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.
The villages of Oakington and Sawston have been put forward as potential sites for a Rural Travel Hubs. We will be engaging with the community this summer to find out their needs and to gather feedback.
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 spring 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 and liaised with 10 parish councils to understand the requirements of a Rural Travel Hub and the best locations for pilot sites.
In winter 2018, the feasibility study was published recommending the villages of Whittlesford, Oakington and Sawston as the best locations for a pilot Rural Travel Hub.
The subsequent meeting of the Greater Cambridge Partnership recommended that the business cases for Rural Travel Hubs in Oakington and Sawston be worked up with community feedback.
Due to planned developments in Whittlesford, the Executive Board agreed to a Master Transport Plan for the village, a pilot Rural Travel Hub in Whittlesford will be progressed as part of this work.
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 to summer 2018 – Phase 2 (Ongoing): Developing the designs of the identified rural travel hubs alongside local communities.
Autumn 2018 – Consultation on Rural Travel Hubs in Oakington and Sawston and results of Master Transport Plan.
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.
WHITTLESFORD TRANSPORT MASTER PLANNING EXERCISE
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Whittlesford was initially identified as a potential site for a pilot Rural Travel Hub in the Feasibility Study report, published in January 2018.
Due to the number of planned developments in the area, the Greater Cambridge Partnership Executive Board recommended a master planning exercise be undertaken for the village.
The master planning exercise will research the current and future developments around the train station at Whittlesford Parkway and any required transport interventions to mitigate growth in the area. It will also look into understanding the needs of residents, commuters and key stakeholders.
The Greater Cambridge Partnership Executive Board also agreed to fund 200 additional cycle parking spaces at Whittlesford Parkway station.
SUMMER ENGAGEMENT EVENTS
Come and find out about the proposals and feedback at the following events:
|29 May||4pm-7pm||Oakington Pavilion, Queens Way, CB24 3AW|
|03 June||1pm-4pm||Sawston Village Fete, Spicers Field, CB22 3DG|
|13 June||6pm-8pm||Sawston Free Church, 3 High Street, CB22 3BG|
|21 June||1pm-4pm||Crossways Communitea Cafe, 1 Longstanton Road, Oakington, CB24 3BG|
|30 June||12-5pm||Oakington Village Day, Recreation Ground, Queens Way, CB24 3AW|
|3 July||From 11.30am||Sawston Neighbourhood Plan meeting, Sawston Parish Council, Link Road, CB22 3GB|
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.
Due to the bespoke nature of each Rural Travel Hub, we require detailed feedback on every aspect of the scheme. This includes location and features of a Rural Travel Hub, such as CCTV, toilets, lighting, surfacing, covered or lockable cycle parking, passenger waiting shelters, real-time information and public transport links.
Oakington – The report discussed a possible hub near Station Road and adjacent to the Guided Busway route, and contemplates secure cycle parking and cycle lockers, 41 car parking spaces and a bus turnaround stop for the Citi 6 service alongside a drop off area.
Sawston - The report discusses a possible hub to the north of Sawston, close to the junction of the A1301 and Cambridge Road, which would connect residents to Great Shelford rail station, several bus routes (Citi 7, 7a, 132) and the National Cycle Network 11 path. It contemplates 50 car parking spaces, new sheltered bus stops, secure cycle parking with cycle lockers and a drop off facility.
Whittlesford - The report discusses a possible site to the south of Royston Road, around 650m to the west of Whittlesford railway station, which would connect residents with Whittlesford Railway Station, buses served by Citi 7 and 7a routes, and the National Cycle Network 11 path.
It contemplates an additional 208 car parking spaces with 12 disabled bay and secure cycle parking and lockers.
The location and features of the pilot Rural Travel Hubs has not been decided and will be working with the community to gather feedback this summer.