Have your say on proposed new transport links between the A1307 and Cambridge Biomedical Campus
A public consultation has this week been launched to garner opinion on a set of proposals to improve transport links from the A1307 to the Cambridge Biomedical Campus.
The Cambridge South East Transport – Better Public Transport Project Public Consultation 2019 began on Monday and closes at midday on November 4.
It is being carried out by the Greater Cambridge Partnership (GCP) and consists of three main elements:
n A new travel hub near the A11/A1307/A505, to give more opportunity for sustainable travel in addition to the existing Babraham Road Park & Ride
n A new public transport route between the A11 and the Cambridge Biomedical Campus via Sawston, Stapleford and Great Shelford,
n New walking, cycling and horse riding links.
The GCP said of the proposals: “The project provides better public transport and sustainable options for those who travel in the A1307 and A1301 area, improving journey times and linking communities and employment sites in the area south east of Cambridge and beyond.”
The proposals are the first part of the Cambridge Autonomous Metro, which it is hoped would ultimately extend to Haverhill and take the form of electric, rubber-tyred tram-like vehicles using dedicated, off-road routes to bypass congestion.
The proposed new public transport route would link the Cambridge Biomedical Campus via Great Shelford, Stapleford and Sawston to a new travel hub near the A11/A1307/A505 with connections to Babraham, the Babraham Research Campus and Granta Park.
The route would be entirely off-road, only interacting with other traffic at junctions.
Junctions between existing roads and the new public transport route would be controlled by traffic lights.
A new shared-use path for walkers, cyclists and horse riders, generally 3m wide, would be built alongside the new public transport route. The project is estimated to cost between £110 million and £155 million.
Three potential sites (see map) have been shortlisted for the travel hub location.
Site A is south east of Babraham and traffic from the A1307 would have to access it via the A11 or A505.
Site B is on the direct route into Cambridge from the A1307 and A11 and would be accessed from the A1307 by a new junction.
Site C is north of Little Abington, with access from the A1307 opposite the existing Four Went Ways service station junction, which would be replaced with four-arm roundabout.It would include an additional stop near Babraham to allow for easier access to the Babraham Research Campus and Granta Park but would be more expensive to create because a new bridge would have to built over the A11.
All of the sites proposed in the consultation would have a minimum of 2,000 car and 200 cycle parking spaces.
Following initial public consultation in 2016, and developing further options with community representatives in 2017, a consultation in 2018 put forward shorter-term proposals and three longer-term strategies.
The shorter-term proposals included bus priority, walking and cycling measures and road safety improvements along the A1307 between Haverhill and Cambridge.
The 17 elements of these proposals were supported by the public and construction is under way or have in some cases been completed.
There are a series of consultation events that the public can attend. They are:
n October 10, Haverhill Arts Centre, 5pm to 7pm.
n October 14, Stapleford Pavilion, Gog Magog Way, 5.30pm to 7.30pm.
n October 15, Spicers Pavilion, Sawston, 5.30pm to 7.30pm.
n October 21, The Abington Institute, High Street, Great Abington, 5.30pm to 7.30pm.
It is hoped that the consultation results and route will be presented to the GCP Executive Board in early 2020 for a decision on the preferred option and to prepare for the application to build the scheme.