The Cambridge South East Transport project is a priority for the Greater Cambridge Partnership, creating a vital link to ease congestion, offer sustainable travel choices, connect communities and support growth.
The Cambridge South East Transport project aims to provide better public transport, walking and cycling options for those who travel in the A1307 and A1301 area, improving journey times and linking communities and employment sites in the area south east of Cambridge.
Phase 2 - Update June 2022
The Executive Board approved the scheme to proceed to the next stage at their meeting on 1 July 2021.
Since then, proposals for a retirement village in Stapleford have been approved on appeal by the Government’s Planning Inspectorate. This means we need to amend the bus route and the location of the Stapleford bus stop to avoid the new retirement village.
This route change is being presented to the Joint Assembly at their meeting on 9 June and to the Executive Board on 30 June. More details on these changes can be found the Joint Assembly papers from page 74. Detailed maps can also be downloaded from the document section on the project's background page.
Phase 1 - A1307 - Hildersham Crossroads works
Work on safety improvements on the A1307 Hildersham Crossroads started in February 2022, and will last for about 6 months. The improved junction with include new lanes for traffic turning from the A1307 into Pampisford Road and Hildersham High Street as well as traffic lights to help pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders cross the A1307. More information on the improvements and traffic management can be found in the briefing note below.
Phase 1 - A1307 - Linton Greenway works
Work on widening and improving the active travel path along the A1307 between Cambridge and Linton is also ongoing. Construction is currently taking place between Babraham Road Park and Ride and the Hinton Way roundabout.
Phase 1 - Babraham Road Park & Ride expansion
Following public engagement on extending and enhancing Babraham Road Park & Ride last year, we are pleased to confirm that the planning application for this scheme has been submitted for consideration to Cambridgeshire County Council as the local planning authority.
You can view the planning application documents at https://planning.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?keyVal=QRK77SDYKTB00&activeTab=summary
The proposals include:
- 159 new car parking spaces, an addition to the existing 1458 spaces, to help reduce the number of car journeys into Cambridge;
- a new footpath from the Park & Ride site to the A1307;
- a landscaping scheme that supports biodiversity.
Benefits - Cambridge South East Transport
The proposals will provide additional capacity for the growth of journeys to, from and around Cambridge from the south east."
BENEFITS OF THE PROJECT
The project will:
- Cut congestion
- Improve air quality
- Provide faster and more reliable transport routes into Cambridge and to employment sites
- Link villages together
- Improve junction safety through highway improvements
- Provide high-quality walking and cycling facilities
The Cambridge South East Transport project is made up of two phases.
Phase 1 looks at road safety, walking, cycling and bus priority measures along the A1307 between Haverhill and Cambridge. Some of these elements are low cost and do not require extra land, as they are within the highway, or planning consent. These can be completed quickly. Please see the A1307 route map below for locations of these schemes. More information on the Phase 1 elements of the scheme can be found on the background page.
A continuous shared-use path for pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders is planned from Cambridge to Linton and will form part of the Linton Greenway. More information on Greenways is available on the Greenways project page.
Phase 2 of the scheme involves a new public transport route from the A11 via Sawston and Shelford to the Cambridge Biomedical Campus. Alongside this new public transport route will be a new path for walkers, cyclists and horse riders, similar to the one along the existing guided busways.
The proposals also include a new travel hub near the A11/A1307 junction. This travel hub would be in addition to the existing Babraham Road Park & Ride.
More details on the project are on the project's background page.
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We are now in the process of preparing a Transport and Works Act Order application. This is planned to be submitted to the Secretary of State for Transport in 2023.
A public inquiry is expected to follow before any construction would start.
Implementation of road safety, junction, walking, cycling and horse riding improvements along the A1307 is underway and schemes are scheduled to be completed over the next year. Works to be carried out include:
- Linton Greenway - walking cycling and Horse riding improvements between Cambridge and Linton,
- safety improvements at the Gog Farm Shop/Haverhill Road junction in Stapleford,
- Hildersham crossroads - a new crossing for pedestrians, cyclists and equestrians,
- new roundabout at Bartlow Road in Linton,
- safety improvements at the Dean Road crossroads.
LOCAL LIAISON FORUMS
Local Liaison Forums provide for regular dialogue between the project team and members of the local community during the course of any major transport project, ensuring interested parties are kept informed and can continue to have their say outside of formal consultation processes.
LLFs are chaired by local councillors and are open to the public.
More information and papers can be found on the Cambridge South East LLF page.