Cambridge Eastern Access

As the delivery body for the Greater Cambridge City Deal, the Greater Cambridge Partnership (GCP) is investing in solutions to tackle current and future transport problems by offering better and more sustainable ways to make journeys by public transport, cycling and walking.

Investment in infrastructure is well underway to create new and improved public transport routes along four corridors identified as essential to connect growing communities to employment hubs across the city, linking Cambourne (Cambourne to Cambridge) as well as Babraham Research Campus and Granta Park (Cambridge South East), Waterbeach and the Cambridge Eastern Access corridor via Newmarket Road.

GCP’s corridor projects form an integral part of delivery of the CPCA’s Cambridgeshire Autonomous Metro (CAM) scheme, part of a network of regional routes planned for delivery by 2024.

The Cambridge Eastern Access corridor provides the main access into the city from the east and consists of the A1134/A1303 Newmarket Road between Quy Interchange and Elizabeth Way and connects with the main Strategic Road Network at A14 Junction 35. Newmarket Road Park & Ride is located approximately 500m west of the junction with Airport Way and is accessed off the A1303.

It suffers considerably from congestion during peak times, particularly at the Cambridge end including Newmarket Road causing delays, disruption and worsening problems for an existing infrastructure that cannot support future growth.

As we emerge from COVID-19 restrictions and communities continue to recover and grow in line with the area’s Local Plan, sustainable transport options will be vital to access work, study and other opportunities the city has to offer – whether using public transport, cycling or walking.

Sites of planned or potential large development in the area include the Wing development and land north of Cherry Hinton. There are other significant potential developments in the the area.

The Cambridge Eastern Access project team is considering options for improvements to infrastructure to ensure that planned employment and housing growth can be accommodated without increasing levels of traffic in Cambridge. These options are being developed from a number of studies, including:

  • Cambridge East Transport Strategy (November 2006)
  • Eastern Gate Development Framework Supplementary Planning Guidance (2011); and;
  • Transport and Cambridge Transport Innovation Fund Study (2006)

Features being considered include:

  • Segregated high quality public transport options;
  • On road public transport priority options including bus lanes;
  • Integration with the CAM;
  • Connections for sustainable modes across and between existing commercial properties and developments as well as to, from and between new developments;
  • Additional or relocated Park & Ride / interchange capacity;
  • Cycle and pedestrian links including both strategic and local options as and consideration of other forms of active travel such as horseriders;
  • Measures to physically integrate into other City Deal proposals such as the Chisholm Trail and the Horningsea, Bottisham and Swaffhams Greenways;
  • Co-ordination with GCP’s City Access project in and around the city centre, and building on the recommendations of the Greater Cambridge Citizens' Assembly, the GCP is developing measures to step-up sustainable transport connections running through Cambridge’s historic heart.

As part of this work, the GCP wants to engage with and gather input from stakeholders and local communities.

Considering input from stakeholders, a shortlist of those options which are assessed to best meet the project’s objectives will be identified and presented as part of an Options Appraisal Report to the GCP Executive Board in the autumn.

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