Hundreds respond to transport consultations

Hundreds respond to transport consultations

Published: Tuesday, December 22, 2020
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Hundreds of people have responded to public consultations on multi-million-pound transport projects that would transform how people travel around Greater Cambridge.

The Greater Cambridge Partnership launched four public consultations in October and asked people for their views on projects that would vastly improve walking, cycling and public transport journeys.

In total, the GCP received more than 2,500 responses across the four consultations that closed last week. The findings will be put before the GCP’s Executive Board in the second half of 2021.

Cllr Roger Hickford, Chair of the GCP’s Executive Board, said:

“Thank you to everyone who took the time to take part in these public consultations.

“The feedback we have received will now be carefully analysed and will help shape the development of these projects that will significantly improve journeys between people’s homes and places of work, education and leisure.”

Waterbeach to Cambridge

The project aims to reduce congestion, alleviate peak time congestion on the A10 and meet the increased transport demand that Waterbeach new town will bring.

Options in the consultation included a new segregated public transport route, which could form part of the CAM Metro in the future. Other ideas include dedicated active travel routes that could integrate into the GCP’s Waterbeach Greenway and Chisholm Trail projects.

Cambridge South East Transport

This consultation was on the detailed design of the scheme, which will transform public transport and active travel to the city and key employment sites and communities to the south-east.

A new travel hub near the A11 will mean drivers can leave their cars outside the city and complete their onward journeys on bike or improved public transport services running on a segregated off-road route.

Cambridge Eastern Access

This consultation included proposals to provide reliable and safe walking, cycling and public transport journeys along the busy A1303/A1134 routes.

The project options could be delivered in two phases. The first looks at adding bus priority measures and other on-road improvements to Newmarket Road, as well as the possibility of a relocated and expanded Newmarket Road Park and Ride.

The second phase would deliver a new dedicated public transport route. This phase is dependent on the emerging local plan and the potential development of the Marshall's site.

Experimental Traffic Regulation Orders (ETROs)

The GCP rolled out a raft of trial schemes (ETROs) over the summer to help people maintain social distancing as they walk and cycle around Cambridge during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The trials include the closure of various streets to through motor traffic and the extension of the Silver Street bus gate in the city centre to support active travel. The measures are part of a wider programme led by Cambridgeshire County Council.

The consultation asked whether the ETROs should be made permanent, changed or removed.

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