Bus service improvements

We will all lose out if the GCP abandons large-scale projects to reduce congestion

The Greater Cambridge Partnership (GCP) intends to substantially reduce the money it spends on projects to cut congestion in Cambridge, and is vastly scaling down its ambition in this area. It plans to cease work under its City Access programme on large-scale, transformative, city-wide projects such as road charging and reclassifying the road network, and …

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Consultation guide: Mayoral precept increase to expand bus services

Name of consultation: Your Say Your Future (Corporate Plan, 2024-25 Medium Term Financial Plan and Mayoral Precept) From: Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority (CPCA) Format: Online survey OR download a printable copy of the survey OR email your views OR request a paper copy (for yourself or on someone’s behalf) by emailing the name and …

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What were the proposals for a Cambridge Sustainable Travel Zone?

From October to December 2022, the Greater Cambridge Partnership (GCP) (the delivery body for the region’s City Deal) held a major consultation on transport in Cambridgeshire, called Making Connections 2022. The consultation centred around proposals to implement a road charge in the form of a Cambridge Sustainable Travel Zone (STZ). The income from the road …

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Statement on the Greater Cambridge Partnership’s decision not to take the Sustainable Travel Zone proposals forward

This statement was released to the press following the 28 September meeting of the Greater Cambridge Partnership (GCP) Executive Board. The politicians who voted against the proposed Sustainable Travel Zone (STZ) road charge today leave a legacy of failure.  The decision not to proceed is a deliberate decision to ignore the damage congestion does to …

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When transformational change was within reach, our local politicians chose not to lead the way 

This statement was released to the press on 6 September. It was published as an opinion piece on CambsNews and featured in an article in the Cambridge Independent [paywall]. Our dreadful transport situation leaves people struggling to access employment, education, healthcare and social activities. For many, it makes everyday life in Cambridge unpleasant, inconvenient and …

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What are the details of the new Sustainable Travel Zone proposals that were announced on 25 August?

On 25 August, the Greater Cambridge Partnership (GCP) announced revisions to its Making Connections scheme, which includes a road charge in the form of a Cambridge Sustainable Travel Zone. Details of the amended package of measures can be found in the Keeping Greater Cambridge Moving brochure published by the GCP. Full details, including an Outline …

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Alliance says new Sustainable Travel Zone proposals are a good start, but warns more revenue is needed for sustainable transport

Initial statement on the revised Making Connections proposals The Cambridgeshire Sustainable Travel Alliance (CSTA) is pleased that the Greater Cambridge Partnership (GCP) has continued to refine the Making Connections proposals and is glad that a revised package of measures has now been announced. We welcome the fact that the GCP has listened to the concerns raised …

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Responding to consultation feedback without reducing funding for sustainable transport

Download the CSTA’s 28 June briefing. The full transformation of bus services and improvements to active travel proposed in Making Connections 2022 are urgently needed. They are supported by at least 70% of consultees and cannot be achieved if the funding generated by the road charge reduces much below the consultation proposal level (£75 million …

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We believe a separate consultation would not be required to alter the hours of operation of the proposed Sustainable Travel Zone (STZ)

We believe, based on the relevant legal principles, that a separate consultation would not be required to alter the hours of operation of the proposed Sustainable Travel Zone (STZ) so that the road charge applies 7 days a week. We set out our argument below: There is no general legal duty on the GCP (or …

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