Almost nothing the Greater Cambridge Partnership has delivered in nearly five years has increased people’s travel options. That needs to change.
Author - Edward Leigh
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.
Assertions in Network Rail’s assessment of rail needs for the next 25 years beggar belief.
Even if a computer can drive the bus, it doesn’t mean we won’t need any staff on board.
The Greater Cambridge Partnership would do well to talk with the team at Leeds City Council
How technology could be transformational and sustainable for the whole region
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.
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.
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.
Cambridge has one central hub, and secondary hubs at Cambridge station and Addenbrooke’s hospital. What are the alternatives to make it easier and quicker to travel around by bus?
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.