GCP Making Connections 2022

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Have your say on proposals for faster, cheaper, more reliable bus services and safer cycling through the introduction of a Sustainable Travel Zone


The proposals

  1. Transforming the bus network: From as early as mid-2023, we’re proposing to transform the bus network through more services to more locations, with cheaper fares set at £1/£2.

  1. Investing in other sustainable travel schemes: Alongside the bus network, we're proposing to invest in new sustainable travel schemes, such as better walking and cycling links.

  1. Creating a Sustainable Travel Zone: We're proposing the introduction of a Sustainable Travel Zone in the form of a road user charge on behalf of Cambridgeshire County Council. Vehicles would be charged for driving within the Zone between 7am and 7pm on weekdays, and money raised would fund improvements to the bus network and other sustainable travel schemes. The Zone would be fully operational in 2027/28 but only once the first bus improvements are introduced.

The proposals will see:

  • Double the hours of service and miles covered of the pre-pandemic Greater Cambridge bus network

  • £1 flat fares for single journeys in the Cambridge bus zone, and £2 fares in the wider area

  • 50% expected reduction of traffic in Cambridge


Proposed future bus network, planner and maps

The proposed transformation of the bus network would provide more routes, for longer hours and higher frequencies for lower fares across the whole region. Find out how you'd be able to travel on the proposed new network using the interactive planner.


  • To use the interactive planner, click on a place. On the right hand side of the screen, you'll see a 'before' and 'after' comparison of services.
  • To see proposed route information, click the box at the bottom right hand side of the screen. Towns and larger villages will have their own route maps – switch between 'before' and 'after' using the grey buttons which appear at the top right.


Find out more

Please review our proposals in detail in our consultation brochure and documents.

From the week commencing 24 October, you can also find paper copies of materials at Cambridgeshire libraries. Copies will be available for inspection at Central Cambridge, Histon, Rock Road, Cherry Hinton and Cambourne libraries. Please see the libraries page for details of locations and opening times.

If you need a hard copy, or would prefer a copy of the brochure and supporting materials in large print, Braille, audio tape or in another language please email consultations@greatercambridge.org.uk or call 01223 699906.

Further supporting documents can also be found on our City Access webpages.


Have your say

Share your feedback by:

  • Completing the survey at the bottom of the page after you have read through the supporting materials. If you are having trouble completing the survey, you can call 01223 699906 for assistance.

  • Attending in-person or online events. Please see key dates section on the right for dates and locations.

  • Emailing consultations@greatercambridge.org.uk

  • Following us on Facebook or Twitter @GreaterCambs and using #GCPMakingConnections

  • Writing to us at Greater Cambridge Partnership, PO Box 1493, Mandela House, 4 Regent Street, Cambridge CB2 1BY

The consultation closes at midday on 23 December 2022.

Have your say on proposals for faster, cheaper, more reliable bus services and safer cycling through the introduction of a Sustainable Travel Zone


The proposals

  1. Transforming the bus network: From as early as mid-2023, we’re proposing to transform the bus network through more services to more locations, with cheaper fares set at £1/£2.

  1. Investing in other sustainable travel schemes: Alongside the bus network, we're proposing to invest in new sustainable travel schemes, such as better walking and cycling links.

  1. Creating a Sustainable Travel Zone: We're proposing the introduction of a Sustainable Travel Zone in the form of a road user charge on behalf of Cambridgeshire County Council. Vehicles would be charged for driving within the Zone between 7am and 7pm on weekdays, and money raised would fund improvements to the bus network and other sustainable travel schemes. The Zone would be fully operational in 2027/28 but only once the first bus improvements are introduced.

The proposals will see:

  • Double the hours of service and miles covered of the pre-pandemic Greater Cambridge bus network

  • £1 flat fares for single journeys in the Cambridge bus zone, and £2 fares in the wider area

  • 50% expected reduction of traffic in Cambridge


Proposed future bus network, planner and maps

The proposed transformation of the bus network would provide more routes, for longer hours and higher frequencies for lower fares across the whole region. Find out how you'd be able to travel on the proposed new network using the interactive planner.


  • To use the interactive planner, click on a place. On the right hand side of the screen, you'll see a 'before' and 'after' comparison of services.
  • To see proposed route information, click the box at the bottom right hand side of the screen. Towns and larger villages will have their own route maps – switch between 'before' and 'after' using the grey buttons which appear at the top right.


Find out more

Please review our proposals in detail in our consultation brochure and documents.

From the week commencing 24 October, you can also find paper copies of materials at Cambridgeshire libraries. Copies will be available for inspection at Central Cambridge, Histon, Rock Road, Cherry Hinton and Cambourne libraries. Please see the libraries page for details of locations and opening times.

If you need a hard copy, or would prefer a copy of the brochure and supporting materials in large print, Braille, audio tape or in another language please email consultations@greatercambridge.org.uk or call 01223 699906.

Further supporting documents can also be found on our City Access webpages.


Have your say

Share your feedback by:

  • Completing the survey at the bottom of the page after you have read through the supporting materials. If you are having trouble completing the survey, you can call 01223 699906 for assistance.

  • Attending in-person or online events. Please see key dates section on the right for dates and locations.

  • Emailing consultations@greatercambridge.org.uk

  • Following us on Facebook or Twitter @GreaterCambs and using #GCPMakingConnections

  • Writing to us at Greater Cambridge Partnership, PO Box 1493, Mandela House, 4 Regent Street, Cambridge CB2 1BY

The consultation closes at midday on 23 December 2022.

  • This consultation is seeking feedback on a proposed package of measures to improve how people travel in Greater Cambridge. Full details of the proposals can be found in the consultation brochure. The proposals involve:

    1. A transformed bus network, offering cheaper fares, new routes, and faster, more frequent and reliable services between 5am and 1am
    2. Lower traffic levels enabling improvements to cycling and walking infrastructure and supporting public realm enhancements
    3. Funding these improvements through a Sustainable Travel Zone. Vehicles would pay to drive in the Zone at certain times. This would also reduce traffic, tackle pollution, emissions and climate change and support improved access to opportunity and health in our communities.    
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