Creating better and greener transport networks, connecting people to homes, jobs, study and opportunity.
The Greater Cambridge Partnership aims to develop a sustainable transport network for Greater Cambridge that keeps people, business and ideas connected, as the area continues to grow; to make it easy to get into, out of, and around Cambridge by public transport, by bike and on foot.
Through a range of projects, it will create a transport network fit for a small, compact city served by a growing network of rural towns and villages.
WHY IT IS SO IMPORTANT
The strain on roads and public transport is the result of decades of economic success, a rapid increase in population and the city's status as a top travel and tourism destination.
The Greater Cambridge area of Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire is set to grow by up to 30% over the next 15 years – with the population rising by 65,000 to 338,000 by 2031 (from 273,000 in 2011).
Population growth means trips on the transport network will increase by 25,000 by 2031 (from 101,000 in 2011 to 126,000).
If we carry on as we are by 2031:
- traffic in Cambridge will increase by over 30% in the morning peak
- traffic in South Cambridgeshire will increase by almost 40% in the morning peak
- the time spent in congestion will more than double.
The Greater Cambridge Partnership will aim to:
- ease congestion and prioritise greener and active travel, making it easier for people to travel by bus, rail, cycle or on foot to improve average journey time
- keep the Greater Cambridge area well connected to the regional and national transport network, opening up opportunities by working closely with strategic partners
- reallocate limited road space in the city centre and invest public transport (including Park & Ride) to make bus travel quicker and more reliable
- build an extensive network of new cycle-ways, directly connecting people to homes, jobs, study and opportunity, across the city and neighbouring villages
- help make people’s journeys and lives easier by making use of research and investing in cutting-edge technology
- connect Cambridge with strategically important towns and cities by improving our rail stations, supporting the creation of new ones and financing new rail links
The Greater Cambridge Partnership (GCP) is worth up to £500 million in funding for transport infrastructure to boost economic growth.
£100 million of government funding has been made available for transport in the first five years to 2020 – with up to a further £400 million thereafter if initial investments are shown to support economic growth and are on track and within budget.
The Transport Strategy for Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire (TSCSC) is the basis for the GCD transport programme and supports the Local Plans for Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire. It was adopted in 2014, following public consultation and is due to be reviewed from 2019.
PROJECTS AND STRATEGIC ALIGNMENT
The Greater Cambridge Partnership is working to ensure that its projects are aligned with the Combined Authority Interim Mayoral transport Strategy.
Details can be found on our Projects and Strategic Alignment page.