Cambridge South East Transport

PROJECT SUMMARY

The Cambridge South East Transport project is a priority for the Greater Cambridge Partnership, creating a vital link to ease congestion, offer sustainable travel choices, connect communities and support growth. It would form part of the Cambridgeshire Autonomous Metro, providing high-quality, frequent and reliable public transport.

The Cambridge South East Transport project aims to provide better public transport, walking and cycling options for those who travel in the A1307 and A1301 area, improving journey times and linking communities and employment sites in the area south east of Cambridge.

Babraham Road Park & Ride Extension

We are proposing to enhance Babraham Road Park & Ride by adding:

  • over 150 new car parking spaces, an addition to the existing 1458 spaces, to help reduce the number of car journeys into Cambridge;
  • a new footpath from the Park & Ride site to the A1307;
  • solar canopies over the new & existing parking spaces;
  • a landscaping scheme that supports biodiversity.

Please see the general arrangement plan below for details.

Road signs, pointing to A1307 Cambridge (direction left of image), A1307 Haverhill (direction right of image), and Stapleford / Magog Downs (direction towards viewer)
Babraham Rd P&R extension plan
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Published on 10 Sep 2020

Why is an extension of Babraham Road Park & Ride needed?

The Park & Ride site is close to the Cambridge Biomedical Campus (including Addenbrooke’s Hospital) and used by many staff and visitors. Prior to the Covid-19 outbreak Babraham Road Park & Ride regularly reached full capacity, leading to many drivers having to find alternative parking in the city.

The local economy of Cambridge is based around technology and specialist sectors, such as biomedical research. These sectors are continuing to grow and so the need to improve public transport and routes for cycling and walking remains high.

This project - along with all of GCP’s transport schemes - aims to support Greater Cambridge’s recovery from Covid-19. The extension forms part of the wider vision of the Greater Cambridge Partnership to secure sustainable economic growth and improve quality of life for the people of Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire.

If you have any questions about the project or would like to comment on the proposals, please get in touch via contactus@greatercambridge.org.uk by 30 September 2020

Next steps

We will carefully review all feedback received and make any final changes to our proposals. The planning application for this extension is currently scheduled to be submitted later this winter.
We hope that, all going well, construction of the extension could start in next autumn with the additional parking spaces being available to use from spring 2022, subject to a successful planning application.

A1307 works in Babraham

Construction work to upgrade public transport links and improve road safety at the Babraham Research Campus roundabout and the Babraham High Street junction is ongoing and scheduled to be completed in late September. The overnight road works and associated closure have now completed.

Please see below briefing notes for further information and traffic management arrangements.

A1307 Babraham works Briefing Note
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Published on 18 Jun 2020

A1307 Babraham_overnight closure
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Published on 20 Aug 2020

Benefits

The proposals will provide additional capacity for the growth of journeys to, from and around Cambridge from the south east."

BENEFITS OF THE PROJECT

 The project will:

  • Cut congestion
  • Improve air quality
  • Provide faster and more reliable transport routes into Cambridge and to employment sites 
  • Link villages together 
  • Improve junction safety through highway improvements
  • Provide high-quality walking and cycling facilities
Diagram of the scheme aims, as described in the adjacent list

BACKGROUND

The Cambridge South East Transport project is made up of two phases.

Phase 1 looks at road safety, walking, cycling and bus priority measures along the A1307 between Haverhill and Cambridge. Some of these elements are low cost and do not require extra land, as they are within the highway, or planning consent. These can be completed quickly.  Please see the A1307 route map below for locations of these schemes.

A continuous shared-use path for pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders is planned from Cambridge to Linton and will form part of the Linton Greenway. More information on Greenways is available on the Greenways project page.

A1307 Strip Map_double page spread- Overarching point 12 update 10-02-2020

Phase 2 of the scheme involves a new public transport route from the A11 via Sawston and Shelford to the Cambridge Biomedical Campus. Alongside this new public transport route will be a new path for walkers, cyclists and horse riders, similar to the one along the existing guided busways.

The proposals also include a new travel hub near the A11/A1307 junction. This travel hub would be in addition to the existing Babraham Road Park & Ride.

More details on the project are on the project's background page

Phase 2 images

Preferred route option
map showing the preferred route for the new public transport scheme between Cambridge Biomedical Campus and a new travel hub near the A11. The route runs via Great Shelford, Stapleford and Sawston before reaching the travel hub between Babraham and the A11.

Next Steps

Phase 2

Ecological, archaeological and land surveys are being carried out over the next few months to feed into the detailed project development for the proposed public transport route and travel hub.

A full Environmental Impact Assessment of the preferred route with a further phase of consultation is planned for the autumn. The final scheme will then be presented to the Executive Board for decision before an application would be submitted to the Secretary of State for Transport under the Transport and Works Act Order.

Phase 1

Implementation of road safety, junction, walking, cycling and horse riding improvements along the A1307 is underway and schemes are scheduled to be completed over the next two years. Works to be carried out in the current year include:

  • Granham's Road junction - construction is planned to start in late 2020 to provide a right-turn lane from Babraham Road into Granham's Road. The timing of this is dependent on the utility diversions being progressed.
  • Hildersham crossroads - construction is planned to start in late 2020 to provide a crossing for pedestrians, cyclists and equestrians.
  • Babraham Road cycleway (part of Linton Greenway) - construction on widening existing cycleway is planned to start in 2021 between the Addenbrooke's roundabout and Babraham Road Park & Ride. Whilst this is later than originally hoped for, this delay is part of a coordinated approach with County Council's streetworks team to avoid too many roadworks happening at the same time in the same area.

Future works planned for 2021 also include safety improvements at the Gog Farm Shop/Haverhill Road junction in Stapleford, a new roundabout at Bartlow Road in Linton, safety improvements at the Dean Road crossroads and improvements to the cycleway along the A1307 between Babraham Road Park & Ride and Linton, as part of the Linton Greenway.

LOCAL LIAISON FORUMS

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 councillors and are open to the public.

More information and papers can be found on the Cambridge South East LLF page.

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