The determination of the Greater Cambridge Partnership (GCP) to build unwanted busways would be admirable if it wasn’t so profoundly misguided.
Author - Edward Leigh
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.
Brilliantly convenient while we’re all shut in our homes. But how can it continue when people return to work?
We must make lasting changes in our own lives, and demand change of others.
There is no reason why, post lock-down, remote meetings cannot continue to be an efficient replacement for many in-person meetings.
Will the government choose TfL-style franchising as its preferred model to ensure continuity of services whilst keeping operations in the private sector?
The COVID-19 virus has prompted us to make radical changes which could serve us well in the future.
Technology now exists to count pedestrians. Transport bodies need to use it.
Will politics or economics sink the busway project, or will it re-emerge Phoenix-like from the ashes as a new form of affordable mass transport?
It’s the not the job of council officers to protect the reputations of incompetent consultants, yet they do.
How do we help more people to do this? And how much difference could it make?
There is no doubt that James Palmer is serious about improving bus services, but can his Task Force deliver?
Until the new station opens, we need further improvements to the bus link from Cambridge station
To de-carbonise the economy, restore balance with nature, enhance public health and promote social justice, we have to do government differently.
For trips not involving a sleeper - as far as Biaritz, Perpignan, Monaco, Berlin or Milan - advance fares are comparable with flying with checked-in bags.
Perhaps Pyke’s most accurate prediction was that “bicycle power will once again become important in its own right.”
We need to create a vision of a future we actively want to strive for
The next five years are critical for the future of the planet: will the UK lead the way on de-carbonising transport?
We are trapped in a circular argument and phasing in a Workplace Parking Levy is possibly the only way to break this deadlock.
Consider whether replacing a car with car club membership could save you money!
Is there anyone who thinks that local government in Cambridgeshire is functioning well?
Why would you support a congestion charge? Probably because the journey time is sufficiently shortened or you’re given a better value alternative to driving.
Have traffic flows reverted to how they were before the summer? Interestingly, not everywhere.
You may have heard of ‘Mobility as a Service’ and ‘micromobility’, but what exactly do these mean?
Almost nothing the Greater Cambridge Partnership has delivered in nearly five years has increased people’s travel options. That needs to change.
For now, we have no choice but to reduce our energy consumption by travelling less and, instead of driving, using more energy-efficient transport modes
Had the Greater Cambridge Partnership invested in smart traffic signalling technology in 2016, the network would now be more resilient to roadworks and seasonal variations in travel demand.
We cannot keep kicking the can down the road. We have to make big changes, some of which will be painful and unpopular.
Greater Anglia's new trains' most innovative feature is level boarding from the platform. Why isn’t it universal on our railways?
There’s a consultation (yes, another one) on the region’s most important transport strategy document.
It is difficult to draw firm conclusions even from a rich data set like this
Where else might we find a permanent home for a coach station, with excellent connectivity to the city and surrounding villages, and all the facilities you’d expect to find at a city train station?
This really is different from the forums and workshops used to date.
Ghent is an interesting comparator for Cambridge: a bold transport plan has all but removed cars from the medieval city centre.
What would make the bigger difference: another 2,500 people using Park & Ride or 55,000 more people using buses in the region?
At a recent open event, staff were refreshingly honest about the shortcomings of Stagecoach’s service in recent times
On every single metric, the ‘preferred’ option scores worse than all scenarios considered, including not building the P&R!
Citizens’ Assemblies to date have produced recommendations that are well-supported by the populations they represent.
Let’s learn from Mill Road closure, and use it as a template for running experimental closures elsewhere in the city.
How closely do you think highway planners and engineers adhere to this?
We need more train and bus services, an extensive network of cycleways, and for towns and villages to be walkable.