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Next Steps for UK's First Rural Travel Hub

Published: Thursday, May 10, 2018

Proposals to improve transport links in the villages of Oakington, Whittlesford and Sawston are progressing with new research and community events planned by the Greater Cambridge Partnership.

Upcoming summer events aim to listen to the needs of residents and commuters in Oakington and Sawston regarding the potential for a Rural Travel Hub in these villages. The hubs plan to be tailored rural transport interchanges to connect residents in South Cambridgeshire with public transport and cycling/walking routes.

New research has also been commissioned on how planned developments will affect Whittlesford’s transport network, including the potential for a Rural Travel Hub in the village.

Due to the potential growth near Whittlesford Parkway train station and the increasing popularity of commuting by train, a master planning exercise has been commissioned. It will identify the transport interventions required to improve capacity and connectivity, as well as mitigate congestion in the area. After this has been completed, a Rural Travel Hub for Whittlesford may be explored in more detail.

The Greater Cambridge Partnership carried out early work on Rural Travel Hubs last year and is now working on the second phase of the project, including the development of a full business case, using community feedback.

The events will be looking to discover local needs for Rural Travel Hubs, including the best location and features, such as requirements for cycle/car parking, waiting areas and lighting.

It is envisaged that the research on Whittlesford Parkway will be reported back to the Greater Cambridge Partnership’s Executive Board later this year, along with a public consultation on Rural Travel Hubs following this summer’s engagement events.

The community can find out more about the proposals for Rural Travel Hubs at the following events:

  • 29 May, 4pm-7pm, Oakington Pavilion,
  • 03 June, 1pm-4pm, Sawston Village Fete,
  • 13 June, 6pm-8pm, Sawston Free Church
  • 21 June, 1pm-4pm, Crossways Communitea Café
  • 30 June, 12-5pm, Oakington Community Association Fair
  • 3 July, 11.30am, Sawston Neighbourhood drop-in, Parish Council Officers

There is also an online survey on Whittlesford Parkway, which is currently available to complete by commuters and local residents.

Further information on Rural Travel Hubs and the Whittlesford Station master planning exercise can be found on the Greater Cambridge Partnership website.