Smarter Cambridge Transport's response to the Combined Authority's initial consultation on its Local Transport and Connectivity Plan
Category - Rail
It is irresponsible of Network Rail to be applying for Parliamentary approval using modelling that so clearly fails a common-sense test.
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.
Unfortunately, although there are outstanding issues with the new development, these are unlikely to see it blocked a second time.
The need for a new east-west railway is beyond doubt. The southern approach currently being designed has a distinct advantage.
Smarter Cambridge Transport’s comments and additional ideas for improving access to Cambridge by cycle, bus and train from the east.
The initial proposals from newtork Rail for the Cambridge South station are wholly inadequate and are based on flawed data.
Two more public consultations recently launched illustrate just how out-of-step with the times transport authorities are.
Will the government choose TfL-style franchising as its preferred model to ensure continuity of services whilst keeping operations in the private sector?
Our objectives for Network Rail to consider when designing Cambridge South station and its access infrastructure.
It's important that we don't overlook the range of opportunities it provides to improve the environment, connectivity and public health.
Until the new station opens, we need further improvements to the bus link from Cambridge station
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.
Greater Anglia's new trains' most innovative feature is level boarding from the platform. Why isn’t it universal on our railways?
In this case, the popular option is also the right one.
Assertions in Network Rail’s assessment of rail needs for the next 25 years beggar belief.
There is an obvious conflict with the Greater Cambridge Partnership’s flagship project, the Cambourne–Cambridge Busway.
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.
There is one last chance to make this space right. People need to lobby Brookgate now.
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.
A conservative extrapolation from the St Ives busway to the Haverhill railway provides a forecast of about 4.5m trips/year. So why isn’t reopening the railway still under consideration?
There's a plan to re-route the A10 via a bridge or underpass and close the level crossing at Foxton. Unfortunately, as with Skanska's proposal for Whittlesford, the scope is too narrow.
Whittlesford has a neglected station with poor access. Upgraded to 'Parkway' status in 2007, it still lacks basic facilities like toilets or a bridge between the platforms suitable for people with limited mobility.
How Cambridge North, the future south station, and the main station can form the backbone of a ‘Cambridge Overground’ metro within five years.
With these additions to the SPD this development could radically transform the connectivity and quality of life in Cherry Hinton, Teversham and Fulbourn.
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