Drawing on ideas from Cambridgeshire's existing transport strategies (which were subject to consultation in 2014) and working with interested parties and technical specialists, we identified improvements to bus services and supporting infrastructure as the best way to meet these challenges in this area.
A consultation of newly proposed bus routes and Park & Ride options is now open and will run until 29 January 2018. Head over to the consultation webpage to take part in the online survey and see a full list of events where you can come and talk to us about the proposed improvements.
Helping to connect communities and employment areas
The Cambourne to Cambridge scheme aims to deliver improved, faster and more reliable bus services, together with
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
The proposed scheme is made up of three key elements:
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.
The Cambourne to Cambridge project is currently allocated a budget of around £59 million.
The budget will be reviewed as detailed measures are determined.
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.
Morrisons in Cambourne
View along the street to Cambourne Church
Cambourne Business Park
New housing being built in Cambourne
Congestion on the roads into Cambridge
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 scheme is currently out for public consultation on phase 1 (details on the page above). After which phase 1 options are chosen to take forward, potential further consultation on phase 2 would begin in Autumn 2018. Construction of a new Park & Ride site would aim to have begun by late 2020/early 2021.
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.
Public consultation is currently underway on phase 1 of the scheme (details on the page above) and will end on 22 January 2018. 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.
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.
For the purposes of outline costings for Route C (previously known as Option 3/3a), a busway is assumed, consequently, this is shown in the visualisations and cross-sections in the documents below. However, if this option were taken forward, a range of options would be considered.
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.
Park & Ride sites are operated by Cambridgeshire County Council. The Council has recently proposed removing the £1 parking charge from 2018 onwards, a move supported and partly funded by the GCP Executive Board.
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 chosen. In all options, we would seek to avoid excessive land take and to mitigate
A public consultation on phase 1 on of the project has now started and will run until 22 January 2018. Recommendations will be presented to the Executive Board in July 2018.
Details of the consultation can be found on the page above
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.