Strategy to transform A1307 between Haverhill and Cambridge set to be adopted
A strategy to transform the A1307 between Haverhill and Cambridge is set to be adopted – generating up to £320 million in economic benefits.
The scheme was supported by 1,064 people out of 1,914 who responded to a public consultation on three options for a revamp of the route, which is needed to deal with the region’s growth.
The £130-£145 million strategy would create a new dedicated Mass Rapid Transit route between the A11 and the Cambridge Biomedical Campus via Sawston, Stapleford and Great Shelford with onward connection to the city centre.
There would also be a newpark and ride near the A505/A11 interchange.
A report to the Greater Cambridge Partnership Executive Board said that while the strategy is ‘the most strongly supported’, it is ‘also the most costlyoption and the one with the greatest environmental impact’.
However, it ‘generates a significantly higher economic benefit’ and is the ‘only solution that presents the potential of a segregated route for mass transit that is close to population centres and with potential for future expansion to Haverhill’.
A business case noted that parts of the road network were ‘already at capacity at peak-times’ and ‘if no action is taken to deal with estimatedgrowth, journey times are predicted to increase by around 50 per cent’.
Meanwhile, the ‘poorer operation of the roads is likely to worsen accident clusters, which could lead to an increased number of fatalities on high speed sections’.
The Executive Board is recommended to adopt the strategy when it meets on Thursday, October 11.
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