Those over retirement age are entitled to a free bus pass; what would it cost to extend this to everyone?
Author - Edward Leigh
The whole service provision needs redesigning – as is happening now in Dublin.
Actual costs and benefits would have given the Guided Busway a ‘poor value for money’ rating, which would not have qualified for taxpayer funding.
The social and environmental benefits of radically improving rural bus services far outweigh those of Park & Rides.
Neither the Greater Cambridge Partnership nor the Combined Authority has a plan to transform bus services across the region.
We can build an extensive public transport network now using buses. Here's how.
We just need politicians, council officers and bus operators to sit down together and agree to make this happen.
Planned well, franchising could deliver a Swiss-style integrated, comprehensive public bus service.
How can anything work in Cambridgeshire when five bodies have responsibilities and receive funding for transport?
The mayor’s recently-published Interim Transport Strategy Statement re-confirms his ambitions for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.
The County Council has voted to move its base from Castle Hill in Cambridge to Alconbury Weald. It's a done deal.
Why increasing road capacity with more lanes just buys time ...and worse, the business case for the sustainable stuff evaporates
Greater Cambridge Partnership (GCP) published a report in March that deserves more attention than its uninspiring title and status suggest.
The Ely Southern Bypass is £21m over its original budget. We should be extremely wary of funding large infrastructure projects from council borrowing not covered by new income streams.
What’s the answer? We’ve been shouting it from the rooftops for nearly three years.
Significant delays or cancellations within a bus operator’s control should be penalised in a way that benefits users.
Less variability in journey times is not actually what most people who use buses complain about. Missing a connection because of delay is a big headache. It’s why people don’t like having to change buses.
A conservative extrapolation from the St Ives busway to the Haverhill railway provides a forecast of about 4.5m trips/year. So why isn’t reopening the railway still under consideration?
One Ticket, One Network, One Brand here will do more to achieve modal shift than rolling out some red tarmac for a few buses a day.
Let's see action on interventions that can make a difference now, while the Combined Authority gets the longer term strategy right.
London does integrated transport pretty well. Arguably Singapore does it better. Cambridgeshire and Peterborough's mayor can learn from both.
There's a plan to re-route the A10 via a bridge or underpass and close the level crossing at Foxton. Unfortunately, as with Skanska's proposal for Whittlesford, the scope is too narrow.
Whittlesford has a neglected station with poor access. Upgraded to 'Parkway' status in 2007, it still lacks basic facilities like toilets or a bridge between the platforms suitable for people with limited mobility.
Smarter Cambridge Transport has described a report on future transport options for the region as not meeting its brief.
Smarter Cambridge Transport is growing, and in 2018 we'll continue to put forward the ideas and ask the questions. Here's how.
Smarter Cambridge Transport came together to advance integrated, innovative and sustainable transport ideas. So, how have we done?
Are we using the County Council’s Long Term Transport Plan or not? The GCP and the mayor can't pick and choose.
You maybe didn’t realise it at the time, but in 2014 you agreed to the County Council’s Long Term Transport Strategy.
The guided busway between Trumpington Park & Ride and Cambridge station is underused. How could we make more use of it?
GCP indicate that they will publish the raw data from their recent traffic survey in 2018. Why is it taking so long to release?
The Grafton Centre itself is undergoing a facelift, but the area needs more than that. These are some additional ideas we’ve submitted to the consultation.
Notice what’s missing in discussion about tunnels? Any mention of people. Forgive me repeating myself, but transport is about moving people (and goods) not vehicles.
There is one feature of the local government system that’s simple: politicians set policy; officers advise and deliver. So who should people lobby?
The councils’ strategy for coping with growth is to have many more people commute by bus, but there’s no strategy yet for how to accommodate all the extra buses in the city.
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Despite valiant efforts by the new team leading the Milton Road City Deal scheme, their ‘Final Concept’ still fails the 8-80 age test for cycling and provides much less green space than the community-backed ‘Do Optimum’...
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Groningen, Oldenburg, Ghent, Hasselt, Bogotá and Algiers did it years ago. Houston and Seattle did it recently. Dublin is doing it now. Cambridge isn’t. But it should be. Houston, Texas radically simplified its bus...
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One of the great frustrations with transport planning in the UK is that it is easier, quicker and often cheaper for a local authority to build a new road than it is for the same local authority, Network Rail and train...
The argument for dualling the A10 from Ely is that it requires more capacity to cope with population growth; that slow commute times put fewer jobs within commuting distance and reduce economic productivity (though, for...
The County Council highways committee voted last week to pass a new policy on neighbourhood parking – to be precise, they passed half a policy. New types of permit will be available, including for tradespeople, doctors...
The Bus Services Bill allows the mayor here in Cambridgeshire to adopt London-style franchising of bus services. This is a golden opportunity for innovation.
You will know that the City Deal has plans (“but no decisions have been made yet”) to build a busway from Cambourne to Cambridge, to add more bus lanes to Milton Road, and to build a bus lane on Histon Rd between King’s...
Cambridge’s MP and all three voting members of the City Deal Executive Board have called for the £1 parking charge at Park & Ride sites to be removed. The intention is good, but the policy is wrong. The seven...