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City Access - Call for Evidence

In June 2016, the City Deal Executive Board agreed to pursue an eight-point plan to tackle congestion and improve bus, cycle and walking journeys in the city. 

On Monday 11 July 2016, the City Deal commenced a 13 week period of engagement on the proposed package of measures, seeking views and feedback from the public that will shape the final recommendations due to be considered in January 2017. More information about this engagement and the January 2017 papers are available at:


Background papers considered by the Board in July 2016 are published below.

Call for Evidence Report (pdf, 2.4MB)

Long List Report (pdf, 10.6MB)

Short List Report (pdf, 5MB)

The Cambridge Access Study forms part of the City's Deal's wider Tranche One transport programme and considers the conditions and challenges on the transport network in and around Cambridge.

Commencing in 2015,, the aim of the study is to recommend tansformative improvements and interventions to considerably improve access, capacity, and movement to and within the city. It also aims to reduce congestion and delay, and general traffic levels in the city to below current levels. The study also considered opportunities for enhancing the public realm and quality of the environment.

The Cambridge Access Study report (PDF, 8MB), published by the project consultants Mott McDonald in July 2015 outlines the brief and the transport challenges for Cambridge including current travel patterns (by mode of transport), journey time information, traffic flow data, congestion and delay data, and looks at how the transport network performs.

An Options Report (PDF, 2.4MB) by Mott McDonald was subsequently published in June 2016 setting out a range of recommendations and interventions needed over time to manage and accommodate travel demand sustainably, and unlock homes and jobs growth.

Call for Evidence

In November 2015, the City Deal sought to generate further ideas and feedback from the public and experts, locally and from around the country, in a Call for Evidence.

It was an opportunity for individuals to put forward their thoughts on how they believed the congestion issues in Cambridge can be solved.

Written submissions were invited and four public sessions, focussing on different perspectives on the problem and potential solutions, were held. These started with an initial launch event followed by three evidence sessions on Monday 16, Wednesday 18, and Monday 30 November 2015.

The first deadline for written submissions passed on 30th November. 56 written submissions were received by this date. A second deadline for written evidence passed on 31st December. Many interesting and useful representations were received generating thought-provoking debate. The City Deal Executive Board and Assembly would like to thank everyone who took part in the process.

Launch Event

At the 11 November launch event Councillor Lewis Herbert, Executive Board Chair and Councillor Tim Bick, Assembly Chair both gave presentations on transport in and around Cambridge. A presentation was also given by a Council Officer: Bob Menzies, Director of Strategy and Development at Cambridgeshire County Council. These can be found below.

Evidence Sessions

21 people gave evidence at these sessions including 5 invited experts. 11 of these also submitted written evidence.

Call for Evidence 1:
16 November 09:30 – 12:30
Conference Room, Cambridge Central Library, Lion Yard, Cambridge, CB2 3QD

Please see the Call for Evidence Session 1 (pdf, 189 KB) for a list of speakers.

Call for Evidence 2:
18 November 14:00 – 17:00
Swansley Room, South Cambridgeshire Hall, Cambourne, Cambridge, CB23 6EA

Please see the Call for Evidence Session 2 (pdf, 184 KB) for a list of speakers.

Call for Evidence 3:
30 November 09:30 – 12:30
Meadows Community Centre, 1 St Catharine’s Road, Cambridge, CB4 3XJ

Please see the Call for Evidence Session 3 (pdf, 192 KB) for a list of speakers.

Notes of the Call for Evidence Sessions (pdf, 400 KB) along with copies of the power point presentation are available:

Written Evidence

Submissions made to the Call for Evidence received by 30 November 2015 were reported to the Joint Assembly on 17 December 2015. Responses received between 1 and 31 December 2015 will also be considered and included in the report to the Executive Board on 15 January 2016.

Individual Responses (Part 1) (PDF, 10MB)
Individual Responses (Part 2) (PDF, 13MB)
Individual Responses (Part 3) (PDF, 2.5MB)
Organisation Responses (Part 1) (PDF, 12MB)
Organisation Responses (Part 2) (PDF, 16MB)
Organisation Responses (Part 3) (PDF, 11MB)
Additional responses (pdf, 11.4 MB)

Tackling Congestion Workshop

Major traffic generators in the area were invited to a workshop to discuss how they could help to tackle congestion. Two presentations were given to provide background information and to give examples of employer travel plans from elsewhere. Both presentations can be viewed below:

Design Brief

Following discussions at the City Deal Assembly and Executive Board, a Design Guide Brief (PDF, 219KB) has been produced for City Deal projects. This Brief will be discussed by the Executive Board on 9 June. 


The Cambridge Access Study project is currently allocated a budget of around £18 million. The budget will be reviewed as detailed measures are determined.