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Public feedback to CSETS transport improvement plans to be discussed

Published: Wednesday, September 12, 2018

The public’s views on proposals to improve public transport to the south east of Cambridge will be presented at two upcoming meetings.

The Greater Cambridge Partnership (GCP) received almost 2,000 responses to its public consultation, which was held between February and April, on the Cambridge South East Transport Study which looks at travel between Cambridge and Haverhill via the A1307.

A £14m package of ‘quick wins’ (phase one) to improve road safety, walking, cycling and bus journeys along the A1307 by 2020 was approved by the Executive Board in July.

All 17 of the ‘quick wins’ identified in phase one received public support, with the proposals for road safety improvements at Haverhill Road and the Gog Farm Shop junction (88 percent) and the Linton Greenway (74 percent) the most popular.

Three long-term strategies which aim to make it easier and quicker for people to travel in and out of the city from the south east were put forward in the consultation as phase two.

Strategy one – a new segregated mass rapid transit route from the A11 to the Cambridge Biomedical Campus and a new park-and-ride site near the A11/A505 – received the most support (64 percent) from people who responded to the consultation.

High-quality cycling and walking routes are also included in the proposals for strategy one, which would be delivered in phase two of the CSETS scheme. Respondents said strategy one was the most likely to encourage them to leave their car and travel by alternative modes.

The rapid mass transit route can be transitioned into the Cambridge Autonomous Metro scheme being developed by the Mayor and Combined Authority.

Travel safety was a significant concern noted from responses to the consultation which achieved a good range of responses from different groups and communities in the area.

The findings will be put before the Joint Assembly on 20 September and the Executive Board on 11 October for a decision on phase 2. The report will be published this week.

For more information about the Cambridge South East Transport Study visit the project page on the GCP website.