New Park & Ride off M11 at Hauxton will increase traffic here say villagers
Greater Cambridge Partnership is proposing new P&R to improve public transport to west of the city
A Park & Ride at Hauxton is the “wrong place” say residents who fear it will increase traffic on the A10 through Harston.
The Greater Cambridge Partnership is hoping to open a Park & Ride off the M11 northbound carriageway at Hauxton as part of plans to improve public transport to the west of the city.
The GCP plan to consult with the public in the summer as part of the preparation for a business case.
But residents in Harston are concerned about the negative impact from increased traffic along the A10 through the village, which they say is already at “unacceptable levels” –around 16,000 vehicles per day.
The group say this includes HGVs thundering past Harston and Newton Primary, and they are already looking at the possibility of a weight limit to reduce this in the future.
Between 2011 and 2031, there are a planned additional 15,500 new homes and 20,000 new jobs in development locations to the west and south of Cambridge.
The GCP acknowledges that a “significant proportion” of new residents and new workers will need to make trips around the north, west and south of Cambridge.
Harston Residents’ Group chairman Tim Arnold said: “While a Park & Ride may alleviate traffic into Cambridge and the Biomedical Campus, one-third of its users – approximately 600 vehicles daily – would come through Harston on the A10 to reach it.”
The group is in the process of setting up a website to better publicise the issues.
They also plan to make large signs to be displayed in the village – and have not ruled out taking further action to be heard, including protests by stopping traffic.
Mr Arnold added: “We think it’s the wrong place. People should start their journeys further out where there is the possibility of trains, like at Foxton or Meldreth.”
He continued: “Harston and the problems that will result from the Park & Ride is not even in the objectives that the GCP has proposed. It’s not part of their thinking. It feels like there’s no vision to it.
“We feel that consultation is lip service, really and they will just press on with what they want to do.”