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P R O J E C T  S U M M A R Y

The Cambourne to Cambridge scheme aims to deliver improved, faster and more reliable bus services, together with high quality cycling and walking facilities and a new Park & Ride site, for people travelling into Cambridge from towns and villages to the west.

The project will provide improved public transport links - connecting people to places of employment, study and key services - and help existing and new communities along the A428 grow sustainably in the coming years.

Between now and 2031, 8,800 new homes are planned between Cambridge and St Neots along this route as part of the Local Plans, with 3,500 more houses to the east of St Neots due by 2036.

By providing new travel choices, and as an alternative to the car, the Cambourne to Cambridge scheme will help manage growing congestion on the A428 and ensure people have good access to opportunities in the Cambridge area.

The scheme is ear-marked for completion within the next five to 10 years.

Helping to connect communities and employment areas

B E N E F I T S  O F  T H E  P R O J E C T

Cambourne to Cambridge has the opportunity to connect communities, create new routes for people to use and improve the environment along the A428 and the A1303.

  • Fast, frequent and reliable transport into Cambridge
  • Reduce congestion
  • Cycling and walking improvements
  • Improved air quality
  • Improved quality of life
  • Environmental enhancements
B A C K G R O U N D

The proposed scheme is made up of three key elements:

  • A new bus-only route between Cambourne and Cambridge, providing for faster and more reliable bus services bypassing general traffic congestion.
  • A new Park and Ride site off the A428/A1303.
  • New high-quality cycling and walking facilities along as much of the route as is feasible. 

Improved public transport links on or around the A428 to Cambridge are contained within the Transport Strategy for Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire and support proposed development in this area outlined in the Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire Local Plans.

The Cambourne to Cambridge scheme was prioritised for funding by the Greater Cambridge Partnership (formerly the City Deal) in 2015.

Since then, work has been underway to develop the scheme and explore potential routes for bus-only travel, and sites for a new Park & Ride, within the A428/A1303 area.

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FUNDING

The Cambourne to Cambridge project is currently allocated a budget of around £59 million.

The budget will be reviewed as detailed measures are determined.

L O C A L  L I A I S O N  F O R U M S

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.

The LLF is open to the public and all are welcome to attend.

This LLF is a joint Forum with the Western Orbital transport project.

View the latest information about the Cambourne to Cambridge Local Liaison Forum.

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Watch our video on the latest options for new transport links connecting Cambourne to Cambridge.

Frequently asked questions

Decades of economic success and a rapid increase in population has led to pressure on our roads and public transport. Up to 8,800 new homes and at least 15,000 new jobs are planned along the A428 corridor between St Neots and Cambridge, by 2031. This will generate tens of thousands of extra journeys to and from Cambridge. Without additional sustainable transport solutions, congestion will worsen to gridlock, further impacting on air quality. To support the delivery of much-needed new homes along this route, communities need to have viable transport networks to connect them to key places of employment and services.

The scheme proposed a new busway or bus priority measures between Cambourne and Cambridge to provide faster and more reliable bus journeys, with capacity for many more passengers, than is currently available. This will give people who currently drive from the west into Cambridge, or to nearby employment sites, an attractive public transport alternative from closer to home.

The project also includes provision for a new Park & Ride site as well as new cycling and walking facilities along its length as far as possible.

The existing Madingley Road Park & Ride is due to reach capacity by 2022. New Park & Ride provision is needed as the area continues to grow and attract more businesses. Park & Ride provision further out from Cambridge is needed because there is significant congestion from Madingley Mulch into the city which will only get worse if we do nothing.

The project is in two phases, looking at the route between Madingley Mulch to Cambridge in phase 1 and the route west, and towards Cambourne, in line with the future investment strategy. The current programme would see the whole scheme delivered within the next five to ten years.

Public views form an important part in the development of any new transport scheme and there are a number of ways you can find out more and have your say on the proposals during the lifetime of the scheme.

