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County Traffic plans fail to satisfy 9 our of 10 residents

March 28, 2006 12:00 PM

City Councillor for Queen Edith's, Alan Baker, has today released new information on parking problems in the City.

Coun Baker carried out a survey of residents in Queen Edith's ward and found that:

Almost 9 out of 10 people (87%) were not satisfied with the County Council's traffic management measures (The County, not the City, Council is the Highways Authority)

Just over half thought congestion charging should be introduced for vehicles coming into Cambridge from outside the city's boundary.

60% wanted the charge for using Park & Ride to be for parking and not for riding (except for those getting on at a bus stop between the parking site and the city centre).

Almost 9 out of 10 people (86%) wanted to see the County Council change its policy to allow waiting restrictions on suburban roads not only to improve safety and access but also to deter parking by commuters.

Coun Baker commented:

"Traffic has doubled in Cambridge over the last 20 years and is likely to go on growing. Existing traffic management measures cannot cope with parking problems in suburban Cambridge.

"I have been arguing for two years since becoming a member of the traffic advisory committee to the County that the County Council's parking policy for Cambridge is out of date and ineffectual (because it simply displaces car parking from one road to another instead of discouraging the use of cars).

"I am pleased that at last the County has recently agreed to review its parking policy. We should consider more residents-only parking schemes in roads with little or no off-street parking; and we should consider providing more residential suburban roads that do have off-street parking with waiting restrictions on alternate sides of these roads from 9am to 5pm or even for just a short period at the beginning of the working day. These measures would limit the adverse impact of commuter parking on our quiet residential neighbourhoods.

"We also need to encourage greater use of the Park & Ride and other public and private (school) bus services. And, of course, we need to encourage the schools and colleges to put some teeth into their Green Travel Plans ¡V the school run is one of the major causes of traffic congestion between 8am and 9am."