Published: Thursday, July 26, 2018
“The Greater Cambridge Partnership can now crack on and deliver”.
Cllr Lewis Herbert, Chair of the Greater Cambridge Partnership (GCP), said a raft of transport schemes to help solve congestion problems in and around the city will progress ‘at pace’ following agreement with the Combined Authority.
Following a ‘pause’ on a number of projects to ensure they were aligned with Mayor’s future transport vision, members of the Combined Authority approved the GCP’s current approach subject to a number of small changes at its meeting on Wednesday (July 25).
As a result, the Partnership will now progress plans to significantly increase Park & Ride capacity in key locations, as well as plans for improved public transport journeys between Haverhill and Cambridge – in addition to other plans for improved bus journeys, and cycling and walking routes in and around the city.
The GCP will continue to work with the Combined Authority through to September on the issue of improved public transport journeys between Cambourne and Cambridge, and to explore means for delivering new Park & Ride more cost effectively and quickly.
A new joint group will also examine ambitious plans for a new metro system for Greater Cambridge.
Cllr Herbert said: “We are pleased the Combined Authority Board unanimously approved a report which confirms the GCP’s transport schemes, with a couple of exceptions, are fully aligned with their long-term ambitions.
“We made our case throughout the agreed ‘pause’ and we have agreed with the Mayor and the CA that this work needs to be delivered ‘at pace’ to support economic growth to ensure Greater Cambridge and its residents, workers and businesses continues to thrive.
“We have always been clear that our proposals deliver shorter-term improvements - which are desperately needed now - and which not only support, but can transition to form part of a new metro system in the future.
“Funding secured for Greater Cambridge can accelerate the delivery of a world-class transport system that benefits not just the county but the whole region.
“We only have one shot at jointly delivering the public transport transformation that Greater Cambridge so badly needs and we all need to work together to make it happen. The GCP can now crack on and deliver.”
Following approval of the transport paper by the Combined Authority, meetings of the Partnership’s Joint Assembly and Executive Board in September and October respectively will press on with decisions on key schemes including:
Reports will also be prepared to approve the start of work to develop improved public transport, and cycling and walking journeys, on the A10 north to Waterbeach and Newmarket Road.
All schemes form part of a wider strategy to reduce congestion, significantly improve public transport journeys and cycling and walking routes, with a view to generating a step change in travel in and around Cambridge.
Cllr Herbert said: “We recognise there is still significant work underway on long-term plans for a metro including where routes will be, how it will be funded and whether it will be a tyre-based tram or light rail.
“We support this ambition and the Greater Cambridge Partnership’s transport interventions provide the platform to deliver it sooner rather than later.”
The Joint Assembly meets at 2pm on 20 September, with the Executive Board meeting on 11 October at 4pm. Both meetings will be held at South Cambridgeshire Hall in Cambourne.
The GCP and Cambridgeshire County Council will present plans to manage congestion and improve travel in the south of the city, ahead of further planned growth at Cambridge Biomedical Campus, at Cambridge City Council’s South Area Committee on 10 September.