An initial public consultation was carried out in 2014 and another public consultation will be held in winter 2017.  Public consultation offers everyone the opportunity to have their say on the issues, concerns, constraints, and opportunities provided by the scheme and is part of the ongoing assessment process.

There is on-going engagement with statutory and non-statutory stakeholders and any final specific option will be subject to a statutory public consultation should the GCP Executive Board choose to proceed with the scheme.

A Local Liaison Forum, led by local members, offers closer working between the project team and local community representatives. 

Greater Cambridge is growing and short to medium-term transport improvements are required to manage existing and immediate pressure on the transport network, to keep people, businesses, and our local economy moving.

The Greater Cambridge Partnership is also now looking to long-term solutions and has, jointly with the Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, commissioned an appraisal of the future potential for mass rapid transit solutions to understand what is viable and deliverable for the Cambridge area. Initial findings are anticipated later this year.

However, any longer-term opportunities are likely to be many years away and our economy cannot afford to stand still and that’s why we’re investing in improvements now but ones that could be future-proofed to accommodate any new solution or technology as it emerges.

Any route taken forward would require further detailed assessment, including mitigation works, where appropriate. We would also seek to engage with local and environmental groups to gain their input on any proposals.

The type of bus priority depends on the option that is taken forward. An on-road option would involve a bus lane with cycling and walking facilities, where possible.  If an off-road option is agreed upon, it could look similar to the Cambridge Guided Busway and would be accompanied by 4-metre wide bridleway available to walkers and cyclists.

Segregated continuous cycling and pedestrian infrastructure would be an integral part of the scheme. We aim to provide cycleway provision to a similar standard as that next to the Cambridgeshire Guided Busway. The project would seek to enhance connectivity to existing PROW’s for all active modes. There is an independency with the Comberton Greenways project and the prospect of increasing the length and quality of the walking and cycling network. 

Currently Stagecoach run a half hourly commercial coach service, the X5, directly along the A428, which links Oxford, Milton Keynes, Bedford, St Neots and Cambridge. A local Citi 4 service also runs along the A428/A1303. At this stage there are no specific changes planned as a result of these proposals, however, timetabling is subject to the decisions of the bus operators. The GCP does not have powers in these areas.

Electric buses area a clean, efficient and quieter means of getting from A to B. We are currently working with transport providers to see if this is a viable option for this project and future services around Cambridge. The GCP will set standards for the quality of buses which could be used on any new route. 

The cost of fares is subject to a commercial decision by the bus operating companies. However, the GCP is keen that bus services remain a cost-effective and attractive mode of transport.

Charges for using Cambridgeshire County Council  Park and Ride sites are currently under review. The Executive Board have expressed their opposition to the parking charge at Park & Ride sites.

It is too early in the process to say which land might be affected. Depending on which option goes forward, some land may be required. The exact amount of land needed depends on the route and access to Grange Road chosen. In all options, we would seek to avoid excessive land take and to mitigate impact of any route i.e. introduction of hedge and tree cover. 

Later this month the GCP will look to approve a Public Consultation on specific route alignments and 2 Park & Ride location options.  

Subject to that approval, a public consultation would take place from November to December 2017. Ongoing further business case analysis is being undertaken , with recommendations presented to the Executive Board in July 2018.  

The scheme forms part of a wider strategy to create better and greener transport networks, connecting people – from communities all around- to employment, study, services, and leisure in and around Cambridge. Specifically, it links into the Western Orbital scheme, which aims to connect people travelling to the west to onward journeys to the south of Cambridge, including the Cambridge Biomedical Campus.

The project also links with the City Centre Access project, which aims to improve travel within the city.

