Villages speed towards new rural travel hubs

The pilot hubs, to be funded by the Greater Cambridge Partnership, might be travel interchanges which can be tailor-made for particular person areas. They might embody new sheltered bus stops, safe cycle parking, cycle lockers and further automobile parking. They might be situated near present railway stations, bus stops and cycleways and strolling routes.

South Cambridgeshire District Council officers led discussions with Parishes to make sure proposals had been community-led and applicable for every space. This work has contributed to Oakington, Sawston and Whittlesford being proposed as areas the place additional amenities might most enhance entry to public transport, and tempt individuals out of their vehicles.

Plans for the three pilot areas might be mentioned on the Greater Cambridge Partnership’s Joint Assembly on Thursday 18 January, and Executive Board on Thursday eight February. If accepted, full enterprise instances for 2 of the rural travel hubs might be drawn up, together with anticipated building prices. Residents and companions in every of the three areas would then be invited to assist form new amenities at their hub.

The instructed hub at Oakington can be close to Station Road, subsequent to the Guided Busway and adjoining footway and cycle path. The amenities proposed embody safe cycle parking and cycle lockers, a cease with room to turnaround for a bus, a drop off space and greater than 40 automobile parking areas.

Sawston’s potential hub might see new sheltered bus stops, a drop-off space, safe cycle parking, cycle lockers and 50 automobile parking areas. It may very well be set as much as the north of the village, near the junction of the A1301 and Cambridge Road. This location would assist residents profit from improved connectivity to Shelford Railway Station, a number of bus routes and the National Cycle Network.

A rural travel hub for Whittlesford is proposed on a website south of Royston Road, west of the village’s railway station. This may be alongside a bus cease and a National Cycle Network path. The proposal for Whittlesford consists of safe cycle parking and lockers, greater than 200 automobile parking areas and 12 devoted disabled areas. This hub might be thought-about as half of a bigger session train across the redevelopment of Whittlesford Station.

The feasibility research that has progressed these proposals thus far was commissioned by the Greater Cambridge Partnership final 12 months, and noticed South Cambridgeshire District Council officers tasked with main the preliminary levels of the venture. Their research included gathering views from native communities and dealing with a number of parishes on how the hubs might work for them.

Cllr Peter Topping, Leader of South Cambridgeshire District Council, mentioned: “We know our rural villages can and should be better connected, so we’re making every effort to make it easier to get around, whether into Cambridge or to shops in the next village along. That’s why we’ve championed the idea of rural travel hubs for several months. Having extra facilities near a bus stop or train station could be the spur that makes it more realistic for people to get out of their cars and use public transport. We’ve worked hard to make sure every proposed solution is tailor-made for each village as this is not a one size fits all idea, and I’m keen to see how each scheme develops. We’ll also of course continue working with partners, like the Greater Cambridge Partnership, County Council and Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority to improve transport links across South Cambridgeshire.”

An instance of what a hub might appear to be is already in place in Swavesey, alongside the Guided Busway observe. Facilities there embody coated cycle parking with CCTV, a bicycle pump, sheltered bus stops and a carpark with drop-off factors. The Swavesey interchange additionally has a shared foot and cycle path to close by Over.

A full report on this matter might be accessible from the Greater Cambridge Partnership on Monday eight January.

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