The new mayor of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority, Dr Nik Johnson, brings a very different set of priorities to the job.
Author - Edward Leigh
The new vision being developed for the Cambridge Biomedical Campus is all about growth, but the Campus needs to set its house in order first.
Are these proposals better than running electric buses on existing roads? A comprehensive bus network and road pricing will cost far less.
A topic that fills many councillors’ inboxes is the dire state of our roads and pavements. But funding runs far short of what is needed to fix them.
Imagine if very village had a bus service at least every hour, at least 18 hours a day, 7 days a week. It's possible, and here's how.
A new report is the starting gun for radical changes to local land use, water, energy, transport and construction.
We need bus services to work for many more people.The new national bus strategy seeks to address this, with clear and sensible ambitions.
When a road junction proves to be dangerous, the council doesn’t install barriers; it remodels it. Why not do the same for unsafe footways and cycleways?
Smarter Cambridge Transport has submitted a question to the Greater Cambridge Partnership Executive Board meeting on 18 March 2021.
If they don’t travel five days a week, many part-time commuters will simply not return to trains and buses if they are able to drive instead.
The Greater Cambridge Partnership (GCP) has now spent over £100 million on transport schemes since the City Deal was signed in 2014.
Jobs here contribute more to GDP than anywhere outside of London. But landowners and businesses are motivated by money, not philanthropy.
Unfortunately, although there are outstanding issues with the new development, these are unlikely to see it blocked a second time.
Planning permission has been granted for 430 new homes on Worts’ Causeway. The poverty of ambition is deeply concerning.
A Low Traffic Neighbourhood is a residential area without through-traffic. It needs to be part of a wider set of changes to benefit everyone.
An independent audit is underway of the Cambourne to Cambridge busway. Can we now hope for sense to prevail?
The small incentive this idea will create to buy EVs is more than offset by the negative impacts on buses and cycling.
If people maintain reasonably safe headways, a motorway can carry about 15% more vehicles per hour at 40mph than at 70mph.
The need for a new east-west railway is beyond doubt. The southern approach currently being designed has a distinct advantage.
If we recognise that some people lack a voice in the debate about the future, shouldn’t we help them participate directly?
Groups opposing busways could have their way if they could convince a majority in Greater Cambridge to support a congestion charge instead.
The real problem is the huge carbon cost of continuing to use the petrol/diesel vehicles we have now and continue to manufacture.
Initiatives like these are important. Everybody needs to be able to get about, whether or not they have access to a car.
Transport links to the east of Cambridge are particularly poor, so it’s good to see the GCP turn its attention in that direction.
Two more public consultations recently launched illustrate just how out-of-step with the times transport authorities are.
If the still-upward trend in car traffic continues, evening peaks are likely to become increasingly congested.
We need to provide resources to enable community groups to organise themselves and employ experts – just as economic stakeholders do.
The Highway Code is up for revision with a view to reinforcing the rights and protections of people walking, cycling or riding a horse.
We have to invest in transport that is more space- and energy-efficient, and accessible to everyone, regardless of age, wealth or abilities.
108 people met over six weekends earlier this year to consider how the UK should decarbonise transport, energy, food and other things we buy.
Local authorities are so consumed with delivering new homes, they have failed to keep track of how many jobs they are allowing to be created.
How we can spend far less than the estimated £250 million to dual the A10 and build the Waterbeach busway, and benefit thousands more people.
Congestion costs bus users twice over: longer journey times and higher fares.
Communities are starting to reimagine their streets. Start a conversation with neighbours and ask your councillors to help make it a reality.
What’s not to like? Well, we’re soon going to find out, as Voi Technology is about to pilot rental e-scooters in Cambridge.
It’s now time to accelerate the construction of infrastructure to allow as many people as possible to walk or cycle most short trips.
Rather than permitting all taxis to use bus lanes and enter restricted areas, the County Council could limit the privilege to “authorised vehicles”.
Fendon Road roundabout joins a litany of Cambridgeshire County Council transport projects running hugely over budget and time.
The determination of the Greater Cambridge Partnership (GCP) to build unwanted busways would be admirable if it wasn’t so profoundly misguided.
We need council reps, business owners and residents to engage respectfully, and to listen to each other’s ideas and concerns.
The mechanism for setting priorities locally (the ‘Local Plan’) is no longer fit for purpose. But the government’s proposed solution is worse.
Encouraging people to walk or cycle more means more give up their cars, leading to sustained reductions in emissions and improved public health.
GCP is pursuing the wrong solutions to the wrong problems, and spending the best part of £400 million of your money to do so.
A range of proposals, including strongly urging Cambridge University to negotiate a ticket-sharing agreement with Stagecoach.
With at least another £200 million to spend, the Greater Cambridge Partnership (GCP) is gearing up to push ahead with developments that are all anachronisms.
When we see the government reallocate the new-roads budget to public transport we will know it is seriously committed to restoring the environment.
The County Council has been slow off the mark, recently stating that officers are still looking at data and talking with their maintenance contractor.
Why we need to transfer transport powers from the county council and make Greater Cambridge a Highway Authority.