Corridors into Chesterton: A10 study response


On Thursday 8th February, the County Council's Economy and Environment Committee will consider a study into the future of the A10 corridor: item 7 on this agenda .  Along with fellow Lib Dem Councillors I've submitted a response to it.

In addition to the joint response I've stated that the corridor should include segregated cycleways.

It is vital to prioritise the provision of accessible, affordable, attractive, convenient and reliable public transport, with smart ticketing, to encourage modal shift and minimise congestion in the A10 corridor.

High quality mass public transport needs to be at the heart of thinking about the A10 corridor, for economic, health and wellbeing, and environmental reasons.

  • The popularity of the guided bus, whatever issues remain outstanding, is
    proof of concept that a reliable, accessible public transport system can
    achieve significant modal shift. An effective high quality public transport
    system with sufficient capacity and interchanges along the route is
    essential.
  • Drivers are not keen to change to a different mode of transport once they
    have set out, unless it is significantly cheaper, more convenient and more
    attractive than to continue by car. It is important to enable travellers to
    start their public transport journey as close to home as possible.
  • For many residents, taking the bus to Cambridge is more expensive than
    taking the car. Public transport needs to be affordable, and ticketing
    needs to be smart and straightforward with cashless alternatives even for
    short journeys.
  • The growth of employment at locations including Lancaster Way business
    park, Ely leisure village and Waterbeach will require attractive public
    transport options for people travelling to work other than in Cambridge.
    Any proposal for the A10 corridor should maintain connectivity between villages
    east and west of the A10, including Chittering, Landbeach, Waterbeach and
    Milton, whilst inhibiting rat-running. The Stagecoach 9 bus service which
    currently serves these villages on its route between Ely and Cambridge has been
    reduced in recent months.

The exact route of the corridor will raise significant questions, including potentially the compulsory purchase of properties fronting the A10 between Chittering and the A14, or the selection of a different alignment across county farms between Landbeach and Cottenham. The choice of route could affect the Amey waste management site, the Cambridge Research Park, Car Dyke historic
monument and other significant features along the corridor.


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