How technology could be transformational and sustainable for the whole region
Author - Edward Leigh
What can we do to encourage, support or force Stagecoach to up its game?
There is an obvious conflict with the Greater Cambridge Partnership’s flagship project, the Cambourne–Cambridge Busway.
Simon was an extraordinarily knowledgable campaigner, and a friend of Smarter Cambridge Transport.
Let's hope politicians share this sense of urgency and support radical but practical changes along the lines we have suggested.
We are still planning and building as if the future will be only slightly different from 30 years ago.
We're asking the local councils to be more ambitious in their Housing Strategy and include issues to do with transport.
How much greater would the benefits be if the space was used for wider footways, continuously protected cycleways, more trees and sustainable drainage?
The biggest problem stems from an accounting practice that makes a hard distinction between capital and operating expenditure.
Be the change you want to see in the world – and use the power of community to multiply your influence.
For the large majority of people who access the station on foot, the proposed changes will significantly worsen their experience.
Why Smarter Cambridge Transport does not support any of the proposed options for expansion of Trumpington P&R or building a second site at Hauxton.
You can let politicians know you want a change of course for the Cambourne to Cambridge busway.
The Combined Authority and GCP should be reinventing the Busway Smartcard to work county-wide with all bus operators.
Would excluding motor traffic from more of the city centre make it more accessible, more enjoyable and safer?
Start thinking and discussing with friends and colleagues what kind of city centre you want for Cambridge.
Trying to figure out why transport economics so often fails to feed good policies to politicians...
How did our local politicians allow us to be steamrollered into accepting this scale of growth?
There is one last chance to make this space right. People need to lobby Brookgate now.
Over the past few months, I have been drawing up a plan for how SCT can transition. Now we need to pull the pieces together.
Those over retirement age are entitled to a free bus pass; what would it cost to extend this to everyone?
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.
Smarter Cambridge Transport supports the relocation of the railway station as being the only practical way to improve access and facilities for the full range of users
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.