The Cambourne to Cambridge Public Transport Route is a priority project for the Greater Cambridge Partnership (GCP) and a first phase of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority’s plans for a Cambridgeshire Autonomous Metro (CAM).
A new reliable, public transport route will ease congestion, create sustainable travel choices, connect communities and support growth.
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.
My target is to get in and out of central Cambridge in the fastest possible manner during peak hours - driver and frequent A428 user
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 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
The Cambourne to Cambridge public transport route is a first phase of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority’s plans for a wider, regional metro network – the Cambridgeshire Autonomous Metro (CAM).
The route is made up of three key elements:
The route is divided into two sections serving the new Park & Ride site:
Phase 1 - from the Madingley Mulch roundabout to Cambridge - a key area of congestion.
Phase 2 – linking the route west of Madingley Mulch roundabout to Bourn Airfield.
From the proposed housing development at Bourn Airfield, the route continues into Cambourne using existing roads.
Early 2020 - Complete Cambourne to Cambridge route presented to GCP Executive Board for final decision and to apply for powers to build the scheme
2020 - 2021/22 - Statutory consents process & Final Business Case for the scheme presented to GCP Executive Board
2024 Scheme completion
Timescales are indicative and dependent on approvals.
Public consultation – View open and completed informal public consultation information.
Public meetings and events
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. The LLF is open to the public and all are welcome to attend. View event information for the Cambourne to Cambridge Local Liaison Forum.
GCP runs lots of community events to share updates and gather views, particularly during consultations. GCP Assembly and Executive Board meetings are also open to the public and for public questions. Find out about upcoming events.