How do you get from Cambridge to Haverhill? Here are three proposals.

The Greater Cambridge Partnership (City Deal) is presenting three travel strategies designed to get people in and out of Cambridge more quickly, reliably and in a more sustainable fashion. The route starts at the Biomedical Campus (the Addenbrooke’s site) and runs along the A1307 to Haverhill.

The strategies encompass everything from major new infrastructure such as a new Park & Ride site and rapid mass transport to lower cost improvements to the existing highways.

At our end of the route, the highlights are:

  • a right-turn lane from Babraham Road into Granham’s Road
  • extra covered cycle storage and electric car  charging points at the Babraham Road Park & Ride site
  • a multi-user path between the Biomedical Campus and the Babraham Research Campus, for cyclists, pedestrians and horses
  • a right-turn lane for the Gog Farm Shop entrance, and a staggered junction to replace the crossroads
  • an underpass at Wandlebury to make it easier for walkers to get across the road

More information can be found at www.greatercambridge.org.uk/CambridgeSouthEast. The GPC promises an advertising campaign and leaflets, though they have not materialised yet, despite the fact the first consultation events are this week.

The GPC is running a consultation running until 3rd April. There are various ways to take part, from letter and telephone to social media and the web.

There will be public exhibitions at various locations, including Queen Edith’s:

4-7 p.m., Thursday 15th March, St John’s Church, Hills Road

8-9.30 a.m., Wednesday 21st March, Babrahm Road Park and Ride site

For those unable to make these times and dates, there will be another chance to hear a presentation at the Queen Edith’s Community Forum AGM on Thursday 8th March, also at St John’s Church.

NB The meeting scheduled for tomorrow morning at the Babraham Road Park and Ride site has just been cancelled due to severe weather.

 

 

 

Liberal Democrat petition against library computer charges

Campaigning against the Library Enterprise Centre plans

Liberal Democrats in Cambridgeshire have launched a campaign to protect free use of computers at libraries.

County councillors last week considered a package of measures for the future of the library service, building on workshops with the public and library campaigners as well as with councillors. The measures included several sensible initiatives, such as improving occupancy of library meeting rooms and co-locating council services — for example, showcasing assistive technology in libraries, providing support to vulnerable people. Other suggestions were to raise income to support the library service by putting on some paid-for events and maximising room income from commercial users. You can read the paper here.

One of the proposals Liberal Democrats object to is charges for use of library computers. The Conservatives are proposing to introduce a £1 charge for using library computers after the first half hour. We believe that the charge will be damaging to people on very low incomes, especially to people applying for jobs – as many employers now require applications to be made on line. People on Universal Credit need to spend time job-hunting, and to prove that they are doing so.

Machines to collect the charges will cost £18,800. You do the sums for how long it will take to recoup the initial outlay. I don’t think the Conservative councillors have!

I also question the raison d’être of the charge, to generate revenue. Experience with bringing in charges for services has shown that usage drops off dramatically. Have Conservative councillors learnt nothing from the fiasco of their petty parking charges at the Park & Ride sites?

The County Council committee responsible for libraries is the Highways & Community Infrastructure Committee, on which I sit. I am one of two Liberal Democrats on the committee; there is also one Labour councillor, one Independent one — and six Conservatives, including the chair and vice-chair.

Liberal Democrat councillor Henry Batchelor proposed an amendment to scrap the computer charges. We were outvoted and the amendment fell, meaning that the charges might still be introduced. We were sorry that the Labour councillor on the committee, Jocelynne Scutt, refused to support the amendment.

Liberal Democrats believe that access to the internet is a key element of equality in the modern world, and that the County Council has a responsibility to provide access to computers to those, who for reasons of finance or where they live may not have high quality internet access in their homes.

The Liberal Democrats have set up a petition opposing the charges.  Over 500 people had signed even before the meeting.  You can sign it at http://www.cambridgelibdems.org.uk/library_computer_charging.

What’s all this about residents’ parking?

Sign

Residents’ parking could be coming to your street soon, or at any rate, a consultation about it. The County Council has embarked on a programme of parking consultations covering most of the city. Up till now, residents’ parking schemes have been developed after evidence of demand, as with the Morley scheme in this area; but following an offer by the Greater Cambridge Partnership to fund the set-up costs of new schemes, the Council is putting the idea to residents regardless of whether any interest has been shown.

The Council has divided the city into 26 zones and is consulting residents in phases, presenting them with parking scheme proposals. They started with the areas where there has been strongest demand: so far, consultations have been run in the Staffordshire, Newnham, Accordia and west Coleridge zones. They have all resulted in majorities for residents’ parking schemes, although with a very low turnout in the Coleridge west area. The Victoria, Elizabeth and Coleridge East zones are coming next, and consultations for Queen Edith’s are likely to be in spring 2019.

