GCP Chair responds to Budget statement

Published 06 March 2024

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Responding to the Budget statement, Cllr Elisa Meschini said:

“We have been working hard with our partners to secure additional funding to deliver phase two of the Cambridge South East Transport (CSET) project which will ensure the Cambridge Biomedical Campus and local communities have the right public transport links they need. We are pleased the government agrees with us about the strategic importance of this connectivity scheme by providing £7.2 million to progress it to the next stage.

“The continued growth of Greater Cambridge is leading the resurgence of the UK economy and in order for us to sustain that growth it is vital that better infrastructure is in place to support new homes, jobs and the government’s ambitions for Cambridge to become Europe’s science capital.

“CSET2 is a public transport scheme which would provide faster and more reliable journeys between a new travel hub at the A11 to the Cambridge Biomedical Campus and on to the city to ensure people can travel from growing communities to work, education and to meet friends and family.

“CSET2 will be designed to meet the needs of the future, from housing and job growth to utilising new modes of transportation. It will connect to the city’s future transport network, including Cambridge South rail station due to open in 2025.

“Today’s announcement means we can resume the scheme and take CSET phase two to the next stage of the process which I look forward to considering in the formal report at our Executive Board in June.”