Cycling and public transport schemes at the next GCP Executive BoardPublished: Monday, September 28, 2020
Multi-million-pound transport schemes that would transform cycling and public transport will face key decisions at the next meeting of the Greater Cambridge Partnership’s Executive Board.
Options for the Waterbeach to Cambridge and Cambridge Eastern Access public transport and cycling schemes have been published, with consultations set to launch shortly if approved by the Board at its meeting on October 1.
These projects – along with other dedicated public transport, cycling and walking routes put forward by the GCP – aim to reduce congestion along major traffic corridors, improve air quality and form an integral part of the Cambridgeshire Autonomous Metro (CAM) in the future.
The Board could also give the green light to take forward £32m investment five Greenways projects – high quality walking, cycling and active travel links between the city and Barton, Bottisham, Horingsea, Sawston and Swaffhams. The Board has already approved new Greenways links to Waterbeach, Fulbourn, Linton, Melbourn, St Ives and Comberton, with a decision on the Haslingfield route expected in the winter.
Taken together, the Greater Cambridge Greenways network will deliver a step change in cycling and walking routes to connect Cambridge with surrounding towns and villages.
Waterbeach to Cambridge and Cambridge Eastern Access
A four week public engagement campaign on the Waterbeach to Cambridge and Cambridge Eastern Access schemes over the summer resulted in hundreds in responses. People were asked to comment on the early plans on a virtual map, and complete a short survey.
Options for a new high-quality route connecting the expanding town of Waterbeach to Cambridge include a new segregated rapid mass transit route, which could form part of the CAM Metro project in the future, alongside dedicated cycling and active travel routes that could integrate into the GCP’s Waterbeach Greenway and Chisholm Trail projects. These options look to deliver the improvements needed to help alleviate peak time congestion on the A10 and crowding on the King’s Lynn to Cambridge train line and meet the increased transport demand that Waterbeach new town will bring.
The Cambridge Eastern Access project is tackling the problem of how best to improve public transport and active travel to improve air quality along the busy Newmarket Road A1303/A1134 corridor.
We are suggesting that the proposals would be delivered in two phases – the first phase would look to add various bus priority measures and other on-road improvements to Newmarket Road, as well as possibility of a relocated and expanded Newmarket Road Park and Ride site, and the second phase would deliver a new dedicated public transport route that would form an integral part of the wider CAM in the future.
A further option could see more trains on the Cambridge to Newmarket railway line and new railway station in east Cambridge but this would be subject to the Local Plan, infrastructure improvement and investment from other organisations, including Network Rail.
This network of 12 walking, cycling and active travel routes makes it easy for people to travelling from Cambridge to surrounding villages on bicycles, on foot, or by other means. The GCP’s Executive Board has already approved plans for six Greenways and at October’s meeting Board will be asked to approve the routes and budgets for the five other Greenways:
- £10m for the Barton Greenway;
- £5m for the Bottisham Greenway;
- £2.5m for the Horningsea Greenway;
- £9m for the Sawston Greenway;
- £4.5m for the Swaffhams Greenway;
- Approve £1.25m for detailed design work in preparation for construction in 2020/21.
The Haslingfield Greenway route is expected to be taken to the Executive Board in December.