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.
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:
The Greater Cambridge Partnership will aim to:
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.