Citywide map of RP zones 2017

If the consultations in each area result in over 50% of responses being in favour of the proposed scheme, then they will go ahead; if not, then they will not be progressed. Labour councillors wanted to implement the schemes even without majority votes, but Lib Dems have insisted that there must be majority support.

Residents’ parking schemes restrict parking during set hours to people with permits: residents and their guests, plus traders and carers. Permits cost between £1 and £2 a week depending on the hours of the scheme and all permit types are going up in price in April, to reflect rises in the costs of managing the schemes.

Visitors’ permits are currently £8 for five days but will be going up to £12 in April. (The Conservatives were going to put them up to £15 but were persuaded to set a less steep rise following pressure from the Liberal Democrats and residents.)

See here for our frequently asked questions on residents’ parking, with links to the County Council’s web pages on the topic.

Goodbye Budgen’s. You will be missed!

Adkin’s Corner joins Perne Road and Cherry Hinton Road and is named after W J Adkins, who ran a grocery store there in the 1960s. This later become part of the Budgen’s group.

Budgen’s is quite the local institution, well supported locally and popular for its friendly staff as well as its good range of produce, much of it locally sourced.

So it is sad to learn that they’re closing up shop in March, when the site will be renovated. The owners, CJK Properties, intend to convert three outbuildings into flats but to retain the retail space. See their planning application to Cambridge City Council, which has just been approved.

They are also funding a traffic regulation order for a change to the road layout to allow vehicles to access the site without crossing the pavement. Local people are hoping there will still be a supermarket on site after the changes – but we will miss Budgen’s!

Park and Ride Victory

Parking charges at the Babraham Road and other Park and Ride sites will END on 1st April. After four years in which usage of the Park & Ride sites has slumped, County Council Conservatives have at last admitted the daily charge was a mistake.

When the Tories proposed the charges, I opposed them, knowing that drivers would just park elsewhere. Unfortunately, that “somewhere else has been outside our houses. In Queen Edith’s, we have been suffering from the extra parking for four years, so I am pleased the charges are at last being scrapped.

Changes to bus services

Stagecoach has just announced further changes to its services, to take effect on 18th February.

There will be new timetables for Citi 1, 2 and 3. The Citi 2 will now call at Coldham’s Lane Sainsbury’s but

There are also changes to routes
11/12
from the same date
Route
s
Citi 3 and 17 will also change on the 4
th
March 2018
F
rom 18
th
February 2018
Stagecoach East
will be making a number of changes to its
Cambridge Citi bus services
to improve
reliability and connectivity over a core part of its
network.
Citi 1/3 will see a change to the frequency at Fulbourn during the day time (Monday to
Saturday) with buses operating every 30 minutes. Evening and Sunday buses will
not
change
.
Citi 2 will continue to operate every 10 minutes
Monday to Saturday daytimes
b
etween
Cambridge North Rail Station and Mill Road. Buses will then continue every 20 minutes
to Addenbrooke’s
, and every 20 minutes to Coldham’s Lane Sainsbury’s providing a new
link to the store.
There will also be changes to Saturday morning frequencies
on Citi 1, 2 & 3 with buses
running up to every 20 minutes before 0900.
From the same date there will also be changes to r
outes 11 & 12 between Cambridge,
Bury St Edmund’s
&
Ely. Buses on route 11 will only operate between Bury St Edmund’s
and Newmarket of
f peak. There will be a minor alteration to the 12 timetable which will
enable customers to change buses at Newmarket Bus Station for onward travel to
Cambridge/Ely.
Stagecoach East will be maki
ng further changes from Sunday
4
th
March 2018. From this
date service 17 will no longer operate. Journeys on Citi 3 will be extended from the
Fulbourn Superstore to replace
journeys
on route 17
between Cherry Hinton and
Stetchworth.
These changes are being made due to declining passenger n
umbers and the ever
increas
ing congestion within Cambridge, which hampers the progress of the buses
.
New timetables are available to view online and will be available in print shortly.
Customers can also download the free Stagecoach app
available in the
App and Play
stores
or use the website journey planner to plan their journeys. New timetable
information will be available via the app or journey planner from week commencing 29
th
January 2018.
E
NDS
For media enquiries
Changes to Cambridge Citi network effective from Sunday 18
th
February
Citi 1, 2 & 3 will all see new timetables introduced
Citi 2 to provide new daytime link to Coldham’s Lane Sainsbury’s
There are also changes to routes
11/12
from the same date
Route
s
Citi 3 and 17 will also change on the 4
th
March 2018
F
rom 18
th
February 2018
Stagecoach East
will be making a number of changes to its
Cambridge Citi bus services
to improve
reliability and connectivity over a core part of its
network.
Citi 1/3 will see a change to the frequency at Fulbourn during the day time (Monday to
Saturday) with buses operating every 30 minutes. Evening and Sunday buses will
not
change
.
Citi 2 will continue to operate every 10 minutes
Monday to Saturday daytimes
b
etween
Cambridge North Rail Station and Mill Road. Buses will then continue every 20 minutes
to Addenbrooke’s
, and every 20 minutes to Coldham’s Lane Sainsbury’s providing a new
link to the store.
There will also be changes to Saturday morning frequencies
on Citi 1, 2 & 3 with buses
running up to every 20 minutes before 0900.
From the same date there will also be changes to r
outes 11 & 12 between Cambridge,
Bury St Edmund’s
&
Ely. Buses on route 11 will only operate between Bury St Edmund’s
and Newmarket of
f peak. There will be a minor alteration to the 12 timetable which will
enable customers to change buses at Newmarket Bus Station for onward travel to
Cambridge/Ely.
Stagecoach East will be maki
ng further changes from Sunday
4
th
March 2018. From this
date service 17 will no longer operate. Journeys on Citi 3 will be extended from the
Fulbourn Superstore to replace
journeys
on route 17
between Cherry Hinton and
Stetchworth.
These changes are being made due to declining passenger n
umbers and the ever
increas
ing congestion within Cambridge, which hampers the progress of the buses
.
New timetables are available to view online and will be available in print shortly.
Customers can also download the free Stagecoach app
available in the
App and Play
stores
or use the website journey planner to plan their journeys. New timetable
information will be available via the app or journey planner from week commencing 29
th
January 2018.
E
NDS
For media enquiries

