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Our consultation on a Rural Travel Hub at Oakington closed on Monday 7 January 2019. Thank you to everyone who took the time to share their views with us.

The GCP Board has decided to consider further potential alternative locations for the proposed Rural Travel Hub at Oakington and a further report will be brought back to a future meeting of the Joint Assembly and Executive Board.

Rural Travel Hubs are small flexible transport interchanges at key locations in South Cambridgeshire, allowing more people to access sustainable transport networks.

They aim to reduce the levels of private car journeys between Cambridge and the surrounding villages by providing sustainable transport options and enabling connections between neighbouring villages and towns.

We want to nurture strong and vibrant communities across Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire by connecting people and promoting greener, cleaner travel.

Objectives and Benefits of Rural Travel Hubs

  • Enhancing accessibility to, from and within Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire.
  • Ensuring good transport links between new and existing communities, and the jobs and services people wish to access.
  • Prioritising sustainable alternatives to the car and reducing the impacts of congestion on sustainable modes of transport.
  • Encouraging healthy and active travel, supporting improved wellbeing.

Background and Timeline

Summer 2016 - All parish councils in South Cambridgeshire contacted and asked for feedback on potential locations for a Rural Travel Hub. Twelve sites were identified by the parishes.

Spring 2017 – The Greater Cambridge Partnership (GCP) Executive Board agreed to conduct a feasibility study to investigate the 12 potential sites put forward by the parish councils, followed by an initial workshop for councillors in September 2017.

Spring 2018 - A feasibility study was published, with recommendations for pilot Rural Travel Hubs in Oakington, Sawston and Whittlesford. The GCP Executive Board agreed to progress Oakington and Sawston, with Whittlesford undergoing a Masterplanning Exercise to understand all local transport issues.

Summer 2018 - Initial engagement with Oakington, Sawston and surrounding villages to gather feedback on potential pilot Rural Travel Hubs for these communities.

Autumn 2018 - Public consultation on options for a Rural Travel Hub in Oakington. Further work undertaken on potential locations for a Rural Travel Hub in Sawston.

Spring 2019 - Greater Cambridge Partnership Executive Board reviewed consultation results and decided next steps


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 Greater Cambridge Partnership Executive Board also agreed to fund 200 additional cycle parking spaces at Whittlesford Parkway station.

The master planning exercise is currently researching the 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 Stage 1 Baseline Report is available to view and it highlights the current situation in the area surrounding Whittlesford Parking Station and identifying a long list of options.

The Stage 2 Report, which contains a shortlist of potential transport infrastructure projects, has been published in December 2018. Comments on this report were sought in January 2019, to inform reports to the GCP Executive Board and Joint Assembly. 

Comments on this report are still welcome, and can be emailed to us at

A  wider engagement process is being planned for later in the year.

Frequently asked questions

It is envisaged that the proposals and results of the Oakington Rural Travel Hub consultation are taken to the GCP Executive Board for a decision in March 2019.

If approved, a planning application for a Rural Travel Hub could be submitted in summer, with construction starting in 2020.

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.

Sawston was originally identified as a location for a pilot Rural Travel Hub. However, public feedback received during the engagement this summer suggested that there may be better locations for the Hub. We are currently investigation alternative locations for a Rural Travel Hub in Sawston.

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.


Oakington Rural Travel Hub Consultation Report

  • pdf
  • 2.20 MB

Published on 15 Feb 2019

RTH Sawston Feasibility Report v3

  • pdf
  • 7.61 MB

Published on 15 Feb 2019

Whittlesford Parkway Stage Two Report - Final

  • pdf
  • 6.06 MB

Published on 19 Dec 2018

Whittlesford Workshop Presentation - 3 July 2018

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  • 7.82 MB

Published on 05 Jul 2018

Rural Travel Hubs Feasibility Study 30-11-17

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  • 2.58 MB

Published on 02 Jan 2018

Rural Travel Hubs Presentation - 06 09 2017

  • pdf
  • 2.38 MB

Published on 14 Sep 2017

Engagement on Rural Travel Hubs December 2016

  • pdf
  • 4.83 MB

Published on 27 Jun 2017

RTH Brief v0 5 2 FINAL 200617

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  • 451.00 KB

Published on 08 Feb 2018

Research Team Engagement Report

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  • 823.62 KB

Published on 12 Nov 2018