The Cambridge South East Transport Study aims to provide better public transport, walking and cycling options for those who travel along the A1307 and the A1301, improving journey times, and linking both communities and employment sites in the area to the south east of Cambridge.
Following a decision by the Executive Board on 22 November 2016, we will soon be consulting on three strategies for improving journey times in the area. All three strategies include road safety improvements, a new Park & Ride facility, new and improved walking, cycling and horse riding routes, as well as a rural Travel Hub in Linton. The three strategies are outlined in more detail below.
Cambridge is one of the fastest growing cities in the UK, and with this comes increasing pressure on our transport network. Improvements to the area south east of Cambridge will speed up journey times, reduce congestion, and improve the air quality for those that live, work and commute in the area."
The Greater Cambridge Partnership will be consulting on the three options in the New Year. All three strategies will:
The Greater Cambridge Partnership has identified three strategies which will help deliver faster, more reliable and high-quality public transport options for journeys in the Haverhill to Cambridge area.
All strategies include bus priority, junction improvements, walking and cycling measures and road safety improvements along the A1307 between Haverhill and Cambridge. It is intended to progress these works, subject to consultation as quickly as possible.
Longer term public transport improvements consist of three high-level strategies, these are:
Strategy 1: A new dedicated public transport link from the A11 via Sawston to the Cambridge Biomedical Campus. The most appropriate mode of operation (rail or bus) to be the subject of further consideration and consultation.
Strategy 2: A new dedicated bus-only road from the existing Babraham Road Park & Ride to Cambridge Biomedical Campus and an inbound bus lane from Babraham Research Campus to the Babraham Road Park & Ride site.
Strategy 3: An inbound bus lane along the A1307 from Babraham Research Campus to the Addenbrooke's Hospital Roundabout.
All three strategies include a new Park & Ride site close to the A11.
Your feedback will help with developing the strategies further and to allow the Executive Board to arrive at a preferred strategy to take forward.
Following public consultation in 2016, a range of options for the scheme were presented to the Greater Cambridge Partnership Executive Board and Joint Assembly in March 2017.
Please visit the project's background for more information.
The Cambridge South East Transport Study is currently allocated a budget of around £39 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.
LLFs are chaired by local
More information and papers can be found on the Cambridge South East LLF page.
A - Cambridge is booming. With this international economic success, however, comes the challenges of increasing pressure on our transport network. It is estimated that by 2031 the population of the Greater Cambridge area will have increased by a third from its 2011 levels. If we do nothing, gridlock will result and this economic growth could be forfeited, if companies chose to take their business elsewhere.
The A1307 serves major employment sites and its importance will only grow as these sites, such as the Cambridge Biomedical Campus expand. These developments, as well as the increasing population, will lead to huge increases in traffic unless alternatives such as better bus and cycle facilities are provided.
A - Upgrading the A1307 to a dual carriageway between the A11 and Haverhill is being pursued separately by the A1307 Strategy Board, which is convened by the Haverhill Chamber of Commerce. The Greater Cambridge City Deal is investing £25k in transport modelling, as part of pre-strategic outline business case work.
Dualling of the A1307 to Haverhill would most likely connect to the A11 at Four Went Ways and not continue into Cambridge. It would make driving to Cambridge from Haverhill more attractive. As such it would have little impact on traffic coming into Cambridge, and hence has poor alignment to City Deal objectives to provide sustainable alternatives to car travel into Cambridge.
The City Deal Executive Board in March 2016 discounted dualling the A1307 from Haverhill to the A11 from consideration.
A - Much of the railway line has been built on, or ploughed in to fields; sections of new railway line would be needed to reinstate or bypass these sections. It is not a question of simply re-opening the railway line, the infrastructure in the main part is no longer there.
Reopening the old railway line was discounted as an option by the City Deal Executive Board in March 2016. The cost of this was estimated between £390-650m, which is beyond the City Deal resources. A separate project, Rail Haverhill, exists to consider the case for reinstating rail services in the longer term.
A - A number of options for reducing speed on this section of road have been put forward as part of the City Deal proposals, which include a speed limit review, increased road markings and warning signs, interactive speed signs, and a detailed review of the Dean Road Crossroads, which has historically been an accident cluster site.
We are working closely with the road safety team at Cambridgeshire County Council and Cambridgeshire Constabluary, seeking to achieve a scheme which promotes driver compliance with the speed limit and is self-enforcing.
A - City Deal aims to improve the infrastructure, ease congestion and offer alternative reliable travel options, to make it easier to travel by bus, cycle or on foot into, out of and around Cambridge. The City Deal will invest in enhancing transport infrastructure that makes it easier for people to travel between places of work, and home, using sustainable modes of transport, reduce congestion and support our city region’s connectivity with regional and national transport networks. The Local Transport Plan (LTP), the Transport Strategy for Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire (TSCSC), and the Cambridge and South Cambridge Submitted Local Plans envisage enhanced transport infrastructure by non-car modes to provide sustainable transport links to address this increased demand.
The A1307 is the main route into the city from the southeast of Cambridge. There are already significant congestion issues on this route which will only get worse with planned expansions of the Biomedical Campus and other major development sites. To help ease congestion and offer sustainable alternatives for travel, which will help Cambridge to sustainable economic growth, it is necessary to address the transport issues in this area.
A - The A1307 is closely linked with the City Access project, which aims to ensure better bus and cycle facilities in the centre of Cambridge.
The Cross City Cycling project currently improves the cycleways along Hills Road in Cambridge.
The Greenways project also looks into improving walking, cycling and horse-riding in the area, including a route from Linton into Cambridge. This will integrate with the A1307 proposals.