Infrastructure - what are we already doing?
Transport was a big influence on the adopted 2018 Local Plans (see glossary). The shared development strategy focused growth in areas where transport by sustainable modes such as walking, cycling and public transport was available or could be achieved.
The Greater Cambridge Partnership (see glossary) is developing a number of transport schemes designed to improve sustainable travel in the area, though supporting walking, cycling and public transport. This includes links between Cambridge and the new settlements at Cambourne, Bourn Airfield and north of Waterbeach. Funding of up to £500m has been secured through the 2014 City Deal, which will be combined with other sources of funding, including from developers.
As the Local Transport Authority, the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority (see glossary) has just finished consulting on a draft Local Transport Plan. The plan has objectives to achieve a ‘world-class transport network’ which meets the needs of residents, businesses, and visitors and deliver sustainable growth.
The Combined Authority is developing plans for a Cambridgeshire Autonomous Metro (CAM). This would build on the work of the Greater Cambridge Partnership by linking destinations in Cambridge, such as the Cambridge Biomedical Campus, City Centre and North East Cambridge, to each other and key corridors out from the city, including to St Ives, Cambourne, Waterbeach, Trumpington, Haverhill and Mildenhall.
Major improvements are also planned to the rail network, including a new station in the south of Cambridge near to Addenbrookes. Government-led plans for a new rail line linking Oxford to Cambridge include a station at either Bassingbourn or Cambourne. The choice of route, expected soon, could significantly influence future growth patterns in Greater Cambridge (see glossary), while the rail line itself will have major environmental implications for South Cambridgeshire’s communities. In particular, the Councils are lobbying the East West Rail Company for the project to achieve biodiversity and wider environmental net gain. The Councils are also involved in a project to improve rail services between Cambridge and the east.
The Greater Cambridge Partnership and the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority are investing in a ‘Smart Cambridge’ programme. This is exploring how data, emerging technology and digital connectivity can be used to transform the way people live, work and travel in the Greater Cambridge area and beyond.
The Connecting Cambridgeshire programme is improving the county’s digital infrastructure: superfast broadband rollout has already reached over 97% of homes and businesses, and is aiming for over 99% coverage countywide in the next two years. Programmes are now being extended to include full fibre networks and improve mobile coverage. Our Local Plan (see glossary) will need to consider how new development can benefit from this infrastructure.
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