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.
Phase 2 Environmental Impact Assessment consultation
The consultation as part of the Environmental Impact Assessment is now closed. Thanks to everyone for their feedback. Your views will shape the Environmental Impact Assessment for the scheme, which is planned to be submitted to Secretary of State for Transport as part of the Transport and Works Act Order Application in Summer 2021.
The findings of the consultation can be viewed in the 2021 document section on the project's background page.
Archaeological and ground investigations
Archaeological and ground investigation works have now commenced for the proposed public transport route and will continue over the coming months. These works are taking place along the length of the preferred route from the proposed Travel Hub site near the A11 to Cambridge Biomedical Campus. These works involve the excavation of shallow trenches, some trial pits and shallow boreholes. All the works will be backfilled as soon as the required information has been collected. The information being collected is needed to inform the environmental impact assessment and the designs of the scheme.
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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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 currently being undertaken. 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 later in Summer 2021. This would be followed by a public inquiry 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:
- Granham's Road junction - construction is planned to start in early 2021 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 2021 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.