The Greater Cambridge City Deal is a partnership between central and local government to deliver new infrastructure in Cambridge and the sub-region.
It is managed by a board comprising leaders of the councils in the area (Lewis Herbert, Steve Count and Frances Burkitt), plus representatives from the universities and business. They have just launched proposals to tackle rush hour congestion and are proposing eight initiatives. Some of the proposals have had a mixed reception, particularly bus lanes at the expenses of trees. One that has generated a lot of controversy in this area has been the congestion checkpoints, which would block major roads at peak times, incuding Hills Road.
The package includes:
- Better bus services and expanded use of Park & Ride
- Better pedestrian and cycling infrastructure
- Improved public space and air quality
- Peak-time Congestion Control Points (PCCPs)
- A Workplace Parking Levy
- On-street parking controls
- Smart technology
- Travel planning
These proposals aim to transform people’s ability to travel into, out of and around Cambridge by providing more efficient, safe and reliable capacity for travel, without the need to get in a car.
There is more information on the City Deal’s website and at community hubs and employment locations across Cambridge, South Cambridge and beyond. A series of events and exhibitions are being held including three in Queen Edith’s:
Addenbrooke’s Concourse tomorrow, 12th July
Babraham Road Park & Ride site 13th July
St John’s Church, 20th July