CAMBRIDGE EASTERN ACCESS
Update 28 May 2021
The GCP Joint Assembly is due to consider the feedback from the Cambridge Eastern Access public consultation that ran in late 2020 and the Strategic Outline Business Case (SOBC) at its meeting on 10 June 2021.
The papers for the Joint Assembly have been published and are available at https://cambridgeshire.cmis.uk.com/ccc_live/Meetings/tabid/70/ctl/ViewMeetingPublic/mid/397/Meeting/1566/Committee/36/Default.aspx
The main points are as follows:
- The SOBC shows that there is a strategic case for improvements to transport into and around Cambridge from the east, most significantly along the Newmarket Road.
- The Cambridge Eastern Access project would improve access to Cambridge from the east for journeys by public transport, cycling and walking.
- There is stakeholder and wider public support for measures to improve access to Cambridge from the east, particularly on Newmarket Road, for journeys by public transport, cycling and walking.
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 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, were at an early stage and we wanted to find out what people thought about them.
The public consultation ran for eight weeks from 26 October to midday on Friday 18 December. Information about the consultation 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 and consideration of other forms of active travel such as horse riders;
- 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.