Is there really enough congestion on the roads to justify this?

People across Cambridge waste extraordinary amounts of time sitting in traffic jams.

As a city and a country, we’ve all become used to the idea that roads don’t flow properly all the time, and usually just grin and bear it. Other countries that have better transport systems, combining quick and cheap public transport together with safe cycle infrastructure, don’t have these kinds of problems because there is more genuine choice. 

In addition, as bus operator Whippet points out, bus reliability is significantly affected by congestion in Cambridge. This discourages people from using buses, putting even more cars on the road. We agree with its assessment that “frequent bus services that are unimpeded across Cambridge will make the city more accessible and an attractive place to live, work and visit.”