City Access is a package of eight measures to tackle congestion within Cambridge by the creation of a transport system that meets the needs of our growing, vibrant city. It plans to achieve a reduction in peak-time traffic levels in Cambridge by 10-15% by 2031.
It aims to help more people get into, out of and around the city by sustainable means, offer better alternatives to travel by car and boost economic growth and quality of life.
The City Access package of eight measures are:
We will ease congestion and prioritise sustainable and active travel, making it easier for people to travel by bus, rail, cycle or on foot.
The benefits of the City Access package are:
We will develop a better and greener transport network for Greater Cambridge that keeps people, business and ideas connected, as the area continues to grow.
We will encourage continued growth in cycling
We will improve the quality and reliability of public transport in, through and around Cambridge.
We will reduced pollution and allow for cleaner air in Cambridge
We will reduce congestion and better use the limited road space by prioritising greener transport on the routes that are the most congested.
The City Access team are now working up the detail of the eight point plan
1. Cycling provision
The City Access team will continue to work with partners on improving cycling routes, facilities and parking.
2. Improved public space and air quality
In recognition of the strong public support for addressing air quality, we will research options for establishing a Clean Air Zone in Cambridge.
3. Better bus services and expanded use of Park & Ride
By working closely with bus operators, we will review and improve the bus network, including pricing, Park & Ride sites and ticketing, to speed up bus journeys and make them more reliable.
4. Travel planning
We will work with Travel for Cambridgeshire in supporting employers to adopt sustainable policies and practices for commuter travelling.
5. Smart technology
Work will continue with Smart Cambridge to harness emerging technologies to find smart ways to tackle urban challenges, such as transport, air quality, energy and health care.
6. Traffic management
Options are currently being researched to tackle congestion within the city centre and improve sustainable transport.
7. A Workplace Parking Levy
We will work closely with employers to develop and co-design a practical and effective Workplace Parking Levy scheme that works for businesses and organisations.
8. On-street parking controls (including Controlled Parking Zones)
We are actively supporting partners, including the Cambridge City Joint Area Committee (CJAC) to manage on-street parking in city residential areas.
Residents, businesses and commuters are welcome to get involved with City Access.
Find out more on the get involved page.
The City Access programme has been allocated approximately £10m to reduce congestion within the city.
The budget will be reviewed as detailed measures are agreed.
A. City Access is a package of eight measures to improve public transport, cycling and walking in central Cambridge and create capacity in the city centre road network.
We aim to make travel by bus, bike and foot quicker and more reliable in the city centre.
We are currently considering implementation of a range of measures to improve connectivity and manage growing congestion.
Congestion charging is not ruled out as a future option, but our current focus is on finding alternative measures to manage traffic as a first step.
A. Plans to close certain roads at peak times within central Cambridge, known as Peak-Time Congestion Control Points (PCCPs) are no longer being progressed. An alternative range of measures to manage traffic is currently being worked up.
A. Car traffic in and around Cambridge would continue to grow, choking off access to the city and people’s ability to travel around it, making journey times much longer and less reliable. Ultimately this could drive jobs away, as businesses can’t operate when there is that much uncertainty. We’re expecting there to be 30% growth in journeys in 2031 compared to 2011 if we don’t do anything. With congestion already acting as a brake on the area’s fortunes, this could make it a less attractive place to live, work and do business.
A. Businesses are growing, the population is rapidly rising and there is ever increasing demand for housing, bringing about an increase in traffic on the city’s roads. The road network was never intended to cope with the numbers of vehicles we now see and this is leading to gridlock – people’s journey times are longer, buses can’t run on time, businesses lose money and it can be an unpleasant environment for people who cycle, walk, live and make a living in the city.
We want to support the opportunities and prosperity that continued growth will bring by making sure that Cambridge keeps moving and people can commute in and out quickly, easily and reliably.
The key to this is getting people out of their cars and on to buses, bikes and travelling by foot. By doing so, we can reduce the impact of congestion and allow a lot more people to travel reliably around the area, whilst reducing the problems caused by congestion to those who need to drive.