Waterbeach to Cambridge


Update 22 June 2021

The report for the Waterbeach to Cambridge 2020 Winter consultation has now been published and can be found in the document section at the bottom of this page. 

The link to watch the latest North Area place based engagement public meeting, including an update on Waterbeach can be found here. The presentation used at the meeting can be found in the documents section at the bottom of this page. 

The papers for the July 1st GCP executive board have now been published and can be found by clicking here

Update 28 May 2021

The GCP Joint Assembly have considered the feedback from the Waterbeach to Cambridge public consultation that ran in late 2020 and the Strategic Outline Business Case (SOBC) at its meeting on 10 June 2021.

The papers for the Joint Assembly have been published and are available here

The main points are as follows:

  • The SOBC shows that there is a is a strong case for a new high-quality, segregated public transport route between Waterbeach new town and Cambridge.
  • Such a route would: -
    • deliver a significantly better service than just enhancing on-road bus service provision.
    • provide faster and more reliable journeys by public transport
    • link with or provide new infrastructure to support active travel in this corridor.
  • There is stakeholder and wider public support for the development of this proposed new infrastructure

Project Summary

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.

Key Benefits/Goals

  • Segregated high quality public transport options;
  • On road public transport priority options including bus lanes;
  • 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.
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Current Status

The Waterbeach to Cambridge project team are preparing a report on the latest consultation.

Latest Update

The initial consultation for this project has closed.

A report will be submitted to Joint Assembly and Executive detailing the responses and results.

Project Details

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.

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.

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.


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Waterbeach to Cambridge report v3

Published on 24 Jun 2021

2021-06-01 - Northern Area Meeting PDF

Published on 22 Jun 2021

W2C WNEC Engagement Report

Published on 08 Oct 2020

W2C Stakeholder Briefing Notes 02-09-2020

Published on 02 Oct 2020

W2C Stakeholder workshop November 2019

Published on 08 Oct 2020

18-01-05 Ely to Cambridge Baseline Audit Report 1.0

Published on 17 Dec 2020

2018-02-15 Do Min Report 2.0

Published on 17 Dec 2020

2018-02-15 Ely-Cambridge Strand 2 Waterbeach 1.0

Published on 17 Dec 2020

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