawston to CBC, partly along the old Haverhill railway line

    - on-road bus lanes from Babraham Research Campus, leading to an off-road busway from the Babraham Road P&R site to CBC, 

    - on-road bus lanes from Babraham Research Campus to CBC

  • A new park and ride site close to the A11, the precise location yet to be determined 
  • Bus lane in Linton, and road safety improvements between Horseheath and Linton
  • Upgrading bridges across the A11 for use by cyclists, pedestrians and equestrians 
  • Improvement of cycling links between Linton and the Biomedical Campus 
  • Junction improvements at side roads off the A1307 

Cllr Francis Burkitt at the site of the old Haverhill to Cambridge Railway line

Next steps will be agreed at a meeting of the Executive Board on 22 November, with advice from the Joint Assembly, including whether to put some or all of these three strategies, or other strategies, to a public consultation in February 2018.

Cllr Francis Burkitt, Chair of the GCP Executive Board, said: “The A1307 is an awful road, and everyone agrees that we desperately need to improve public transport along this key transport corridor.  

“During this year, and in response to feedback, we’ve been spending considerable time working together with members of the Local Liaison Forum and other stakeholders to explore strategies in detail. This has led to some clear alternatives and I look forward to hearing the Assembly’s views, and then to the Board deciding what to put to a public consultation next February.  

“Quite correctly, the planning stage is a long process, but ideally we’ll get to a position where work on the improvements can start in 2020.”

Further information on the scheme can be found at https://www.greatercambridge.org.uk/transport/transport-projects/a1307-three-campuses-to-cambridge/

Alternatively, the three strategies are outlined as below.