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First look at GCP papers for upcoming Joint Assembly meeting

Published: Tuesday, November 6, 2018

The Greater Cambridge Partnership’s (GCP) vision for a world-class public transport system for Cambridge has been published in a report which sets out options for reducing congestion and how people will travel in and around the city centre.

The vision is for a rapid, reliable and integrated public transport network of bus, rail and mass rapid transit systems that is affordable and uses smart technology to provide faster, more frequent and reliable journeys to offer a genuine alternative to the car.

The City Access report, published today (Tuesday) ahead of the Joint Assembly meeting on 15 November, also sets out a number of options for freeing up road space and creating a sustainable funding source to make room for, and fund a world-class public transport system in the future.

The report builds upon the findings of Our Big Conversation, held last year, which asked people who live, work and study in Cambridge to tell us about the challenges they face and their hopes and ideas for the future.

Congestion on the road and the cost, reliability and access to public transport were identified as the biggest challenges people faced during the GCP’s largest public engagement exercise to date.

Subject to approval by the Executive Board in December, the GCP aims to continue that discussion in the spring with a dual focus of gaining a better understanding of the potential impacts and benefits of public transport improvements, and to ask for the public’s feedback on the developing potential options for tackling congestion and how to change people’s travel habits.

These options include physical measures, such as parking restrictions, traffic signal optimisation and/or reducing the amount of road space available to cars and reallocating that freed up space to public transport, cycling and walking infrastructure.

Photo of cars in city centre

There are also a range of potential financial measures – such as workplace parking levies or road-pricing such as pollution charging or charging vehicles using the roads during the most congested periods– to encourage people to switch to sustainable transport.

Financial measures could also raise the necessary funds to improve and maintain the public transport network to make it better, cheaper and more reliable.

The GCP is working closely with the Mayor and the Combined Authority to develop proposals for the Cambridge Autonomous Metro to provide fast, reliable and high-capacity travel across the city.

A number of other projects – such as the use of smart technology to provide integrated ticketing and real-time traffic information, and upgrades to the cycling network – are also being developed by the GCP to make it easier for people to travel around the city.

Members will also be presented with a paper on the proposed Cambourne to Cambridge public transport route, which aims to ease congestion and create sustainable travel choices along the A428.

The Joint Assembly and Executive Board will be asked to consider the Phase 1 option assessment and route planning that has been carried out since the presentation of the Strategic Outline Business Case (SOBC), including input from the public consultation. Ongoing work would include informal public consultation on options for Phase 2 including P&R location.

The final report for the Joint Assembly’s consideration outlines the final design for improvements to public transport, cycling and walking journeys along Histon Road.

The report pack for the meeting can be found on South Cambridgeshire District Council’s website.

The Joint Assembly meets at South Cambridgeshire Hall in Cambourne at 2pm on Thursday 15 November. The meeting will be streamed live on the GCP’s Facebook page and uploaded on to our YouTube channel