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Next phase of Cambourne to Cambridge Better Public Transport scheme unveiled

Published: Monday, February 4, 2019

a view along a road in Cambourne, leading to the church. The church is a high peaked, contemporary building, with a tall set of windows that run from ground level up to the roof peak on the gable end

Plans for the next phase of a new public transport link and Park & Ride site between Cambourne and Cambridge have been unveiled today.

Proposals for phase two of the Greater Cambridge Partnership’s Cambourne to Cambridge Better Public Transport Project between the Madingley Mulch roundabout and Cambourne have been set out in an eight week public consultation that opens today [Monday 4 February].

The scheme will introduce a reliable public transport link connecting Cambourne with the city to offer sustainable travel and support growth. By 2031, 8,000 new homes are planned for development in the Cambourne to Cambridge area and more than 44,000 new jobs will be created in or around the city.

Cllr Lewis Herbert, Chair of the GCP’s Executive Board, said: “Cambridge needs a world-class public transport system to help people move around quickly and more reliably. We must take action now to connect growing communities to jobs, education and opportunities.

“The Cambourne to Cambridge scheme will give people the opportunity to leave their cars outside the city and travel into Cambridge more easily on enhanced public transport.

“We’re keen to hear the views of everyone who travels along the route – from Cambridge through to Cambourne and the surrounding area – to ensure we deliver the best project to support residents, workers and businesses as Greater Cambridge continues to grow.”

The three potential options put forward in the phase two consultation for a new public transport link between Madingley Mulch roundabout and Cambourne are:

  • Option 1 – an entirely off-road public transport route that only interacts with other traffic at junctions.
  • Option 2 – an entirely on-road public transport route, with public transport vehicles mixing with general traffic, along with basic junction improvements.
  • Option 3 – an entirely on-road public transport route, with dedicated public transport lanes.

People are also invited to have their say on two potential options for a new Park & Ride site along the route. The site options are:

  • Scotland Farm - with vehicle access off Scotland Road.
  • Waterworks - with access off the Madingley Mulch roundabout.

Printed consultation materials will be delivered to homes from 4 February and people can also view the plans and complete a questionnaire on the GCP website. The GCP is holding a number of public exhibitions to discuss the plans with members of the public and dates, times and venues are available on the project pages.

The public consultation closes to comments at midnight on Sunday 31 March.