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
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.
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.
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
Public views form an important part
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.
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
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
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.