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Harston Residents’ Association: ‘We need a travel plan to rid village of 18,800 vehicles’

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Harston is missing out on transport initiatives aimed at improving public transport around Cambridge, villagers have claimed.

Harston residents say No to Park and Ride. Picture: Keith Heppell. (10837962)
Harston residents say No to Park and Ride. Picture: Keith Heppell. (10837962)

Harston Residents’ Association has produced a video setting out its concerns, which also include the ‘threat’ of a new Park & Ride at Hauxton.

“Today an average of 18,800 vehicles will drive along the A10 through Harston – that’s 10 for every person that lives here. It’s a huge number for a historic village whose school, shops and village hall are all situated on the A10,” one resident explains.

The Greater Cambridge Partnership (GCP)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.

Following feedback from members of the public and the GCP executive board, analysis is currently under way to develop further options for this scheme. The project will then be brought back to the GCP’s joint assembly and executive board in the form of an outline business case.

Harston had one of the highest levels of air pollution in South Cambridgeshire in 2017 and residents fear that it will get worse if something is not done.

“We believe the GCP must focus on sustainable transport solutions, developing rail connectivity as much as possible,” the video explains. “The proposed travel hubs at Foxton, Shepreth and Meldreth, with connections to a South Cambridge rail station are a priority for action – travel solutions that take people where they need to go.”

Pupils at the village school also voiced their concerns, including the difficulties they face crossing the road and the impact pollution has on those with asthma.

The residents’ association is calling for the GCP to press ahead with their proposed travel hubs now and look at providing shuttle buses to transport people from stations to employment areas.

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