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Existing ‘Uni 4’ bus journeys are timetabled to take 32 minutes between Junction 13/Madingley Road and Addenbrooke’s Hospital. In comparison, journeys along an on M11 bus link would take approximately 18/19 minutes and on an off M11 bus link to either the East or West approximately 15/16 minutes.

This map and key, below as well as other documents, are available in the Document Library.

On M11 bus link

  • Bus link along existing M11. Buses interact with general traffic. Priority for buses at existing junctions
  • Two general traffic lanes would remain in each direction
  • Changes to the M11 require Highways England permission
  • No cycling link between Junctions 11 and 13
  • £9m estimated cost

Off M11 bus link

  • Journeys take approximately 15/16 minutes on link either to east or west
  • Uncongested bus link with no interaction with general traffic
  • Close to M11 but motorway remains largely unaffected
  • Cycleway alongside bus link between Junctions 11 and 13
  • £30m estimated cost

 During consultation four prospective options were suggested. These are outline below with more detailed information about each option available via the Document Library.

Option A

A new Park & Ride to the west of the M11 Junction 11 (Trumpington) and north of the A10 linking buses and cycles to the Busway. The approximate cost is £3.5m. Benefits of this option include:

  • more Park & Ride spaces at Trumpington
  • improved access to Park & Ride facilities at Trumpington especially for northbound M11 traffic and from the A10.

Option B

This option includes the bus and cycle improvements suggested in Option A as well as a Park & Cycle site at Junction 12 and cycling improvements on Barton Road. No bus improvements are put forward for Barton Road as forecasts suggest it would be faster and easier to continue on the bus to Trumpington. The approximate cost is £7.5m. Benefits of this option include:

  • benefits outlined in Option A
  • better provision for cyclists along Barton Road encouraging more people to cycle for the last part of their journey in order to help reduce congestion
  • park & Cycle east of M11 would be a shorter distance to cycle to some areas of the city centre than from Trumpington Park & Ride site
  • Barton Road cycle improvements would connect to any ‘orbital’ cycle link, which would provide a direct off-road route to housing and employment areas.

Option C

This option includes the bus and cycle improvements in Option A as well as a Park & Ride (including cycling facilities) at Junction 12. Buses travelling along or close to the M11 would stop at this new Park & Ride site. There are no bus or cycle improvements on Barton Road. The approximate cost is £6.5m. Benefits of this option include:

  • benefits outlined in Option A
  • providing a Park & Ride option for those travelling along the A603/B1046, which gives people the option to travel by bus along a less congested route into the city centre and between housing and employment sites
  • providing a Park & Ride option for southbound M11 motor traffic, which cannot access the existing Madingley Rise Park & Ride.

Option D

This option includes bus and cycle improvements in Option A and Option C as well as cycle improvements on Barton Road. No bus improvements are suggested for Barton Road. The approximate cost is £7.5m.Benefits of this option include:

  • benefits outlined in Options A and C
  • Barton Road cycle improvements would connect to any ‘orbital’ cycle link, which would provide a direct off-road route to housing and employment areas.

Park & Ride

The existing Cambridgeshire County Council-owned Trumpington Park & Ride site is approaching capacity. Additional spaces will be needed at or near this site in the near future. A location for an additional Park & Ride site at Junction 11 (Trumpington) has already been identified next to the M11 and the A10 on the Hauxton side of the motorway.

A location for any Park & Ride or Park & Cycle at Junction 12 (Barton) on either side of the road would need to be established.

The existing Park & Ride on Madingley Road is on land leased from the University of Cambridge. This lease will expire in less than 20 years. New Park & Ride sites are being considered as part of the Cambourne to Cambridge project.

Environment

Any bus link near the M11 and new Park & Ride sites would impact the local environment.

A number of environmental constraints have been identified and are mapped in the Western Orbital Constraints Maps 1 and 2 available in the Document Library.

An Ordnance Survey map has been used as the base map over which environmental constraints have been identified and placed. Information relating to Cambridge City Council and South Cambridgeshire District Council’s Local Plan designations has not been mapped and is available on their websites. 

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