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Bright future for Babraham Road Park & Ride

As a County Council, we’re looking for innovative new ways of using our assets to generate clean energy and reduce our environmental impact while generating revenue for much-needed public services.

As a County Council, we’re looking for innovative new ways of using our assets to generate clean energy and reduce our environmental impact while generating revenue for much-needed public services.

Great Shelford and Stapleford residents and business owners, as well as users of the Babraham Road Park & Ride site, are invited to come and talk to members of the County Council’s Energy Investment Team about a new clean energy project being considered for the site.

With our partner, Bouygues E & S, we’re designing a renewable energy system for the site. The project will install carports above the car parking spaces to support solar panels. An artist’s impression is included below.

These panels will generate clean, renewable electricity to power the site, additional electric vehicle chargers, neighbouring customers and future autonomous vehicles. The project will be underpinned by battery storage which will store green electricity, allowing us to supply power after dark.

We will need to close out some sections of car parking during construction, however there will be no loss of car parking spaces once construction is final.

So far we’ve completed a high-level business case and will be refining that and applying for planning permission in 2019 with construction expected in 2020.

This project could pave the way for public transport to move away from fossil fuels, a known contributor to poor air quality.

The same team has been designing a similar project planned for the St Ives Park & Ride, on the northern end of the Guided Busway.

For more information, members of the team will be available:

  • Thursday 17 January, 5.30pm – 8pm, Babraham Park + Ride
  • Friday 18 January,  2pm – 5pm, Babraham Park + Ride
  • Tuesday 5 February, 6.30pm, Great Shelford Memorial Hall

So please come, meet the team and have your say!

Your input will be vital in shaping the future of the project. If you’re unable to attend, please contact [email protected] with questions or concerns.

More information about all the projects the Energy Investment Team work on can be found here on the MLEI website.


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