Smarter Cambridge Transport's response to the Combined Authority's initial consultation on its Local Transport and Connectivity Plan
Category - Buses
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.
Let’s start where we should have done in 2015, using deliberative democratic methods to build a coherent transport strategy for Cambridge.
Reducing traffic in the city depends on reducing the amount of traffic entering it: not a future GCP is endeavouring to create.
The Cambridge City Access and Public Transport Improvements report MUST set out how bus services and stops will improve markedly from 2022.
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.
We need bus services to work for many more people.The new national bus strategy seeks to address this, with clear and sensible ambitions.
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.
Smarter Cambridge Transport’s comments and additional ideas for improving access to Cambridge by cycle, bus and train from the east.
The Greater Cambridge Partnership is expected on 1 July 2021 to give the go-ahead for this scheme to proceed to its final stage before granting permission for its construction. The most recent information is available...
Initiatives like these are important. Everybody needs to be able to get about, whether or not they have access to a car.
Two more public consultations recently launched illustrate just how out-of-step with the times transport authorities are.
Congestion costs bus users twice over: longer journey times and higher fares.
Last year a Citizens Assembly considered how to reduce congestion, improve air quality and provide better public transport. What's happened since?
The determination of the Greater Cambridge Partnership (GCP) to build unwanted busways would be admirable if it wasn’t so profoundly misguided.
A range of proposals, including strongly urging Cambridge University to negotiate a ticket-sharing agreement with Stagecoach.
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?
There is no doubt that James Palmer is serious about improving bus services, but can his Task Force deliver?
The pressure on public transport from investor-subsidised private alternatives won’t be for the public good.
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!
How to let the Greater Cambridge Partnership's Executive Board know what you think of the plan.
In this case, the popular option is also the right one.
Even if a computer can drive the bus, it doesn’t mean we won’t need any staff on board.
What can we do to encourage, support or force Stagecoach to up its game?
How much greater would the benefits be if the space was used for wider footways, continuously protected cycleways, more trees and sustainable drainage?
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.
How to let the Greater Cambridge Partnership's Executive Board know what you think of the plan.
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.
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.
Before trying to knock a few minutes off bus journey times, we need to understand that the quality of the journey experience is arguably more important to people
Planned well, franchising could deliver a Swiss-style integrated, comprehensive public bus service.
Greater Cambridge Partnership (GCP) published a report in March that deserves more attention than its uninspiring title and status suggest.
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.
The full response to the consultation: why Smarter Cambridge Transport supports most of the short-term measures proposed (some with modifications), but does not support any of the three long-term strategies proposed.
5,000 new jobs are coming to the Biomedical Campus by the middle of next year, with no extra transport provision for them.
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.
London does integrated transport pretty well. Arguably Singapore does it better. Cambridgeshire and Peterborough's mayor can learn from both.
Imagine a gate at the end of your driveway that opens only once every 30 minutes. You cannot apply a private motorist's mentality to shaping public transport policy.
For South Cambridgeshire residents, what's needed are attractive, comfortable, reliable and flexible public transport options from close to where people live.
The Mayor has maintained that buses aren't the answer for the Cambridge area, so the consultants have wheeled out something vaguely called a 'metro'.
Rather than building extensive new road capacity for buses, we need to make better use of existing road capacity, build travel hubs and re-route bus services, and create safe and convenient cycle and pedestrian routes...
The guided busway between Trumpington Park & Ride and Cambridge station is underused. How could we make more use of it?
The councils’ strategy for coping with growth is to have many more people commute by bus, but there’s no strategy yet for how to accommodate all the extra buses in the city.
You probably know you can get a guided bus from Cambridge to Huntingdon? It takes 1hr 7mins. You can save yourself 14 minutes by catching the Whippet X3, which runs via Cambourne and Papworth – yes, via Cambourne. Take...
The Greater Cambridge Partnership (GCP) is deeply mired in complexity and controversy over building a busway from Cambourne, an orbital link to Addenbrooke’s, and a new Park & Ride west of Cambridge. It has spent...
The sudden and unexpected withdrawal of Grosvenor’s planning application for a sporting village and 520 houses south of Trumpington Meadows has created an opportunity. Some years ago the County Council negotiated a deal...
Smarter Cambridge Transport has prepared a detailed review of reports commissioned by the County Council. It identifies more than twenty areas of concern with the busway not identified.
Groningen, Oldenburg, Ghent, Hasselt, Bogotá and Algiers did it years ago. Houston and Seattle did it recently. Dublin is doing it now. Cambridge isn’t. But it should be. Houston, Texas radically simplified its bus...
Recently local politicians have called for Cambridge’s Park & Ride car parks to be free again, and MPs have called for hospital car parks to be made free. ‘Free’ means somebody else is paying, in this case taxpayers...
Twenty years ago, I found myself working in my company’s Manchester office for a week. One morning, the regional sales manager and I had an appointment in the city centre. In our suits and carrying briefcases, we...
Those who don’t understand public transport don’t use it. Bus operators and local authorities all over the world could help themselves by giving passengers the sort of usability we take for granted on metro...
The Bus Services Bill allows the mayor here in Cambridgeshire to adopt London-style franchising of bus services. This is a golden opportunity for innovation.
Cambridge’s MP and all three voting members of the City Deal Executive Board have called for the £1 parking charge at Park & Ride sites to be removed. The intention is good, but the policy is wrong. The seven...
Before Victoria Coren claimed ownership of “Only Connect,” it was E M Forster’s, extolling humans’ need to for connection. It’s also a pretty good motto for public transport: we spend a lot of time talking about cars...
Ideas for reducing congestion and pollution in urban areas, developed in the context of the Greater Cambridge area, typical of many UK towns and cities.
Further to our response to the public consultation, we have prepared seventeen key questions for the City Deal Executive Board to answer in relation to its decision on 13 October 2016 to progress a proposal to build a...
Smarter Cambridge Transport held its first public event, Rebooting The City Deal, on Friday 14 October at Wolfson College, attended by around 250 people. Our thanks to Antony Carpen for videoing the event. Here are the...
The City Deal is proposing spending a £142m on a new road for buses from Cambourne to Cambridge. That might seem like a good idea, especially if you live in Cambourne, Highfields Caldecote or Hardwick and commute into...
Areas of concern [Updated 23 August 2016: expanded section on access and parking permits] Here in summary are ten concerns that residents, businesses and observers have voiced about the City Deal: The City Deal is...
Updated September 2018 with details about a Cambridge city bus hub moved to a new paper. Background After years of growth, bus patronage is in decline, locally and nationally, at a time when train patronage continues to...
A ‘travel hub’ refers to a bus, tram or train station with more facilities than a bus stop, and with the dominant modes of access being walking and cycling.
Next key date: 20 March 2019. The Executive Board will be considering final outline designs for Milton Road before proceeding to detailed designs and building in 2020–21. The Assembly meets on 27 February to pre...
The County Council’s view ‘Bus priority’ has come to be used interchangeably with ‘bus lane’ or ‘busway’: the Cambridgeshire Long Term Transport Strategy (November 2014) refers to, “On-line or off-line bus priority...