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pdf C2C Quick Guide September 2017

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pdf C2C End of Stage Report 01.09.2017

'C2C Better Bus Journeys' Appendix of Executive Board Report September 2017

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pdf C2C End of Stage Appendix A Sep 2017

'Local Plan Objectives' Appendix A to the Executive Board Report Sep 2017

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pdf C2C End of Stage Appendix B Sep 2017

'Stakeholder Workshops' Appendix B to the Executive Board Report Sep 2017

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pdf C2C End of Stage Appendix B1 Sep 2017

'C2C East of M11 Bus Priority Issues Workshop' Appendix B1 to the Executive Board Report Sep 2017

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pdf C2C End of Stage Appendix B2 Sep 2017

'C2C Park & Ride Workshop' Appendix B2 to the Executive Board Report Sep 2017

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pdf C2C End of Stage Appendix B3 Sep 2017

'South Newnham Neighbourhood Forum response to Workshops' Appendix B3 to the Executive Board Report Sep 2017

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pdf C2C End of Stage Appendix C1 Sep 2017

'Bus User Research - Current Guided Busway Users' Appendix C1 to the Executive Board Report Sep 2017

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pdf C2C End of Stage Appendix C2 Sep 2017 (Draft)

'Bus User Research - Potential C2C Bus Users' Appendix C2 to the Executive Board Report Sep 2017

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pdf C2C End of Stage Appendix C2 Sep 2017;'

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pdf C2C End of Stage Appendix D Sep 2017

'Cambourne - Potential Bus Priority' Appendix D to the Executive Board Report Sep 2017

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pdf C2C End of Stage Appendix E Sep 2017

'Cambridge City Centre - Potential Bus Priority' Appendix E to the Executive Board Report Sep 2017

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pdf C2C End of Stage Appendix F Sep 2017

'Multiple Criteria Assessment Framework' Appendix F to the Executive Board Report Sep 2017

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pdf C2C End of Stage Appendix F1 Sep 2017

'Atkins Technical Note - Assessing LLF's Response' Appendix F1 to the Executive Board Report Sep 2017

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pdf C2C End of Stage Appendix G Sep 2017

'CSRM Assumptions' Appendix G to the Executive Board Report Sep 2017

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pdf C2C End of Stage Appendix HUP Sep 2017

'A1303 Corridor VISSIM Model Forecasting and Option Assessment Report' Appendix HUP to the Executive Board Report Sep 2017

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pdf C2C End of Stage Appendix I Sep 2017

'C2C Bus Speed and Journey Time Analysis' Appendix I to the Executive Board Report Sep 2017

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pdf C2C End of Stage Appendix J Sep 2017

'Green Lane Concept' Appendix J to the Executive Board Report Sep 2017

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pdf C2C End of Stage Appendix K1 Sep 2017

'A428 Western Corridor Guided Bus Route Options' Appendix J to the Executive Board Report Sep 2017

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pdf C2C End of Stage Appendix K2 Sep 2017

'A428 Western Corridor Guided Bus Route Option 1' Appendix K2 to the Executive Board Report Sep 2017

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pdf C2C End of Stage Appendix K3 Sep 2017

'A428 Western Corridor Guided Bus Route Option 6' Appendix K3 to the Executive Board Report Sep 2017

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pdf C2C End of Stage Appendix L1A Sep 2017

'Recommended Option - AREA 2 South + AREA 1 South' Appendix L1A to the Executive Board Report Sep 2017

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pdf C2C End of Stage Appendix L1B Sep 2017

'Adopted Planning Policies of Relevance' Appendix L1B to the Executive Board Report Sep 2017

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pdf C2C End of Stage Appendix L1C Sep 2017

'Considerations of Green Belt Issues' Appendix L1C to the Executive Board Report Sep 2017

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pdf C2C End of Stage Appendix L2 Sep 2017

'Protected Species Constraints Survey' Appendix L2 to the Executive Board Report Sep 2017

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pdf C2C End of Stage Appendix L3 Sep 2017

'Atkins Technical Note - Flood Risk Desktop Study' Appendix L3 to the Executive Board Report Sep 2017

