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Author - Edward Leigh
Should we start by taxing congestion …or workplace parking?
Why Cambridge's next step should be a Workplace Parking Levy for larger businesses, and a pollution-based charge targeting commercial vehicles.
Is ‘sustainable growth’ even possible?
We and our representatives must accept that the earth’s ecological boundaries are non-negotiable, not something that can be ‘mitigated’.
Where’s the parking strategy for Cambridge?
A phased reduction in parking provision is needed if we are to permanently reduce traffic, congestion and carbon emissions in Cambridge.
Why Travel Hubs need to feature in the Local Plan and Local Transport Plan
We need Travel Hubs, and their location is critical. So we need to get them included in the region’s spatial and transport plans.
Would this get you to give up a car?
We need to make public transport simpler to use, widely available and cheap. Let’s start with integrated rail–bus tickets with free transfers.
Climate Commission’s two big recommendations for transport
The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Independent Climate Commission (CPICC) final report contains two major recommendations for transport.
New ‘car-free’ development misses the mark
The developer of 'Devonshire Gardens' needs a further design iteration if it is to create a reference site for sustainable, car-free living.
Growth requires sustainable infrastructure
It is now abundantly clear that politicians accepted the growth agenda without a clear vision of where it would take us, without securing adequate funding for all the infrastructure, and without explaining the...
The folly and irresponsibility of these transport plans
Eighteen new 1,500-space car parks in the countryside, and we'll still end up with more traffic, congestion, air pollution, deaths and injuries.
We’ve barely begun to address the climate crisis
Politicians are still almost entirely preoccupied with solving historical problems, and not getting started on meeting the climate challenge.
Improving safety and reducing congestion on Cambridgeshire roads
The County Council will soon be able to apply to take over enforcement of road traffic offences currently rarely enforced by the police.
GCP’s car park love affair comes to Foxton
Tell your councillors: more car parks won’t save the planet. Ask our children: is this a legacy they want us to leave to them?
Could ‘lollipop’ bus routing be the answer?
We need to reallocate road space to ensure it is safe to walk and cycle in the city, and quick and convenient to catch buses. Here's one way.
Is £9m for the City Access Strategy money well spent?
The GCP is demonstrating none of the leadership or imagination needed. Instead, we have continued decision paralysis and a staggering waste of money on half-baked ideas.
How should we respond to the climate emergency?
We can wait for a more authoritarian government to force us to change, or we can start to build consensus for change.
Where’s the cycling strategy for Cambridge?
Until the GCP develops a strategy for active travel, public transport, deliveries and private transport, it continues to waste our money.
Has the Guided Busway been a success?
Ten years after the Cambridgeshire Guided Busway opened, has it delivered on what was promised?
What are the options for reducing traffic in Cambridge?
Let’s start where we should have done in 2015, using deliberative democratic methods to build a coherent transport strategy for Cambridge.
What to do with buses in Cambridge city centre?
Reducing traffic in the city depends on reducing the amount of traffic entering it: not a future GCP is endeavouring to create.
Getting the basics right for bus services
The Cambridge City Access and Public Transport Improvements report MUST set out how bus services and stops will improve markedly from 2022.
Unchanged design for Cambridge South station is still not fit for purpose
It is irresponsible of Network Rail to be applying for Parliamentary approval using modelling that so clearly fails a common-sense test.
Cambourne to Cambridge: In-Highway Proposals for High Quality Public Transport Scheme
A fully-researched paper by Edward Leigh showing that in-highway improvements to bus services and active travel are the sensible way to proceed.
A14 Girton Interchange – a critical link
The Girton Interchange needs new road connections to eliminate congestion on the A1307 (Madingley Hill). It is also an ideal location for a light rail and coach station, visitor transfer hub, logistics hub, exhibition...
No action on the climate crisis until 2025
Politicians are squandering the chance of a transport future with zero carbon emissions, zero air pollution, zero road deaths and zero congestion.
Burnside Lakes: wrong place for a logistics hub
A developer is proposing to build six large sheds on the land between the David Lloyd Health Club and the western edge of Cherry Hinton.
Petitioning the GCP to change its priorities
Our petition asks the GCP Board to change its priorities to schemes that could be delivered in less time with greater benefit, and much lower environmental damage.
Railroading decisions on busways and car parks
Is GCP railroading inexperienced councillors into agreeing to proceed with environmentally damaging and demonstrably unnecessary projects?
What stops you from walking or cycling more?
Is there anywhere you don’t walk or cycle simply because it’s impossible or unsafe to do so?
Why we fail to design transport for everyone
We're challenging the new mayor and County Council to ensure transport is not just designed for a small minority of the population.
Vision Zero: let’s make it a reality
To many, reducing speed limits seems perverse. But the reduced grief and pain, and increased freedom for our children, is more than worth it.
A new mayor brings a dramatic shift in priorities
The new mayor of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority, Dr Nik Johnson, brings a very different set of priorities to the job.
The Cambridge Biomedical Campus vision? More growth.
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 4-person autonomous pods the future of transport?
Are these proposals better than running electric buses on existing roads? A comprehensive bus network and road pricing will cost far less.
Maintaining our roads and pavements
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.
A bus service for every village, every hour
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.
Are the climate recommendations bold enough?
A new report is the starting gun for radical changes to local land use, water, energy, transport and construction.
Bus back better? A new national strategy
We need bus services to work for many more people.The new national bus strategy seeks to address this, with clear and sensible ambitions.
How ‘safety’ barriers can be discriminatory and unsafe
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?
Time to suspend peak-time rail fares?
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.
Not a lot to see for £100 million spent on transport
The Greater Cambridge Partnership (GCP) has now spent over £100 million on transport schemes since the City Deal was signed in 2014.
Over 50% population growth for Oxford to Cambridge Arc
Jobs here contribute more to GDP than anywhere outside of London. But landowners and businesses are motivated by money, not philanthropy.
Improved plans for Cambridge station
Unfortunately, although there are outstanding issues with the new development, these are unlikely to see it blocked a second time.
Causeway to an isolated new community
Planning permission has been granted for 430 new homes on Worts’ Causeway. The poverty of ambition is deeply concerning.
Should yours be a Low Traffic Neighbourhood?
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.
The right way to reduce delays to Cambourne buses?
An independent audit is underway of the Cambourne to Cambridge busway. Can we now hope for sense to prevail?
Electric cars in bus lanes: a good idea?
The small incentive this idea will create to buy EVs is more than offset by the negative impacts on buses and cycling.
How do variable speed limits reduce congestion?
If people maintain reasonably safe headways, a motorway can carry about 15% more vehicles per hour at 40mph than at 70mph.
Are people right to oppose the ‘preferred’ route for East West Rail?
The need for a new east-west railway is beyond doubt. The southern approach currently being designed has a distinct advantage.
The future of transport: who gets a voice?
If we recognise that some people lack a voice in the debate about the future, shouldn’t we help them participate directly?