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Support growing for a car-free day in Cambridge

By Josh Thomas | Local Democracy Reporter

Traffic congestion, East Rd. Picture: Keith Heppell
Traffic congestion, East Rd. Picture: Keith Heppell

Support is growing for the idea of a car-free day in Cambridge in a bid to set a precedent for tackling congestion and improving air quality in Cambridge.

A petition, started by campaign group Cambridge Commons, is calling for the city to join London in holding a car-free day on September 22.

The petition says congestion is making Cambridge a worse place to live and pollution from petrol and diesel vehicles leads to poor air quality.

Cllr Lewis Herbert, leader of Cambridge City Council, said it would be good to trial the idea of a carless city on a day where there would be less traffic anyway, but said it would take a lot of work to get the project off the ground.

“We are interested in it and we will see whether we can make it work,” he said. “Several London councils are interested. It would be more possible to try to sort it out on a Sunday to see whether it can work. There is quite a lot of work that needs to be done. Such a project needs to be well thought through.”

Cllr Herbert added there would be a public consultation of options to lower the number of cars coming into the city, and said it remained a priority of the Greater Cambridge Partnership, of which he is a board member.


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