Have your say on proposals on travel around Greater Cambridge

19th October 22

Making Connections GCP consultation 2022Making Connections 2022 – a Greater Cambridge Partnership (GCP) consultation on proposals to transform the way people travel in, out and around Greater Cambridge is now open.

We believe the proposed changes could have a big impact on unpaid carers. We want to ensure that you have your voice heard, raise concerns and ask questions that matter to you, your family and your support network.

Therefore, next month we are planning an online and in-person consultation session with the GCP. The sessions will be specifically for carers. If you are interested in attending the session, please email [email protected], and we will keep you updated on dates and times. UPDATE – click here to see dates and times of these events

The GCP have opened a consultation to hear views on changes which they propose will create faster, cheaper, more reliable bus services running from earlier in the day to later at night, as well as more investment in better walking and cycling routes.

Proposed changes

The proposals include:

  • All vehicles moving in and out of a proposed Sustainable Travel Zone (STZ) would pay a flat daily charge between 7am and 7pm on weekdays. Proposed charge for private cars is £5 a day. The zone would not be fully introduced until 2027/28.
  • The zone charge will cover the Cambridge Biomedical Campus, home to Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Royal Papworth Hospital and the Rosie Maternity Hospital.
  • The zone charge aims to improve public spaces in Cambridge, making them more ‘people-centric’.
  • Discounts, exemptions and reimbursements for some, including those on low incomes and blue badge holders.
  • Money generated by the zone would be used to provide better buses and other improvement to the transport network.
  • New bus routes, additional orbital and express services to key sites across the city, and a huge increase in services for villages and towns across the travel to work area.
  • Buses supported by flexible services known as Demand Responsive Transport (DRT) – which you can book and picks you up from near your home.
  • Flat fares to make public transport cheap and accessible for all; with passengers paying £1 to travel in the city and £2 in the travel to work area. Changes proposed for early 2023.

View the Making Connections consultation 2022

Click here to find out more about the changes including details of the proposed Sustainable Travel Zone area, proposed new bus network routes and ways you can have your say.

The consultation closes at midday on 23 December 2022.

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