Foxton travel hub plans scaled back by GCP following public feedback
The Foxton travel hub plans have been cut back by reducing the number of parking spaces by more than half following public feedback.
The hub is designed to provide parking spaces outside the city for visitors, which the Greater Cambridge Partnership (GCP) hope will reduce congestion and pollution in Cambridge.
But villagers have previously described the plans for the site off the A10 as “a danger to cyclists and pedestrians” and South Cambridgeshire MP Anthony Browne, who grew up in Fowlmere, said he was “disappointed” by the “sticking plaster” solution.
The hub was initially planned to have 500 car parking spaces and 150 cycle parking spaces.
A report to the GCP’s joint assembly on Thursday, November 18 said respondents to the consultation said the A10 crossing was “unsafe”, of “poor design” and “poor for vulnerable users”.
Respondents said the hub brought “no benefits to Foxton” itself, warned of congestion in the village, predicted “increased rat running and localised traffic” and said the A10 was unsafe.
Environmental impacts were also raised, with concern over flood resilience, drainage, the loss of green space and the increase air and noise pollution.
In response, the GCP is proposing design changes, with the hub taking up less space, thanks to a reduction in the number of parking spaces from 500 to 200, and in cycle parking spaces from 150 to 100.
The report notes: “The revised design and access to the site could be re-engineered to increase its capacity should demand increase beyond the 200 car parking spaces currently proposed.
“However, such a decision would require a separate board decision at the appropriate time.”
“Enhancements” to the village railway station are also proposed, including a waiting shelter and ticket machine.
The Joint Assembly will be asked to approve the amendments to the plans, and agree for a planning application to be made for the scheme.
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