Published: Tuesday, November 13, 2018
A public consultation was launched yesterday on plans to provide new sustainable infrastructure to connect up Oakington with Cambridge and surrounding villages.
The Greater Cambridge Partnership (GCP) is consulting on a trial Rural Travel Hub in Oakington – it would be the first of its kind in the county and, if successful, could lead to a network of hubs across South Cambridgeshire.
The Rural Travel Hub aims to tackle the increasing transport challenges in South Cambridgeshire, along with reducing the levels of private car journeys between Cambridge and the surrounding villages by connecting public transport, cycling and walking routes.
Councillor Lewis Herbert, Chair of the Greater Cambridge Partnership, said: “The plans for Rural Travel Hubs are a central part of our strategy by creating bigger, better and greener transport interchanges at key locations in South Cambridgeshire.
“Extra bus links will better connect people’s homes to their jobs, to schools and colleges, and to other destinations in Cambridge and beyond.
“We want feedback particularly from everyone in the Oakington area on this proposal for a pilot Oakington Rural Travel Hub, including views on how the scheme could work for local people and the features that potential future users would require.”
Visualisation of Option 1 looking towards the Oakington Rural Travel Hub from Station Road
Visualisation of Option 2 looking towards the Oakington Rural Travel Hub from Station Road
The proposed options for a Rural Travel Hub in Oakington include a bus turning circle to enable the Citi 6 bus to connect with the Oakington Busway stop and providing residents from Oakington village with a public transport connection to the Busway. Other features include cycle lockers for secure storage of bikes, a bus stop with Real Time Travel Information, disabled parking bays and a drop-off/pick-up area.
The consultation includes two options for a Rural Travel Hub. Option one has 38 car parking spaces and three disabled bays, while option two has disabled bays only. The team would like feedback on support for the pilot and their preferred option.
The proposed Rural Travel Hub could also integrate with the GCP Greenways scheme to provide a foot and cycle way between Oakington village and the Busway, along with a shared-use path between Oakington and Cottenham.
The public consultation follows local engagement with the community to gauge initial thoughts and ideas for pilot Rural Travel Hubs in Sawston and Oakington. Following feedback from the community, the proposals for Oakington were developed to provide two options: with and without parking. The project also took on board feedback that there could be better locations for a Rural Travel Hub in Sawston and alternatives are being investigated.
The consultation is open until Monday 7 January. It is currently envisaged that the consultation results with be reviewed by the Greater Cambridge Partnership Executive Board next spring, along with a decision on next steps.
Further information on the consultation, including a survey and drawings of the proposals, can be found on the Consult Cambs website.