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Transport plans for CBC to be presented to committee

Published: Friday, September 7, 2018

Residents living in communities near the Cambridge Biomedical Campus (CBC) can hear more about future transport plans for the area at a public meeting on Monday.

The Greater Cambridge Partnership (GCP) and Cambridgeshire County Council (CCC) will present their plans to reduce congestion and improve public transport, cycling and walking journeys, at the City’s South Area Committee at St John the Evangelist Church in Hills Road.

People will also have the chance to speak to transport officers before the meeting at a drop-in exhibition in the venue foyer between 6pm and 7pm.

The GCP and CCC item follows presentations by James Palmer, the Mayor for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, and Cllr Lewis Herbert, leader of Cambridge City Council and GCP Chair.

Peter Blake, GCP’s Transport Director, will present alongside Jeremy Smith, the county council’s Group Manager for Transport Strategy and Funding, to provide an update on the wider transport strategy and schemes including Cambridge South Station, controlled parking and plans for increasing Park & Ride capacity.

They will also discuss proposals for new public transport routes and services, and dedicated cycling and walking routes to service CBC and communities.

Peter Blake said: “We know this area is already a pinch point for traffic at peak times and we look forward to meeting and speaking with councillors and residents to update them on the range of plans to provide better transport links for more people in this part of the city.

“We’ll be available to answer questions and people can drop in to the centre beforehand to chat to our transport officers.”

an image of construction work undertaken in the Cambridge Biomedical campus. The image shows the concrete structure of a large building under constructions, with two large cranes overhead, against a blue sky. In the foreground. a smaller structure is being built, with porta cabins and purple site fencing/hoardings around the construction site.

The Greater Cambridge Partnership has plans to introduce more regular community meetings across Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire, providing updates and the chance for discussion on the long-term vision and range of plans for each area.

The proposal will be discussed at forthcoming meetings of the GCP’s Joint Assembly and Executive Board in September and October respectively, with a report due to be published next week.

Beth Durham, GCP’s Head of Communications, said: “GCP investment was secured to bring long-term benefits – including jobs and housing – and quality of life to Greater Cambridge.

“It’s important we provide opportunity for local residents and business to hear more about what this means for where they live or work, how schemes fit together as part of a wide strategy and the chance to shape schemes in their area.

“Public meetings complement our other engagement channels and we’ll soon be launching a new service providing updates via email.”

The agenda for Monday’s South Area Committee meeting can be found on the Cambridge City Council website.