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.
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.
Phase 2 - Update July 2021
The Executive Board approved the scheme to proceed to the next stage at their meeting on 1 July.
A Transport and Works Act Order application is planned to be submitted to the Secretary of State for Transport in winter 2021/22.
Archaeological and ground investigations
Archaeological and ground investigation works have now been completed with further monitoring taking place over the coming months. The information is being collected as part of the Environmental Impact Assessment and will feed into the design of the scheme.
Phase 1 - A1307 - Linton Greenway works
Work is ongoing on improving the active travel path along the A1307.
- Worts' Causeway junction improvement works are ongoing and include new traffic lights, removal of central island, realigning of kerbs and resurfacing the road.
- The A1307 will be closed between Addenbrooke’s Roundabout and Granham’s Road overnight (8pm to 6am) for four weekday nights. The closure is required to enable resurfacing works to be carried out efficiently. An overnight closure minimises disruption to traffic. Access to properties, for emergency services, buses and active travel path users will be maintained at all times. An official diversion route will be signposted via A1307 – A11 – A505 – A1301 Sawston to Great Shelford – Trumpington – A1134 Long Road
- Copley Hill area active travel path widening and improvement works are almost completed.
Please see the briefing notes below for further information and traffic management for any of the above works.
Phase 1 - Babraham Road Park & Ride expansion
Following public engagement on extending and enhancing Babraham Road Park & Ride last September, we are pleased to confirm that the planning application for this scheme has been submitted for consideration to Cambridgeshire County Council as the local planning authority.
You can view the planning application documents at https://planning.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?keyVal=QRK77SDYKTB00&activeTab=summary
The proposals include:
- 159 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;
- a landscaping scheme that supports biodiversity.
Benefits - Cambridge South East Transport
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
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. More information on the Phase 1 elements of the scheme can be found on the background page.
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.
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.
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The Executive Board approved the scheme to proceed to the next stage at their meeting on 1 July 2021.
An application is planned to be submitted to the Secretary of State for Transport under the Transport and Works Act Order in winter 2021/22.
This would be followed by a public inquiry next summer before construction could start in 2023 at the earliest.
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:
- Hildersham crossroads - construction is planned to start in late 2021/early 2022 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 late 2021 between the Addenbrooke's roundabout and Babraham Road Park & Ride.
Future works planned 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.