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P R O J E C T  S U M M A R Y

Traffic management (sometimes referred to as demand management) aims to enable the most efficient use of road space within the city by:

  • reallocating road capacity to improve walking, cycling and bus journey reliability
  • encouraging walking, cycling and public transport use.
  • reducing the number of cross-city movements by car
  • making sure the right traffic is on the right roads

Traffic management is a key part of the City Access eight point  plan to tackle congestion within the city centre.

Blue and Green busway bus on main road next to a green, tree lined, park

To ease congestion, improve air quality and make bus travel quicker and more reliable, we will reallocate limited road space in the city centre.

B E N E F I T S  O F  T H E  P R O J E C T

Benefits of traffic management include:

  • more reliable journey times for public transport
  • reducing the impacts of traffic and congestion on communities
  • improving conditions for walking and cycling
  • improving air quality
  • provide opportunities for improvements to public spaces

There are already over 200,000 cars travelling in and out of the city every day – we urgently need to invest in infrastructure to improve cycle, bus and rail journeys to avoid worsening gridlock.

The Greater Cambridge Partnership is committed to tackling congestion - keeping people, employment and our economy moving - and to maintain Cambridge as a city for people not traffic.

Traffic management measures would reduce congestion in our city centre and increase sustainable transport capacity on our existing travel network. Examples of demand management include one-way streets, bollards, bus priority lanes and cycling and pedestrian infrastructure.

Traffic management infrastructure is currently already in place in Cambridge, including bus lanes, bollards, filtered permeability and one-way streets.

This summer we commissioned Cambridge’s largest ever traffic survey to understand how people travel in, around and out of the city. The data will be used to update our modelling and inform future transport plans.

We’ll be working with stakeholders in the next few months to develop ideas for traffic management options for Cambridge.

View of the city centre pedestrian priority area, with a "no motor vehicles" sign attached to a railing in the foreground, a blue "pedestrian zone" sign on apost behind it, and a cyclist on the carriageway heading into the pedestrian zone

Traffic Management Gallery

Frequently asked questions

A. The concept of six peak-time congestion control points (PCCPs), included in the summer 2016 Tackling Peak-Time Congestion Engagement, is no longer being progressed.

 We are now looking at alternative options for traffic management.

A. The flower petal diagram published by the press earlier in 2017 was a conceptual idea and showed one of the options we are developing for managing general traffic.

We will be working with the public and stakeholders on ideas for traffic management later in the year.

A. Traffic management is already successfully used in Cambridge to reallocate limited road space, including:

  • Bus lanes and enforcement cameras on Newmarket Road.
  • Filtered permeability on the side streets of Mill Road.
  • Bus gates on Regent Street.