Cambridge needs transport planning powers

September 16, 2007 9:00 AM

Lib Dems in Cambridge have called for better regulation and planning of public transport in the Cambridge area.

Lib Dems on the City Council have responded to a Government consultation on the draft Local Transport Bill asking for a Passenger Transport Authority for the Cambridge sub-region to be explored. This authority would bring together Cambridge City Council, South Cambridgeshire District Council and Cambridgeshire County Council with additional powers to plan transport in the area.

Leader of Cambridge City Council, Ian Nimmo-Smith, commented:

"We need much better bus services in the Cambridge area. A radical improvement in public transport is essential if we are to persuade more people out of their cars and on to public transport, walking and cycling.

"A proper transport plan is essential in order to deal with Cambridge's growth. Massive investment in public transport infrastructure must be put in place now otherwise Cambridge will struggle under the weight of the increased traffic.

"A Passenger Transport Authority for Cambridge would give local authorities more powers to make sure that Cambridge gets the public transport system it needs. At the moment local authorities do not have the powers to set bus routes or timetables and passengers can be at the mercy of private bus companies. We need this to change."

Cambridge MP David Howarth backed the call, saying:

Ian Nimmo-Smith

Councillor Ian Nimmo-Smith

"I am pleased to support the City Council in this. The Cambridge area is experiencing rapid growth and so we need the power locally to plan properly for how public transport will be provided for residents old and new."

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