Green recovery report: sustainable transport proposals for the recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic

Green recovery report: sustainable transport proposals for the recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic

Published: Monday, March 08, 2021
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Reallocated road space for pedestrians, cyclists and buses, better bike routes and a new parking strategy are part of a plans to support a green recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Greater Cambridge Partnership has outlined proposals to invest in sustainable transport with more cycling lanes, an improved bus network and greener vehicles in a report published today.

The GCP’s Executive Board will consider proposals to boost public transport, walking and cycling, reallocate road space to sustainable modes of transport, change parking in the city and ambitions to work with bus operators to improve air quality by introducing a fleet of zero emission buses by 2025 at their meeting on 18 March.

The proposals include:

Boosting cycling, walking and public transport

  • Continuing to deliver projects in the next 3 months which give people and businesses more sustainable travel options, including delivering a second phase of experimental active travel schemes, finalising a freight pilot, expanding the electric bus pilot, increasing cycle parking and co-funding an e-cargo bike pilot.
  • Launching a consultation on £20m to expand the city’s cycling network.
  • Enhancing Park and Ride, including increasing the capacity of the Babraham Park & Ride by 159 parking spaces
  • Incentivising use of public transport as it transitions from central government support and in line with public health guidance, working with the Combined Authority and operators to extend operating hours, increase frequencies and look at new routes;

Creating space for sustainable transport

  • Developing a revised network hierarchy that prioritises sustainable transport and bringing forward a programme of road space reallocation to deliver this.
  • Developing and implementing an integrated parking strategy to promote sustainable travel, improve access and better manage the use of on and off street parking to reduce congestion on the network.
  • Funding the delivery of civil parking enforcement in South Cambridgeshire.

Improving air quality and supporting public transport to move towards net zero

  • Work with bus operators and the Combined Authority to move to a zero emission bus fleet by 2025.

To read the papers to the Executive Board meeting on 18 March visit Cambridgeshire County Council’s website.

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