As the delivery body for the Greater Cambridge City Deal, the Greater Cambridge Partnership (GCP) is investing in solutions to tackle current and future transport problems by offering better and more sustainable ways to make journeys by public transport, cycling and walking.
Investment in infrastructure is well underway to create new, segregated public transport routes along corridors identified as essential to connect growing communities to employment hubs across the city, linking Babraham Research Campus and Granta Park (Cambridge South East) Waterbeach and the East Cambridge Corridor via Newmarket Road.
GCP’s corridor projects form an integral/important part of the CPCA’s Cambridge Autonomous Metro (CAM) scheme, part of a network of regional routes planned for delivery by 2024.
As we emerge from COVID-19 restrictions and communities continue to recover and grow in line with the area’s Local Plan, sustainable transport options will be vital to access work, study and other opportunities the city has to offer – whether using public transport, cycling or walking.
The Waterbeach to Cambridge A10 corridor is one of the key radial routes into Cambridge. The corridor provides the main access into the city from the North East and consists of the single carriageway A10 between Waterbeach and the main Strategic Road Network at Junction 33, Milton Interchange on the A14.
The A10 suffers considerably from congestion during peak times, particularly at the Cambridge end, causing delays, disruption and worsening problems for an existing infrastructure that cannot support future growth.
Sites of planned or potential large development along the corridor, such as Waterbeach New Town and Science Park/ North East Cambridge expansion, will place considerable additional pressure on the corridor. Waterbeach New Town, for instance, is planned to deliver 9,000 new homes.
The A10 corridor is also parallel to the Ely to Cambridge railway line, which like the A10 suffers from significant congestion during peak times. In addition, the Milton Road Park and Ride side is accessible from Junction 33, Milton Interchange on the A14.
The Waterbeach to Cambridge Better Public Transport project is considering options for improvement to infrastructure within the corridor to ensure that planned employment and housing growth can be accommodated without increasing levels of traffic in Cambridge. These have been identified in the A10 Ely to Cambridge Transport Study which identified the need to address additional transport concerns from the Waterbeach New Town development.
Features being considered include -
- Segregated high quality public transport options;
- On road public transport priority options including bus lanes;
- Integration with the CAM;
- Connections for sustainable modes across and between existing commercial properties and developments as well as to, from and between new developments;
- Additional or relocated Park & Ride / interchange capacity;
- Cycle and pedestrian links including both strategic and local options (and consideration of other non-motorised users);
- Measures to physically integrate into other proposals such as the Milton Road project, the Chisholm Trail and the Waterbeach Greenways
- Co-ordination with GCP’s City Access Project – which builds on the recommendations of the Greater Cambridge Citizen’s Assembly to develop measures to step-up sustainable transport connections through Cambridge’s historic heart.
As part of this work, the GCP wants to engage and gather input from stakeholders and local communities. Considering input from stakeholders, a short list of those options which are assessed to best meet the project’s objectives will be identified and presented as part of an Options Appraisal Report to the GCP Executive Board in the Autumn (October 1st).