City Deal apointments prepare for step change in Cambridge project delivery

PUBLISHED: 10:58 14 January 2017 | UPDATED: 11:29 14 January 2017

10 05 16 General views Cambridge. Cyclists, traffic congestion, groups of cyclists buses, Hills Rd, Catholic church junction.  Picture: Keith Heppell

10 05 16 General views Cambridge. Cyclists, traffic congestion, groups of cyclists buses, Hills Rd, Catholic church junction. Picture: Keith Heppell

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The new interim chief executive will be joined by a City Deal transport director.

The Greater Cambridge City Deal has announced further plans to strengthen the local partnership and keep it ‘match fit’ as work steps up this year.

Interim Chief Executive Rachel Stopard will lead the changes, starting with recruitment later this month of a dedicated City Deal transport director.

The senior transport expert will be responsible for delivery of the City Deal’s ambitious transport programme all aimed at accommodating a huge increase in journeys as the area continues to grow.

They will lead a newly formed and dedicated City Deal transport team, primarily from existing staff, continuing to work closely with colleagues to aid delivery of transport improvements across the county.

Cllr Lewis Herbert, Chair of the City Deal Executive Board, said: “We’re really proud of the team that have been working on City Deal. We’ve got some great professionals who have got massive expertise and determination to deliver schemes, but what the board essentially concluded when we were reviewing this uplift was that we didn’t have the focussed transport leadership and we didn’t have enough of our staff just working with the City Deal.

“The board’s view was that we needed to have a director of transport and we needed to have a more dedicated team of staff.

“Under the interim leadership of Rachel, changes now will put us in a good place to deliver both existing and new, bigger and more ambitious projects, which will come with the next phase of funding, as well as further opportunities brought about by devolution and the new east-west national transport projects. The City Deal will be an even better and stronger local partnership in 2017.”

At the same time, the voice of business is set to be bolstered with recruitment by the Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) of a dedicated City Deal Executive. The LEP representative will work to enhance business engagement and influence in local decision-making.

Work on schemes so far - which include bus and cycling priority schemes on key routes, extra park and rides and plans to curb congestion - have been managed by staff at Cambridgeshire County Council, splitting their time between City Deal and county projects.

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