Published: Friday, September 1, 2017
Plans to increase the number of parking spaces at Trumpington Park & Ride – including for tourist and school buses - have been published.
You can view the document here: http://bit.ly/2wpUQ81
Read more about the project here: https://www.greatercambridge.org.uk/transport/transport-projects/western-orbital/
The proposals form part of the Greater Cambridge Partnership’s plans to improve the transport network, providing greater capacity for public transport journeys to the west and south of Cambridge.
A key aim of the Partnership’s transport strategy is to support growth by improving sustainable access to sites of housing and employment expansion. 15,000 new jobs are planned for Cambridge Biomedical Campus, including Addenbrooke’s Hospital which will also house the relocated Papworth Hospital. The campus will eventually have a working population of around 30,000, making it one of the largest biomedical sites in the world.
The ‘Western Orbital’ scheme proposes the introduction of orbital bus movements between junctions 11 and 13 of the M11 – allowing more people to travel from the north and west to jobs in the south of the city – including the growing Cambridge Biomedical Campus – without the need to travel into or through the city.
The scheme, which is also looking at additional Park & Ride spaces, would make these journeys easier and also help reduce congestion caused by through traffic in the city centre.
A report published today provides officer recommendations for next steps in the scheme, for the Partnership’s Joint Assembly and Executive Board to consider at meetings later this month.
It proposes pursuing with Highways England options for a new ‘’smart motorway’ – where the hard shoulder is used under certain conditions to assist with traffic flow – for the M11 between J10 to A14, as part of future plans, and an upgrade to the Girton Interchange. Work is also underway to pursue improvements to the junction 11 slip road, with a focusing on improving bus access.
In the meantime, officers recommend work continues to provide extra park and ride capacity in the area.
The Trumpington work, at a cost of £2.1m, would require necessary planning permissions.