Options for a new busway to provide people with faster, more reliable public transport between Cambridge and Waterbeach are out to public consultation.

The Greater Cambridge Partnership has launched a consultation on two route options for the Waterbeach to Cambridge busway and a new Park & Ride (P&R) site.

The scheme, part of the GCP’s future transport network plans, would give greater access to people travelling to work, education and meeting friends and family.

It would also help to cut congestion on the A10 and supports the planned Waterbeach New Town development, where 11,000 new homes are expected to be built.

People can have their say on two route options for the proposed busway – a western option and a revised central option. Both would provide direct bus services between the city and Waterbeach New Town, including fast and frequent services to a relocated Waterbeach railway station and the Cambridge Research Park.

There are three options for a new Waterbeach P&R off the A10 near Waterbeach New Town. This site could include cycle parking, e-scooter hire, electric charging points, click and collect services and would be in addition to the Milton P&R.

Butt Lane would be upgraded as part of the scheme, with improvements to walking and cycling links along the route to encourage people to leave their cars at home.

Cllr Elisa Meschini, chair of the GCP’s executive board, said: “The A10 is a key and heavily congested route in and out of Cambridge, which is likely to get even busier with the planned creation of thousands of new homes at Waterbeach.

“Our proposals for a new busway, active travel links and park and ride will complement the railway to give people more options, with faster and frequent services to the places they need to go to create a better transport network.”

This is the second consultation on the project, after people were asked for their views on route options in 2020, alongside further engagement in 2021.

The responses will be used to develop an outline business case and a preferred route which will be presented to the GCP’s Executive Board in the summer.

People can view the options and have their say on the proposals here.

The consultation closes at midday on Friday 24 March.

Image source: Greater Cambridge Partnership

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