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Four villages recommended for the county's first rural travel hubs

By Ben Comber

SCDC Cllr Francis Burkitt, Merton House 17 Broadway Grantchester Cambridge. Picture: Keith Heppell
SCDC Cllr Francis Burkitt, Merton House 17 Broadway Grantchester Cambridge. Picture: Keith Heppell

Changes are coming for Oakington, Sawston, Whittlesford and Foxton

The hubs, 'bespoke transport interchanges' to connect residents with public transport services and cycling/walking routes, would be based in Oakington, Sawston and Whittlesford.

A further study recommends expanding the car parking at Foxton station to provide a 'park and train', and a bridge for the A10 over the railway is also being considered.

Cllr Francis Burkitt, chair of the Greater Cambridge Partnership which commissioned the studies, said:"I welcome these four initiatives which, if approved by the board, will be key steps to fulfil our vision of growing and sharing prosperity and improving quality of life in our region, by addressing transport problems.

"They will help develop stronger communities by connecting villages with each other and with the city, along with providing access to employment, leisure and key services throughout the region.

"They will also help build resilience in our rural areas and remove reliance on the private car. South Cambridgeshire is projected to grow by 35 per cent, to 80,000 households, by 2031 and it is unsustainable for people to be car-dependent going forward."

Both reports recommend further, detailed work is undertaken, in consultation with communities, before any final decisions are made.

The hubs are:

? Oakington

A hub near Station Road and adjacent to the guided busway route with secure cycle parking and cycle lockers, 41 car parking spaces and a bus turnaround stop for the Citi 6 service alongside a drop off area.

? Sawston

A hub to the north of Sawston, close to the junction of the A1301 and Cambridge Road, which would connect residents to Great Shelford rail station, several bus routes (Citi 7, 7a, 132) and the National Cycle Network 11 path, with 50 car parking spaces, new sheltered bus stops, secure cycle parking with cycle lockers and a drop off facility.

? Whittlesford

A possible site to the south of Royston Road, around 650m to the west of Whittlesford railway station, connecting residents with the station, buses served by Citi 7 and 7a routes, and the National Cycle Network 11 path, with an additional 208 car parking spaces, 12 disabled bays and secure cycle parking and lockers.

? Foxton railway sation

A road bridge for the A10 over the railway line, slightly to the west of the existing level crossing, with additional car parking between the existing A10 and the new road bridge.


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