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Preferred site for proposed A1307 travel hub chosen

The Greater Cambridge Partnership has confirmed its preferred options for the location of a new travel hub near the A11/A1307 and A505 and a new public transport route between the A11 and Cambridge Biomedical Campus.

The options were chosen following analysis of a public consultation held in late 2019.

Three locations for the travel hub were proposed with the one close to the A11 and A1307, between Great Abington and Babraham and known as Site B, put forward after 46 per cent of survey respondents supported the use of that site.

The map showing the locations for the travel hubs and public transport routes to Cambridge Biomedical Campus
The map showing the locations for the travel hubs and public transport routes to Cambridge Biomedical Campus

The response for each of the three travel hub locations was as follows:

  • 46% of respondents supported ‘Site B’ with 30% opposing it
  • 37% supported ‘Site A’ with 37% opposing it
  • 44% opposed ‘Site C’ and 30 % supported it

The consultation also led to the recommendation of a preferred new public transport route (from a few options proposed) between the A11 and the Cambridge Biomedical Campus being put forward. It would include new walking, cycling and equestrian links.

The route will run parallel to the A1307 and go just east of Stapleford and Great Shelford, ending at the biomedical campus. It is all part of The Cambridge South East Transport project.

There was no majority of support for any of the five routes for accessing the Travel Hub sites:

Respondents were not clear on their support for the ‘Purple route (Site A)’, ‘Pink route (Site B)’, or ‘Brown route (Site B)’

Respondents were opposed to both ‘Site C’ routes (‘Black’ and ‘Blue’ routes)

More details of the proposals can also be found on the 2019 consultation page HERE

After reviewing the consultation feedback and assessing the scheme further, Travel Hub site B and the Brown route are being recommended as the preferred option to the Greater Cambridge Partnership Joint Assembly and Executive Board.

Travel Hub site B is closest to the A11 and A1307 junction, and avoids the need to bridge over the A11.

Consequently it is significantly less costly than Site C. Site A, while less costly, has poorer connectivity to the A11 and is less convenient for Babraham Research Campus.

Since the public consultation, the scheme details have been developed and the project’s Outline Business Case has now been published and can now be viewed on the project pages.

The Outline Business Case makes the case for securing City Deal funding for the delivery of the project.

The findings from the public consultation, recommendations on the preferred route and the Outline Business Case will be presented to the Greater Cambridge Partnership Joint Assembly meeting on June 4 and the Greater Cambridge Partnership Executive Board meeting on June 25 for their consideration

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