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pdf C2C End of Stage Appendix L4 Sep 2017

'Pre-Assessment Report on Heritage Assets within the A428 Cambridge Bus Lanes Study Area' Appendix L4 to the Executive Board Report Sep 2017

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pdf C2C End of Stage Appendix L5 Sep 2017

'Environmental Noise Assessment C2C Options' Appendix L5 to the Executive Board Report Sep 2017

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pdf C2C End of Stage Appendix L6 Sep 2017

'Air Quality' Appendix L6 to the Executive Board Report Sep 2017

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pdf C2C End of Stage Appendix M Sep 2017

'Park & Ride Study' Appendix M to the Executive Board Report Sep 2017

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pdf C2C End of Stage Appendix N1 Sep 2017

'Future Investment Programme - Option 3A Assessment Report' Appendix N1 to the Executive Board Report Sep 2017

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pdf C2C End of Stage Appendix N2 Sep 2017

'Phase 1 - Option 3A Assessment Report' Appendix N2 to the Exectuvie Board Report Sep 2017

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pdf C2C End of Stage Appendix N3 Sep 2017

'Grange Road Access Report' Appendix N3 to the Executive Board Report Sep 2017

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pdf C2C End of Stage Appendix N4A Sep 2017

'Indicative Route Map' Appendix N4A to the Executive Board Report Sep 2017

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pdf C2C End of Stage Appendix N4B Sep 2017

'Indicative Route Map' Appendix N4B to the Executive Board Report Sep 2017

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pdf C2C End of Stage Appendix N4C Sep 2017

'Indicative Route Map' Appendix N4C to the Executive Board Sep 2017

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pdf C2C End of Stage Appendix AR P1 Sep 2017

Adams Road Plan 1 Appendix to the Executive Board Sep 2017

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pdf C2C End of Stage Appendix AR P2 Sep 2017

Adams Road Plan 2 Appendix to the Executive Board Sep 2017

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pdf C2C End of Stage Appendix AR P3 Sep 2017

Adams Road Plan 3 Appendix to the Executive Board Sep 2017

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pdf C2C End of Stage Appendix AR P4 Sep 2017

Adams Road Plan 4 to the Executive Board Sep 2017

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pdf C2C End of Stage Appendix CR P1 Sep 2017

Cranmer Road Plan 1 to the Executive Board Sep 2017

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pdf C2C End of Stage Appendix CR P2 Sep 2017

Cranmer Road Plan 2 to the Executive Board Sep 2017

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pdf C2C End of Stage Appendix CR P3 Sep 2017

Cranmer Road Plan 3 to the Executive Board Sep 2017

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pdf C2C End of Stage Appendix CR P4 Sep 2017

Cranmer Road Plan 4 to the Executive Board Sep 2017

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pdf C2C End of Stage Appendix HR P1 Sep 2017

Herschel Road Plan 1 to the Executive Board Sep 2017

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pdf C2C End of Stage Appendix HR P2 Sep 2017

Herschel Road Plan 2 to the Executive Board Sep 2017

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pdf C2C End of Stage Appendix HR P3 Sep 2017

Herschel Road Plan 3 to the Executive Board Sep 2017

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pdf C2C End of Stage Appendix RR P1 Sep 2017

Rifle Range Plan 1 to the Executive Board Sep 2017

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pdf C2C End of Stage Appendix RR P2 Sep 2017

Rifle Range Plan 2 to the Executive Board Sep 2017

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pdf C2C End of Stage Appendix RR P3 Sep 2017

Rifle Range Plan 3 to the Executive Board Sep 2017

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pdf C2C Quick Guide July 2017

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pdf C2C Executive Board report July 2017

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pdf C2C Appendix 1A July 2017

Appendix 1A to the Executive Board report

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pdf C2C Appendix 1B July 2017

Appendix 1B to the Executive Board report

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pdf C2C Appendix 1C July2017

