Cambridge Eastern Access Consultation 2020

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The Cambridge Eastern Access project 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.

It is part of the Greater Cambridge Partnership’s transport programme, investing Government funding in a comprehensive package of initiatives to tackle the congestion Greater Cambridge faces now and which will enable it to grow in the future.

The 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 such as walking and cycling.

Following a period of public engagement in the summer of 2020 GCP has developed a number of options to improve transport to the east of Cambridge for those who live 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 options

There are five options that we are seeking feedback on. The options are as follows and it might be that a range of options could be taken forward in order to improve access for all road users. Maps can be found under the maps sections on this page and in the consultation brochure:

  • Option A1: Newmarket Road improvements – this could include bus lanes, cycle lanes and improved facilities for pedestrians.
  • Option A2: Newmarket Road Improvements + Park & Ride Relocation - this could include bus lanes, cycle lanes and improved facilities for pedestrians, equestrians and people using scooters as well as relocating the Newmarket Road Park & Ride site further out of the city
  • Option B1: High Quality Public Transport Route via Coldhams Lane – this could include an off road route for public transport vehicles connecting to the city via Coldham’s Lane
  • Option B2: High quality Public Transport Route via the Tins – this could include an off road route for public transport vehicles connecting to the city via the Tins
  • Option B3: Long Term Rail Opportunity – this could include new and reopened stations as well as a more frequent train service.

The options are split into two phases, with Options A1 and A2 being more achievable in the shorter period and the remaining three options, B1, B2 and B3, needing longer timescales.

We want to hear from anyone who lives in, works in,or travels to or from the area to the east of Cambridge as part of this consultation.

The feedback we receive will be analysed before being submitted to our Joint Assembly for consideration and to our Executive Board to inform any decision on how to move forward.

There will, however, be further engagement before any final decisions are made.

You can share your thoughts with us by filling in the survey.

Covid-19

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 situation we are not holding face-to-face events as part of this consultation.

Contact information

We recognise that not everyone will want to respond to the consultation online and people can contact us to request a paper copy of the survey:

Telephone: 01223 699906

The consultation closes at midday on Friday 18 December 2020.



The Cambridge Eastern Access project 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.

It is part of the Greater Cambridge Partnership’s transport programme, investing Government funding in a comprehensive package of initiatives to tackle the congestion Greater Cambridge faces now and which will enable it to grow in the future.

The 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 such as walking and cycling.

Following a period of public engagement in the summer of 2020 GCP has developed a number of options to improve transport to the east of Cambridge for those who live 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 options

There are five options that we are seeking feedback on. The options are as follows and it might be that a range of options could be taken forward in order to improve access for all road users. Maps can be found under the maps sections on this page and in the consultation brochure:

  • Option A1: Newmarket Road improvements – this could include bus lanes, cycle lanes and improved facilities for pedestrians.
  • Option A2: Newmarket Road Improvements + Park & Ride Relocation - this could include bus lanes, cycle lanes and improved facilities for pedestrians, equestrians and people using scooters as well as relocating the Newmarket Road Park & Ride site further out of the city
  • Option B1: High Quality Public Transport Route via Coldhams Lane – this could include an off road route for public transport vehicles connecting to the city via Coldham’s Lane
  • Option B2: High quality Public Transport Route via the Tins – this could include an off road route for public transport vehicles connecting to the city via the Tins
  • Option B3: Long Term Rail Opportunity – this could include new and reopened stations as well as a more frequent train service.

The options are split into two phases, with Options A1 and A2 being more achievable in the shorter period and the remaining three options, B1, B2 and B3, needing longer timescales.

We want to hear from anyone who lives in, works in,or travels to or from the area to the east of Cambridge as part of this consultation.

The feedback we receive will be analysed before being submitted to our Joint Assembly for consideration and to our Executive Board to inform any decision on how to move forward.

There will, however, be further engagement before any final decisions are made.

You can share your thoughts with us by filling in the survey.

Covid-19

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 situation we are not holding face-to-face events as part of this consultation.

Contact information

We recognise that not everyone will want to respond to the consultation online and people can contact us to request a paper copy of the survey:

Telephone: 01223 699906

The consultation closes at midday on Friday 18 December 2020.