CAMBRIDGE EASTERN ACCESS
Project update 26 October 2020
Following the Executive Board’s approval at its meeting on 1 October we are now consulting on a range of options to improve transport to the east of Cambridge.
The Executive Board gave approval to move forward to public consultation following consideration of the draft options and feedback from the public and other stakeholders gathered during the summer of 2020.
The Cambridge Eastern Access Better Public Transport and Active Travel project is part of the Greater Cambridge Partnership’s transport programme, investing devolved City Deal funding in a comprehensive package of initiatives to tackle the congestion Greater Cambridge faces now and enable it to grow in the future.
It is one of four corridor projects that aim to provide better public transport and active travel routes, such as walking and cycling, offering better connections and alternatives to car use for growing communities to the north, south east, east and west of the city.
Following a period of public engagement in the summer of 2020 GCP has developed a number of options to improve transport to the east of Cambridge for those who live in or travel in the area. These options, which include public transport, walking and cycling proposals, are at an early stage and we want to find out what people think about them.
The public consultation will run for eight weeks from 26 October to midday on Friday 18 December. Full details, including how to respond, can be found by visiting www.greatercambridge.org.uk/CEA-Consultation
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.
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.
The Cambridge Eastern Access project team is considering options for improvements to infrastructure to ensure that planned employment and housing growth, such as at the Marleigh development and on land north of Cherry Hinton, 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)
- Transport and Cambridge Transport Innovation Fund Study (2006)
There are a number of features being considered as part of the project:
- Segregated high quality public transport options;
- On road public transport priority options including bus lanes;
- Integration with the CAM;
- 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.
The four schemes form an integral part of delivery of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority’s (CPCA) Cambridgeshire Autonomous Metro (CAM) scheme, part of a network of routes including tunnels under the city of Cambridge.
New routes will be served by modern, electric vehicles to limit air pollution and noise and complemented by travel hubs to encourage park and ride journeys and end-to-end space for active travel options like walking and cycling.