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Stronger partnership for 2017 - City Deal

Published: Friday, January 13, 2017

The Greater Cambridge City Deal has announced further plans to strengthen the local partnership and keep it match fit as work steps up.

Interim Chief Executive Rachel Stopard will lead the changes, starting with recruitment later this month of a dedicated City Deal Transport Director.

The senior transport expert will be responsible for delivery of the City Deal’s ambitious transport programme all aimed at accommodating a huge increase in journeys as the area continues to grow.

They will lead a newly formed and dedicated City Deal transport team, primarily from existing staff, continuing to work closely with colleagues to aid delivery of transport improvements across the county.

At the same time, the voice of business is set to be bolstered with recruitment by the Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) of a dedicated City Deal Executive. The LEP representative will work to enhance business engagement and influence in local decision-making.

Cllr Lewis Herbert, Chair of the City Deal Executive Board, said: “We have achieved much in the first two years thanks to hard work so far, however additional leadership and a focused transport team will ensure we can tackle Cambridge’s transport challenges with determination and innovation, as well as stepping up delivery on our affordable housing and skills priorities.

“Under the interim leadership of Rachel, changes now will put us in a good place to deliver both existing and new, bigger and more ambitious projects, which will come with the next phase of funding, as well as further opportunities brought about by devolution and the new east-west national transport projects. The City Deal will be an even better and stronger local partnership in 2017.

Work on schemes so far - which include bus and cycling priority schemes on key routes, extra Park and Rides and plans to curb congestion - have been managed by staff at Cambridgeshire County Council, splitting their time between City Deal and county projects.

The reorganisation will be implemented over the coming months and follows an external review of transport resource in autumn 2016 commissioned by the City Deal Programme Director.

Staff working on the City Deal programme have been informed of the plans.