Residents are being asked by Cambridgeshire County Council their views on major transport plans as proposals go on show to the public.
A consultation has been launched this week on proposals put together to show what improvements may be needed to Cambridgeshireâ€™s transport system over the next few decades. The transport proposals are to support planned housing growth and to allow the local economy to continue to grow and prosper.
The strategy aims to improve accessibility, reduce congestion and improve health by giving people more transport choice.
There are ambitious growth plans across Cambridgeshire, with around 72,500 new homes expected to be built by 2031/6. The County Council has worked closely with district and neighbouring authorities to produce the draft transport Strategy to support these areas and keep Cambridgeshire moving.
Consultation events will be held at the following times and venues;
|Thursday 5 June||4-6.30pm||Pathfinder House, Civic Suite, St Maryâ€™s Street, Huntingdon, PE29 3TN|
|Saturday 7 June||10.30am-4.30pm||Bike Life 2014, Swavesey Village College, Gibraltar Lane, Swavesey, CB24 4RS|
|Tuesday 10 June||3-6.30pm||Wisbech Library, Ely Place, Wisbech, PE13 1EU |
|Wednesday 11 June||3-7pm||The Lamb Hotel, 2 Lynn Road, Ely, CB7 4EJ |
|Tuesday 17 June||3-7pm||Tesco, Sandown Road, Wisbech, PE14 0SL|
|Wednesday 18 June||3-7pm|| Sainsburyâ€™s, St Germain Walk, Huntingdon, PE29 3FG |
|Thursday 19 June||10.30am-2.30pm||Central Library Lobby, 7 Lion Yard, Grand arcade, Cambridge, CB2 3QD|
|Friday 20 June||10am-2pm||Wisbech Market |
|Friday 27 June||3-6.30pm||Godmanchester Community Primary School, Park Lane, Godmanchester, PE29 2AG|
Some of the highlights of the Long Term Transport Strategy (LTTS) include proposals for;
capacity improvements on the A10.Also suggested is a new rail station for Soham and capacity and frequency improvements on the rail network, including better links between March and Wisbech.
Bus priority measures on the A1307, A428 and A1303 and proposals for additional park and ride capacity
A high quality bus network along the A1123 between St Ives and Huntingdon and connecting key growth locations to key employment locations, and including a potential new link road between Hartford and Godmanchester,
A more comprehensive network of cycling and walking links to and from key destinations around the county.
The Strategy looks to the long term and includes proposals needed to provide capacity for future growth in the transport network. These include proposals for capacity improvements on the A428 between Caxton Gibbet and the Black Cat, and A47 capacity improvements as well as exploring the potential for reinstating a rail service between March to Wisbech.
Also on show will be more detailed draft market town strategies for Wisbech and Huntingdon and Godmanchester. These include a raft of improvements for walking, cycling, buses and motor traffic and views are welcome on these. Just some of the proposals for the areas are listed below.
Huntingdon and Godmanchester
â€¢ New or improved cycle routes in to the centre of town
â€¢ Consideration of a new bus station for Houghton and Wyton
â€¢ Traffic calming for West Street and Cambridge Street
â€¢ A new rail station and new bus services for Alconbury Weald
â€¢ A technical study of options for a new link road or river crossing in the town
â€¢ Improvements to traffic management/signals on Cromwell Road, Churchill Road and Lynn Road
â€¢ Investigating options to improve Horsefair Bus Station
â€¢ Walking and cycling improvements around the town
A scoping survey will also be available for the Transport Strategy for East Cambridgeshire for those who would like to comment on the transport issues they currently have in the area. This will help to inform a proposed Strategy for this area.
Dearbhla Lawson, Head of Transport and Infrastructure Policy and Funding said: â€œThe economy of Cambridgeshire is vital to the national economy. Therefore, an effective, sustainable transport network is vital for the prosperity of Cambridgeshire and the UK. The Strategy, as part of the Local Transport Plan, sets out the key transport requirements needed to enhance accessibility, facilitate growth and the Countyâ€™s continued economic prosperity. As well as improvements to rail, bus, walking and cycling, a key ambition is to improve accessibility on the strategic network and address constraints on the A14, A428, A10 and A47.
â€œThe Draft Long Term Transport Strategy has been developed by the County Council together with the local authorities of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Joint Strategic Planning and Transport Member Group, to sit alongside the Local Plans to identify improvements needed to facilitate growth and encourage efficient traffic flow.