Appendix 1C to the Executive Board report

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pdf C2C Appendix 2 July 2017

Appendix 2 to the Executive Board report

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pdf C2C Park and Ride Study 07.07.2017

Background paper 1 to the Executive Board report

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pdf C2C Option Assessment report 07.07.2017

Background paper 2 to the Executive Board report

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pdf C2C drawing Option 1 (Eastbound Bus Lane) 07.07.2017

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pdf C2C drawing Option 6 LLF proposal 07.07.2017

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pdf C2C drawing Option A 07.07.2017

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pdf C2C drawing Option B 07.07.2017

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pdf C2C drawing Option C 07.07.2017

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pdf C2C drawing Option D 07.07.2017

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pdf C2C Cambridge University Land Ownership

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pdf C2C Park and Ride Location Study 21.04.2017

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pdf C2C Landscape and Planning Appraisal 01.01.2017

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pdf C2C Topographical Survey Maps 24.11.2016

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pdf C2C Landscape and Planning Appraisal Maps and Pictures 02.11.2016

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pdf C2C The Recommended Option Quick Guide 13.10.2016

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pdf C2C Executive Board Report 13.10.2016

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pdf C2C Options Assessment Report 13.10.2016

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pdf C2C Economic Case 28.09.2016

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pdf C2C Annotated Recommended Option Map 28.09.2016

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pdf C2C Commercial Case 23.09.2016

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pdf C2C Financial Case 21.09.2016

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pdf C2C Delivery Case 21.09.2016

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pdf C2C Strategic Business Case 23.09.2016

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pdf C2C Corridor Option Maps 14.09.2016

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pdf C2C Technical Note Considerations for Corridor Option Plans 01.09.2016

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pdf C2C Strategic Economic Appraisal of A428-A1303 Bus Scheme 02.08.2016

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pdf C2C Technical Note Madingley Road Survey 23.06.2016

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pdf C2C Rectory Farm Bridge Options Report 10.06.2016

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pdf C2C Technical Note Park and Ride Location 03.06.2016

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pdf C2C Draft Interim Report 01.06.2015

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pdf C2C Technical Note Tidal Bus Lane Review 24.05.2016

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pdf C2C Constraints Map 3 04.05.2016

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pdf C2C Constraints Map 2 04.05.2016

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pdf C2C Constraints Map 1 04.05.2016

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pdf C2C Technical Note A428 Alignment Assessment For Modelling 14.04.2016

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pdf C2C Constraints Map 1 22.04.2016

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pdf C2C Technical Note Routes Alignment 14.04.2016

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pdf C2C Executive Board Report 03.03.2016

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pdf C2C Consultation Responses Part 4 03.03.2016

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pdf C2C Consultation Responses Part 3 03.03.2016

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pdf C2C Consultation Responses Part 2 03.03.2016

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pdf C2C Consultation Responses Part 1 03.03.2016

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pdf C2C Consultation Report 01.02.2016

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pdf C2C Technical Note Post-Consultation Activities 25.02.2016

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xlsx C2C Consultation Survey Extract 02.02.2016

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pdf C2C Technical Note Analysis of Consultation Proposals 01.02.2016

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pdf C2C Popular Questions 25.10.2015

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pdf C2C Western Corridor Study Park and Ride Locations 28.09.2015

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pdf C2C Public Transport Journey Times 11.09.2015

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pdf C2C Consultation Leaflet 12.10.2015

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pdf C2C Madingley Road A428 Corridor Study Interim Report 01.06.2015

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pdf C2C Technical Note Use Of Cambridge Road 18.03.2015

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pdf C2C Madingley Road A428 Corridor Study Options Appriasal Report 20.06.2014

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pdf C2C Technical Note Planning Policy Context 02.05.2014

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pdf C2C Western Corridor Study 01.06.2014

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pdf C2C Project Brief 2014

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