A public consultation has opened to have residents share their views on the ‘Making Connections’ proposals.

The proposals are a once-in-a-generation opportunity to change how people 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.

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 whilst raising money to pay for transport improvements.

The feedback has been used to develop a proposed package of measures to change how we travel in Greater Cambridge and the wider area.

Highlights from the proposal include:

  • 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.
  • 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
    • A proposed introduction of a Sustainable Travel Zone that includes a road user charge. Vehicles would be charged for driving within the zone between 7.00 am and 7.00 pm 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.

The consultation is running from Monday, October 17 to midday on Friday, December 14.  

Full details can be found on Greater Cambridge Partnership’s website.

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