You live in Fenland but work in Cambridge? Here's your chance to have a say on improving your journey
PUBLISHED: 16:30 17 September 2016
Hundreds of people from Fenland travel to work in Cambridge each day and now's the chance for them to have their say on improving their journey.
Traffic statistics show over 51,230 workers travel into Cambridge each day, including 1,003 people who commute from Fenland.
Greater Cambridge City Deal - a local partnership working to secure further economic growth - is seeking feedback on its proposals to ease gridlock in Cambridge and improve peak-time journeys for thousands of people travelling in and out of the city.
Tackling congestion in the city, together with wider investment in public transport, Park & Ride, cycling and walking, aims to give Cambridge commuters greater choice in how they travel, with more options and quicker services for those who choose to travel by rail, bus, bike or on foot.
Over 237,000 postcards are being distributed to market towns in Cambridgeshire and bordering counties to encourage people to have their say on the eight-point plan, and how it will affect them – wherever they live.
Councillor Lewis Herbert, Leader of Cambridge City Council and Chair of the City Deal Executive Board, said: “Thousands of people travel into Cambridge to work, study or enjoy the city. They contribute to the economy and help make it the unique city that it is.
“Many either choose or have no option but to live outside Cambridge and to travel by car and we want to give people more choice in how they commute by making it nicer, quicker and even cheaper to travel using other means of transport. Congestion is a major barrier to this, which is why plans to reduce it are bold ones.”
The package of measures to tackle congestion includes:
•Better public transport with plans for more bus services and affordable fares
•Traffic management to remove general traffic from key bus routes in the city, providing quicker journeys.
•Further investment in Park & Rides sites, including potential new sites
•Further service improvements such as more express buses from market towns.
•Camera-enforced ‘virtual road closures’ on some of the city’s most congested roads during morning and evening rush-hour, Monday to Friday.
The aim of the package is to reduce and maintain lower traffic levels and make it easier for city residents and commuters to travel in, out and around Cambridge now and in years to come. It forms part of a wider strategy to ensure people can continue to commute easily between home, work or study, as more people and businesses move to the area.
To have your say:
•Visit www.gccitydeal.co.uk/congestion and complete the survey online
•Search for gccitydeal on Facebook and Twitter
•Pick up a leaflet at local libraries or 330 community hubs across the area
•Go along to a public exhibition - dates and venues are listed on the website
•Book a call with a member of the project team on 01223 699906
EDITOR’S NOTE: Travel statistics taken from Commuting Patterns in the United Kingdom, 2011 Census. https://www.nomisweb.co.uk/census/2011/WU03UK/chart/1132462140