Greater Cambridge Partnership have launched the Making Connections 2022 consultation. Between October 2022 and December 2022, they are inviting everyone living in Greater Cambridge and the travel to work area to have their say on the Making Connections proposals.
The proposals are a once-in-a-generation opportunity to change how we travel in Greater Cambridge and the wider area, relieving pressure on the network and responding to air quality, cost of living and climate crises for a better, cleaner and safer future.
The survey, plus information about the proposals, including maps, frequently asked questions, dates of public meetings and ways you can share your thoughts can be found here: http://www.greatercambridge.org.uk/mc-2022
This consultation follows last year’s Making Connections consultation, when people living and travelling in the area shared their preferred ways to transform the bus network and reduce traffic in the city, while raising money to pay for transport improvements. We have used those views to develop a proposed package of measures to change how we travel in Greater Cambridge and the wider area.
We want to hear your thoughts on the three parts of the proposal:
Transforming the bus network
From mid-2023, we are proposing to transform the bus network through new routes, additional services, cheaper fares and longer operating hours.
To help explain the potential changes, we have created an interactive tool so people can see how their daily journeys would be transformed by more frequent and direct bus services in, out and around the city centre, to villages, workplaces and healthcare sites.
People can click on where they live or where they frequently travel on the interactive map, which is available on our Consult Cambs consultation page, to see how many buses would be available, the cost of a single fare and the time of the first and last bus
Investing in other sustainable travel schemes
Alongside the bus network, we are proposing to invest in new sustainable travel schemes, such as better walking and cycling links.
Creating a Sustainable Travel Zone
We are proposing the introduction of a Sustainable Travel Zone which includes a road user charge. Vehicles would be charged for driving within the zone between 7am and 7pm on weekdays, and money raised would fund improvements to the bus network and other sustainable travel schemes. The Zone would be fully operational in 2027/28 but only once the first bus improvements are introduced.
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