WATERBEACH TO CAMBRIDGE
Project update 19 October 2020 - the public consultation is now live
At its meeting on 1 October the Executive Board gave approval to move forward to public consultation following consideration of the draft proposals and feedback from the public and other stakeholders gathered during the informal engagement process during summer of 2020.
The Waterbeach to Cambridge Better Public Transport and Active Travel project is part of the Greater Cambridge Partnership’s transport programme, investing devolved City Deal funding in a comprehensive package of initiatives to tackle the congestion Greater Cambridge faces now and enable it to grow in the future.
It is one of four corridor projects that aim to provide better public transport and active travel routes, such as walking and cycling, offering better connections and alternatives to car use for growing communities to the north, south east, east and west of the city.
Following a period of public engagement in the autumn of 2019 and the summer of 2020 GCP has developed a number of options to improve transport to the north of Cambridge for those who live in or travel in the area. These options, which include public transport, walking and cycling proposals, are at an early stage and we want to find out what people think about them.
The public consultation will run for eight weeks from 19 October to midday on Monday 14 December. Full details, including how to respond can be found at the Waterbeach consultation page on ConsultCambs at https://consultcambs.uk.engagementhq.com/w2c-consultation-2020
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.
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 Waterbeach to Cambridge project team is considering options for improvements to infrastructure to ensure that planned employment and housing growth, such as at Waterbeach New Town, can be accommodated without increasing levels of traffic in Cambridge.
There are a number of features being considered as part of the project:
- 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 theGreater Cambridge Citizen’s Assembly to develop measures to step-up sustainable transport connections through Cambridge’s historic heart.
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 four schemes form an integral part of delivery of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority’s (CPCA) Cambridgeshire Autonomous Metro (CAM) scheme, part of a network of routes including tunnels under the city of Cambridge.
New routes will be served by modern, electric vehicles to limit air pollution and noise and complemented by travel hubs to encourage park and ride journeys and end-to-end space for active travel options like walking and cycling.