Yellow lines update

Amanda and fencing

New knee-length ‘diamond’ fencing

The yellow lines in Cavendish Avenue and Baldock Way and the disabled parking bay on Baldock Way were painted in the autumn.  Low-level fencing for the verges in the middle section of Baldock Way is also now in place.

Yellow lines in Gunhild Close and Fendon Close have now been painted.

Slim majority for new residents’ parking scheme in Coleridge

map of Coleridge West

Coleridge West residents’ parking zone

Residents in the west Coleridge area have given their backing to a new residents’ parking scheme covering the area between Cherry Hinton Road, Mill Road and Coleridge Road.

The County Council ran a consultation there at the end of last year, as well as in the Accordia estate off Brooklands Avenue, in the Staffordshire Street area near the Grafton Centre, and Newnham.

Just over half of the Coleridge West residents who took part in the survey supported the council’s proposed scheme. The Council will be looking at all the feedback received from the surveys and the public exhibition and considering it before it creates the final plans, which will be advertised in the local paper as part of a statutory consultation.

Councillors on the Cambridge City Joint Area Committee will review all comments and objections received during the statutory consultation and they will decide on whether to implement the schemes.

The Greater Cambridge Partnership Executive Board will fund the implementation costs associated with all four new schemes, meaning participants only need to pay for residents’ permits and visitors’ permits.

Breakdowns of the four consultations and answers to the frequently asked questions about Resident Parking Schemes will be available at www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/resident-parking-scheme-consultation/.

Changes to local bus services

The County Council has advised me of a number of changes to Stagecoach bus services taking effect from 8th January 2018.

The following services are affected. We welcome the new no 25 between Addenbrooke’s and Trumpington.Woman and bus

9 Ely – March
9 Littleport – Ely – Cambridge
10
11
12
18
25
A
Citi 2
Citi 5
Citi 8
46
50
56
446
Busway A&B and
Busway N

For more information, see Stagecoach January 2018 service changes 04-12-17. For full details and copies of the timetables for the Stagecoach services please contact them directly on 01223 433250, [email protected] or www.stagecoachbus.com.

Cambridge to Brighton

Here’s some good news: next May, we’ll be able to take direct trains to Brighton from Cambridge, and next year, to Maidstone too. Travelling to Gatwick Airport is about to get easier too – through trains will mean no more struggling with luggage on the Underground.

Govia has been planning improvements to Thameslink for some time but has just announced the first phase of improvements scheduled for May 2018: top of the list are new cross-London connections from Cambridge and Peterborough to the south coast via Gatwick.

GTR also promise greater capacity and a new, more reliable timetable. And there are new trains too – the Siemens-built 700s are ‘smart’ trains are more comfortable and spacious. But what I most like the sound of are the RTI screens which GTR say will ‘ tell passengers how the Tube is running and where to find more space on board.’ The Reverend Awdry would have been in seventh heaven.