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, via a new Park & Ride site.
From the proposed housing development at Bourn Airfield, the route continues into Cambourne using existing roads.
Three options proposed for Phase 1, Madingley Mulch roundabout to central Cambridge, were developed further in response to public consultation. As a result, an optimised, on-road option including both inbound and outbound public transport priority, and an off-road option were assessed to compare benefits and impacts. More detailed information is available in the report and appendices to the Executive Board.
The route selection is driven by a wide assessment of societal, economic and environmental benefits, in addition to transport, considering input from stakeholders through research, consultation and feedback.
Full 2017 consultation results were published on our website in spring 2018. Results showed that 40% of respondents preferred a tidal, on-road public transport lane (B), 33% of respondents preferred the off-road route (C) and 18% preferred the on-road, inbound only route (A). Although not the top-scoring option from 2017 consultation, the off-road route is assessed as top-performing in support of future growth - a primary objective. More analysis and assessment information is available in the report and appendices to the Executive Board.
In October 2018, after a six-month pause to work, an independent report commissioned by the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority confirmed the off-road Phase 1 route as aligned with future plans for a wider, regional metro network – the Cambridgeshire Autonomous Metro (CAM) – operating vehicles that can run both over and underground. More information is available in the report and appendices to the Executive Board.
The GCP proposed alignment runs between the A428/A1303 Madingley Mulch roundabout and Grange Road, via West Cambridge and the former Rifle Range Track, bringing public transport, on a dedicated track, to the closest possible point within central Cambridge, at Grange Road.
Public transport services then continue to the city centre via the established street network, based on passenger demand. Routes serving the railway station, Cambridge Biomedical Campus, Addenbrooke’s Hospital and Cambridge Science Park have been assumed following feedback from public consultation. Work with transport operators will continue as planning progresses.
Options for the off-road, Phase 1 route, shown during the 2017/18 public consultation, were assessed, evaluating transport and planning issues and environmental impacts, to create a recommended route alignment.
|Section||Reasons for this route choice|
|Madingley Mulch to Coton|| |
Lower cost and less disruptive to build.
|Coton Village|| |
Better alignment for a CAM stop to serve Coton.
|West Cambridge and Grange Field|| |
Good accessibility to the West Cambridge development.
|Former Rifle Range Track|| |
Allows for segregated rapid transit infrastructure, providing a quick and reliable route.
Our project team continues to welcome views and contributions from stakeholders throughout development of plans for Phase 1 of the route.
Following consultation on plans for Phase 2, west from Madingley Mulch roundabout to Cambourne, a single end-to-end route option will be presented as part of an Outline Business Case for GCP Executive Board decision, in autumn 2019.