Project Summary

The Cambourne to Cambridge (C2C) Better Public Transport Project is one of four corridor schemes that form a key part of the Greater Cambridge Partnership’s (GCP) sustainable transport programme. Through the City Deal, the GCP is delivering a comprehensive programme of sustainable transport projects, working with local authority partners to create a world-class transport network that can meet the needs of the area now and into the future. In May 2020, a Government ‘Gateway review’ hailed the ‘significant success and progress’ the GCP has made since 2015 on ambitious plans ranging from city cycleways to better public transport routes to transform travel for thousands of people

Project Aims


Parts of the current Cambourne to Cambridge road network, in particular the A1303/Madingley Road, suffer heavy traffic congestion at peak times. Without action, by 2031 car trips into the city are set to increase by up to 70%, with already lengthy journey times expected to double.

A new route, bypassing other road traffic, will provide a public transport alternative to avoid congestion and make quicker journeys, with provision for walking and cycling.

The dedicated route will create reliable transport links, running regular, ‘turn up and go’ services operating to high service standards.


Traffic congestion is damaging to the environment, public health and local economy. The Cambourne to Cambridge route will create sustainable travel choices, be served by modern public transport vehicles, designed to limit emissions and pollution, with additional walking and cycling provision.


Local Plans for Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire Local Plan propose new housing in towns and villages to the west of the city. Between 2011 and 2031, there are a planned additional 8,000 new homes set for development in the Cambourne to Cambridge area and 44,000 new jobs to be created in or around the city.

A new transport link running regular, quality services will provide a vital connection for growing communities to access jobs, services and other opportunities


GCP’s sustainable corridor schemes are complemented by travel hubs to encourage park and ride journeys and end-to-end walking, cycling and horse riding to create a continuous link to the city from growing villages and towns and to create additional capacity for growing numbers of cyclists.

The schemes are intended to be served by modern, electric public transport vehicles to limit air pollution and noise and to be adaptable over time to developing transport technology in future vehicles.

There is a commitment to deliver a minimum of 10% biodiversity net gain for the scheme overall, with the objective of achieving 20% gain. Project officers continue to work with local communities to limit and mitigate environmental impacts, wherever possible. Wherever possible trees and shrubs will be retained and replanted and mitigation measures such as planting flower measures can be considered to enhance biodiversity.

Once the preferred scheme is agreed by the Executive Board, the project would progress to undertake a full Environmental Impact Assessment, Transport Assessment, and Road Safety Audit with further opportunities to engage in consultation.

A significant number of environmental surveys and assessments have been undertaken and are available on the Cambourne to Cambridge project background page, covering wildlife habitats along the route for animals including reptiles, bats, breeding and wintering birds, badgers, barn owls, reptiles, water voles and invertebrates and initial air quality assessments.


The route is made up of three key elements:

  • A public transport route between Cambourne and Cambridge, providing reliable and sustainable services bypassing general traffic congestion.
  • A new travel hub site off the A428/A1303.
  • New cycling and walking facilities.