What is the Transport Strategy for Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire?
The Transport Strategy for Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire (TSCSC) was adopted by Cambridgeshire County Council on 4 March 2014 and ensures that local councils plan together for sustainable growth and continued economic prosperity in the area.
It is predicted that approximately 44,000 new jobs and 33,000 new homes will be created in Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire by 2031. The strategy will provide a plan to cope with the rising population and increase in demand on our travel network by shifting people from cars to other means of travel including cycling, walking and public transport.
This strategy has two main roles:
- It provides a detailed policy framework and programme of schemes for the area, addressing current problems, and is consistent with the Cambridgeshire Local Transport Plan 2011-26. It is part of how the Council manages and develops the local transport network of the County as a whole
- It supports the Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire Local Plans, and takes account of future levels of growth in the area. It details the transport infrastructure and services necessary to deliver this growth
The strategy contains details of the major schemes proposed in the short, medium and longer term. The programme will be regularly reviewed given the extent of growth and development in the area.
What the Strategy does
- States the Council's aim for more journeys to be made by bus, train, bike and on foot so that traffic levels aren't increased.
- Extra capacity for traffic to travel round the outskirts of Cambridge, so that road space into and across the city can be prioritised for buses, cyclists and pedestrians
- Additional Park and Ride options on the fringes of Cambridge, to reduce the amount of unnecessary traffic travelling through the city
- Ensuring public transport, cycling and walking are the best ways of getting around and across the area, since they will be quicker and more convenient than by car
- Reducing car traffic by using a variety of techniques, which may mean limiting the available road space for cars
- Enabling people to use public transport for at least some of their journey into Cambridge or surrounding towns, by creating a frequent, quality service across major routes
- Developing local transport solutions with communities, which link to public transport along key routes
What we are doing in Cambridge
- Encourage more people to walk, cycle and use public transport for journeys into, out of and within the city
- Promote bus routes that connect key economic hubs and link to the new train station at Cambridge Science Park Railway Station
- Persuade more people to car share
- Prioritise pedestrian, cycle and bus trips across the city and make these methods of transport more convenient than using a car
- Maintain general traffic at current levels
What we are doing in South Cambridgeshire
- Ensuring that main transport routes into Cambridge have good, high-quality public transport
- Linking villages with public transport along busy transport routes
- Enabling more people to walk and cycle and ensure cycle networks are more joined up
- Encouraging more people to car share
- Supporting more locally led transport solutions in remote areas where conventional bus services are not viable
For more information please see the following documents:
Further information about major transport infrastructure projects in Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire can be found on the Greater Cambridge City Deal website.