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Campaigners want Coton to know about City Deal busway plans

By Ben Comber

Amanda Fuller - Coton Busway Action Group. Picture: Keith Heppell
Amanda Fuller - Coton Busway Action Group. Picture: Keith Heppell

Campaigners in Coton are committing to visit every house in the village to inform residents of City Deal plans to forge ahead with an off-road busway between Cambourne and Cambridge.

Members of the Coton Busway Action Group (CBAG) are campaigning against the scheme, which would see an 11m (36ft) wide off-road busway through the Green Belt between the city and a park and ride site built on Crome Lea Farm. This section of the busway would be started before 2020.

CBAG campaigner Amanda Fuller said: “We feel we need to do this as the opportunities for public input are being stifled by the City Deal.

“You need the patience of a saint and the constitution of an ox to attend City Deal meetings, not to mention zero work or family commitments.”

The group is asking villagers to sign a petition opposing the off-road busway and park and ride site, and calling for the City Deal to engage with local residents to come up with a community-orientated solution that would build on ‘Option 6’, a plan put forward by the scheme’s Local Liaison Forum which proposes an on-road busway.

The petition can be found online.


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