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Public consultation proposed to tackle congestion between Cambridge and Haverhill

Published: Thursday, 4th February 2016

Public consultation proposed to tackle congestion between Cambridge and Haverhill

 

Public consultation proposed to tackle congestion between Cambridge and Haverhill

With further job growth planned for the corridor between Cambridge and Haverhill, the Greater Cambridge City Deal Executive Board is to discuss the best ways to make travel easier and cut congestion.

Ideas include improved Park & Ride facilities, the ‘Three Campuses’ walking and cycle route plus new Bus Rapid Transport proposals from the A11 Fourwentways junction.

The Assembly on Friday 12 February and the Executive Board meeting on Thursday 3 March will hear more regarding the project and the options for the future. 

 The Board will also consider consulting the public this summer and use this feedback to draw up options.

Councillor Lewis Herbert, Chair of the Greater Cambridge City Deal Executive Board, said: “The money and investment which the Greater Cambridge City Deal is bringing to our area will make a huge difference to the way we travel in and around the city and the county. At our Board meeting in March, we will discuss the practical concepts regarding Park & Ride improvements, new cycling and walking routes and Bus Rapid Transport proposals which will go out to public consultation. These ideas are affordable and would make a huge difference to people’s lives as we continue our efforts to improve the infrastructure and facilities in the Greater Cambridge area.

“Officers had looked at the possibility of reopening the old railway line, introducing a new Bus Rapid Transit route between Cambridge and Haverhill and road improvements such as dualling. However with the cost of these projects estimated in the hundreds of millions of pounds - greatly in excess of the £39m which is currently allocated – the benefits simply do not justify the huge costs.

“While we don’t currently have the resources to fund major rail projects, we are determined to see rail take a bigger share of the travel to work journeys in Greater Cambridge. For example, we met Network Rail and our two MPs recently to press the case for an Addenbrooke’s station as an essential addition and alternative to more car journeys. The Greater Cambridge City Deal is determined to support further radical and innovative rail improvements as part of devolution discussions. This will ensure we use rail as one of the quickest, efficient ways to travel and develop more projects with Network Rail and the train operating companies where railways can make a real difference.”

 

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Notes for editors:

 

The Greater Cambridge City Deal Partnership includes Cambridgeshire County Council, Cambridge City Council and South Cambridgeshire District Council as well as the Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough Enterprise Partnership and Cambridge University. The partners are working closely together to bring forward projects that improve the economic success of the area.

The Greater Cambridge City Deal aims to secure hundreds of millions of pounds of additional funding for investment in transport infrastructure to support high quality economic and housing growth over the coming decades. £100m of funding will be made available in the five years from April 2015. If certain conditions are met, a further £200m will be available from April 2020 onwards and up to a final £200m from April 2025 onwards.

For further information please contact the Communications Team on 01223 699285 or Councillor Lewis Herbert on 07748 536153