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Future Transport Solutions study to be considered by the Greater Cambridge Partnership

Published: Friday, July 7, 2017


The Agenda papers and associated reports for the July meetings of the Joint Assembly and Executive Board of the Greater Cambridge partnership have been published today.   They include a number of forward-looking transport items, within the GCP’s objective of “Creating better and greener transport networks, connecting people to homes, jobs, study and opportunity”:

Independent study on future transport solutions

A proposal for commissioning an independent study of future transport solutions for Cambridge, South Cambridgeshire and beyond has been published today.

The Greater Cambridge Partnership Executive Board will be asked to back the commissioning of aStrategic Options Assessment study looking at a range of mass transport options for Cambridge and beyond – including the prospect of both over-ground and underground solutions, or a mix of both.

The Greater Cambridge Partnership would work closely with the Mayor on the joint study.

The proposal will also be considered at the Combined Authority Board meeting on Wednesday 26 July.

Cllr Lewis Herbert, Leader of Cambridge City Council and Chair of the Greater Cambridge Partnership Executive Board said: “The Greater Cambridge Partnership and Mayor share the same commitment to work together to deliver world-class public transport across Cambridge, the city region and out to future growth centres across Cambridgeshire and into neighbouring counties.

“The options assessment will provide a sound evidence-base for what is the optimum mix of future solutions, as well as ensuring we can future proof interim measures to manage growth and tackle congestion.”

Milton Road

A report has also been published proposing next steps for the Milton Road sustainable transport improvement scheme.

The Executive Board will consider a ‘concept design’ for Milton Road, outlining the improvements proposed along each section of the road. If agreed, the next steps would be to prepare an interim business case ahead of public consultation next year. Residents and stakeholders will have plenty of opportunity to get involved with the final design, including the proposals for tree planting.

Initial proposals have been significantly changed in consultation with residents and the Milton Road Local Liaison Forum, and now include;

  • improved provision for buses where most needed but avoiding bus lanes on both sides of the carriageway at any point along the route
  • segregated cycleways including a long stretch of two way cycleway from Ascham Road to Ramsden Square
  • segregated crossing points at major junctions for pedestrians and cyclists, with the ability to cross in one movement (no pedestrian islands),
  • the use of Copenhagen style crossings at side roads which give priority to pedestrians and cyclists over vehicles entering and exiting these roads,
  • and replacing the Elizabeth Way junction with a signalised roundabout that has fully segregated pedestrian and cycling facilities. 

St. Neots to Cambridge

The Greater Cambridge Partnership has for two years been studying a “Cambourne-to-Cambridge better busways” scheme, which will be “future-proofed” so that it could form the eastern part of a St. Neots-to-Cambridge transport route.

A review of possible Park and Ride (P&R) options for the Cambourne to Cambridge better bus journeys scheme has been undertaken. Part 1 of this review is published and has identified and scored the most feasible sites for a P&R location.

The Joint Assembly and Executive Board will be asked to consider a short list to take forward for further development work so that a decision can be made at the September meeting for a preferred site or sites.

Further work on “Option 6”, an on-road bus proposal put forward by the Local Liaison Forum for the scheme, will also be put forward as a potential comparator to option 3a, the current ‘preferred option’. These would then be consulted on later in the year.

Cambridge City Access

An update is published on efforts to improve access in Cambridge City centre, in particular work on gathering an extensive evidence base and developing transport policies that contribute to improving air quality and make the most of smart technologies. This includes:

  • carrying out one of the Country’s most comprehensive traffic surveys;
  • feasibility studies on hybrid and electric buses; and
  • a review of the whole Cambridge traffic signal network.

The evidence gathering is set to continue with an extensive survey of all communities and businesses in Greater Cambridge to help understand existing travel patterns and what might incentivise change.

Cycleways

The Assembly and Board will discuss Traffic Regulation Orders to be decided for  the Cross City cycleways schemes.

Governance

Improvements to the governance of the partnership will be put forward, so that roles and responsibilities are clear, the energy and expertise of the Joint Assembly is brought to bear earlier in the project ‘life cycle’ and to strengthen the pre-scrutiny of proposals before decisions are made.

 

Cllr Lewis Herbert, added: “It is fitting that our first meeting as the newly-renamed Greater Cambridge Partnership should see so many reports highlighting key new principles that we want to see embraced; a clear evidence base for all proposals going forward; prioritising of greener strategies to ensure Cambridge is a more sustainable, clean and healthy place to live, work and study; and a strong commitment to working closely and collaboratively with residents, businesses and stakeholders for the benefit of all.”

The Greater Cambridge Partnership comprises councils, business and academia working to secure sustainable economic growth and quality of life in Greater Cambridge through multi-million pound investment in vital infrastructure, housing and skills.

The Greater Cambridge Partnership is the delivery body for the local City Deal with central Government.

  • Greater Cambridge Partnership Joint Assembly – 1pm - 6.30pm, @ The Council Chamber, South Cambridgeshire District Council, Cambourne
  • Greater Cambridge Partnership Executive Board – 10am – 5pm, @ The Council Chamber, The Guildhall, Cambridge

Papers for the Greater Cambridge Partnership meeting can be found at http://scambs.moderngov.co.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=1073&MId=6850&Ver=4

Questions for the Joint Assembly should be submitted by 10am on Friday 14 July to Democratic.Services@Scambs.gov.uk