Support for better bus commutes on A1307 Linton to Cambridge
Better bus services to the south will aim to serve new science centre jobs.
A consultation carried out last year on initial ideas for quicker and more reliable public transport and active travel links to the south of the city, including between the growing research sites at Cambridge Biomedical Campus (CBC), Babraham Research Park and Granta Park, has revealed support for measures to improve bus, cycle and walking journeys along the A1307 between Cambridge and Linton.
The measures intend to accommodate thousands of extra daily trips to and from CBC with the arrival of more staff, patients and visitors, including when Papworth Hospital moves to the site in 2018.
Emerging preferred options recommend on-road ‘bus rapid transport’ along the A1307, improved cycling and pedestrian links, a new Park & Ride at Fourwentways and increased park and cycle facilities at the existing Park & Ride at Babraham.
The scheme would see west-bound bus journeys speed up, avoiding traffic congestion, and run as frequently as every five minutes to the city – giving residents and commuters more travel choice.
The report is set to be considered at public meetings of the City Deal’s Joint Assembly and Executive Board on March 1 and 8 respectively. I says: “The A1307 project is key to directly supporting the growth agenda as it connects the expanding South East Cambridgeshire cluster of biotech parks, as well as housing growth south of Cambridge and at Haverhill.
“By providing significant improvements, particularly reliability, for journeys by sustainable transport modes to these key employment sites, the emerging preferred options for the A1307 will directly deliver on the overarching vision of the Greater Cambridge City Deal – to secure sustainable growth and quality of life for the people of Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire,” says the report.
Of 1489 total responses to consultation, 83 per cent supported or strongly supported the idea of improving the bus, cycling and walking links in the A1307 area.
The emerging preferred options, subject to decision and further consultation, include:
• A new on-road bus route along the A1307, with a segregated bus link from the Babraham Park & Ride site to Cambridge Biomedical Campus at Addenbrooke’s Hospital to meet the high commuter needs of CBC. The report notes that further work is still needed to see if this should be along the existing road or as a completely new route.
• A new Park & Ride site to the south of the A1307, either east or west of the A11 junction and increasing park and cycle provision at Babraham Park & Ride.
• New or improved cycleways between Babraham and Great Abington and the research parks
• Bus, pedestrian and public realm improvements at Linton
• Various junction, signal and road improvements to support improved bus journeys along the route
• Road safety enhancements between Linton and Horseheath
Part of the A1307 passes through the Gog Magog hills, which are an important part of the historic landscape and have ecological and visual significance. Therefore any proposals for this section would be kept within the bounds of the public highway.
The first Local Liaison Forum for the scheme, keeping community representatives informed and involved as the project develops, is set to take place on Monday 20 February at 18.30 at Linton Village Hall, and is open to the public.
Proposals for dualling the A1307 between Haverhill and Cambridge are currently being pursued separately by Cambridgeshire and Suffolk Councils and the Board is asked to invest £25,000 to allow further traffic modelling work to be undertaken to help inform this work.