Rural Travel Hubs are bespoke rural transport interchanges to connect residents in South Cambridgeshire with public transport and cycling/walking routes.
Rural Travel Hubs aim to reduce the levels of private car journeys into Cambridge from the surrounding villages by providing sustainable transport options and also provide connections between neighbouring villages and towns.
A recent feasibility study recommends piloting Rural Travel Hubs in the following villages: Oakington, Sawston and Whittlesford.
The Feasibility Study defined a Rural Travel Hub as: “a transport facility that serves as an interchange, close to existing transport corridors (that are served by a reliable and relatively frequent public transport service), where residents in rural areas can walk, cycle or drive to and continue their onward journey using a sustainable mode of travel”.
Key features of a Rural Travel Hub:
By connecting people and promoting greener, cleaner travel, we want to nurture strong and vibrant communities across Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire.
In summer 2016, all Parish Councils in South Cambridgeshire were contacted for initial feedback on Rural Travel Hubs.
In March 2017, the Greater Cambridge City Deal Executive Board agreed to a feasibility study of Rural Travel Hubs in South Cambridgeshire. A feasibility study was commissioned by working with 10 parish councils to understand the requirements of a Rural Travel Hub and the best locations for pilot sites.
The feasibility study recommends three villages to undertake a pilot of a Rural Travel Hub: Whittlesford, Oakington and Sawston.
Spring to autumn 2017 – Phase 1 (Complete): Undertaking a feasibility study to determine two locations in South Cambridgeshire that would be suitable for pilot sites to test the concept of a Rural Travel Hub.
Winter 2018 – Phase 2 (tbc): Developing the designs of the identified hubs alongside local communities. The Greater Cambridge Partnership Executive Board will decide the next steps of the project in the February 2018 meeting.
Further phases will include the construction of the Rural Travel Hub pilot sites and evaluation of their success. Following this, it is our ambition to establish multiple Rural Travel Hubs in South Cambridgeshire.
A master planning exercise will be commissioned by Cambridgeshire County Council in 2018 to understand the potential developments and Whittlesford Train Station – a pilot Rural Travel Hub in Whittlesford will be progressed as part of this work.
Phase 2 of the Rural Travel Hubs project will provide details of the construction and operation of the pilot sites. Once this phase has completed an accurate estimate of construction completion dates will be provided
The length of time the pilots will be monitored for will be determined in Phase 2 of the Rural Travel Hubs project. However, once the pilot has finished, the sites will continue to operate, providing access to public transport, walking and cycling routes into the city.
The Greater Cambridge Partnership Executive Board allocated a budget of £100,000 in March 2017 to complete the feasibility study. Further funding for the project and next steps will be decided at the Executive Board meeting in February 2018.
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A master planning exercise is a new project in its early stages that will look at an area in a holistic way and determine the most effective transport interventions to solve any issues.
During the feasibility study, the issue of increased traffic in villages surrounding the travel hubs was raised. The sites have been designed with the optimum number of parking spaces and not attract too many vehicles from surrounding areas that do not currently travel along the route the hub is located at.
Phase 2 will evaluate in detail the impact the Rural Travel Hubs will have on the environment. Any environmental impacts will be mitigated against as much as possible.