Cambridgeshire launches consultation for new transport strategy

RESIDENTS are being asked to have their say on what transport should look like in Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire.

Cambridgeshire County Council is consulting on what the new transport strategy for the city and surrounding South Cambridgeshire should look like.

Cambridge City and South Cambridgeshire are popular places to live and work, where new jobs are being created and further growth is being planned to support this growth in the economy. The Councils want to ensure the transport system meets the needs of those who live and work in the area both now and in the future, so that people can access jobs and the services they need as well as continue to enjoy a high quality of life.

A new strategy will identify how the transport system can be improved into the longer term, so that the transport network can continue to meet the needs of local people as the population grows.

The County Council is working together with Cambridge City Council and South Cambridgeshire District Council on the consultation which will run from June 15 through to September 28.

There will be a series of exhibitions in the area and people can make their views known at these or online at

The results will help discussions on the levels and location of future growth and development in these areas.

The consultation paper will ask for resident’s views on the transport issues and challenges faced in the area as well as the proposed strategy vision and objectives and the types of measures that could be implemented to deal with transport in the future.

The view of residents and organisations will help shape the new strategy.

Cambridgeshire County Councillor Ian Bates, Member for Growth and Planning, said, “Good transport links are vital to help grow our local economy, improve health and the quality of life for residents. Further growth is being planned and we need to explore how best to accommodate this while improving accessibility and reducing congestion. The views of residents and local organisations will be vital in shaping this new strategy.

“We are working in partnership with Cambridge City Council and South Cambridgeshire District Council to develop a long-term transport strategy at the same time as Local Plans are being developed. This provides a real opportunity to look at the bigger picture and ensure that growth is planned for in an integrated way, and that we take into account residents’ quality of life, health and well being from the start.”

This consultation ends on September 28 2012. We will then consider your views and feedback and produce a draft transport strategy. The draft strategy will then be made available for consultation at the same time as Cambridge City Council and South Cambridgeshire District Council consider their draft Local Plans in 2013.