Our Transport Strategy
The draft LTCP vision and objectives set out what a better transport future looks like. The transport strategy guides how it will be achieved.
Cambridgeshire and Peterborough has a mix of busy cities, market towns and rural villages. It is home to about 850,000 people and 42,000 businesses in an area of 340,000 hectares.
Setting a transport strategy which will make sure the vision and goals can be delivered for the whole region is a big challenge.
The graphic to the right shows the range of transport projects across the region which will help us to meet the vision and objectives. These are at different stages of progress – some are being delivered now and some are being planned.
The below summarises our draft strategy to achieve each key transport objective.
- Cutting car use and reliable journeys: Congestion costs time and money. By offering even better public transport and cycling and walking, the draft LTCP aims to cut car journeys, which reduces pressure on roads and improves journeys for all.
- Spreading prosperity: Growth across the region is very uneven. Transport can help to spread that growth from places like Cambridge and Peterborough, further into the region. With better transport across the whole region, more communities can benefit from business and jobs growth and a reduction in inequalities.
- Public transport: Better public transport is needed to offer a better alternative to using the car. Buses need to be more available, frequent, reliable, and affordable. Improved rail services and more joined up journeys between different modes of transport will increase productivity.
- Linking the whole region: There will be focus on better linking up of hamlets, villages, market towns and cities with places of work, education and other services. More cycling and walking options will also link villages, towns and cities, and join up with public transport routes.
- Opening up opportunity: By better connecting the region, inequalities reduce because people have greater access to work, education and other important services and activities. Better connectivity supports a fairer society.
- Supporting growth: District and City Councils in the region set out their housing and growth strategies in Local Plans. For these Local Plans to be more successful and sustainable, the draft LTCP will support transport where growth is planned.
- Digital connectivity: The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Digital Connectivity Infrastructure Strategy is a key part of the draft LTCP. It aims to provide good internet connectivity to all, supporting communities and economic growth and jobs. Better internet coverage will reduce inequalities in wealth and health and can support people to lead more sustainable lives.
- Cut carbon in transport: Reduced carbon emissions will be achieve by investing in better public transport, especially buses and rail. More cycling and walking paths and lanes will also cut carbon from shorter journeys and providing e-bikes and e-scooters increases access further. A more joined-up transport network, that links cycling and walking routes and different types of public transport will also make it a more attractive choice than travelling by car.
- Work locally: The draft LTCP aim to help meet the recommendations of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Independent Commission on Climate to help reduce transport’s impact on climate change. The action taken will be in co-operation with Councils in Cambridgeshire & Peterborough. The draft LTCP will also take into account national targets and guidance on reducing carbon emissions.
- Support electric vehicles: The draft LTCP supports investing in a joined-up vehicle charging network for the region. Zero emission buses and electrified rail is also supported. Part of the LTCP will also be an Alternative Fuels Strategy to reduce reliance on fossil fuels.
- Resilience: Our region is one of the driest in the UK, yet also prone to flooding. Transport can be badly affected by extreme weather and must be protected. The draft LTCP aims to incorporate climate resilience, designing transport which can keep going in extreme weather.
- Pollution: Cutting air pollution through reduced congestion and low or zero emission transport, especially public transport, will help clean up the air. More cycling and walking paths and lanes will also cut out polluting journeys.
- Space for nature: The Combined Authority’s target is to ‘double nature’ – to double the amount of space for an increased amount of biodiversity, meaning different species of plants, animals and other life. The draft LTCP aims to build in space for nature when planning and delivering new transport projects.
- Accessible: Good transport is essential to good public health. The draft LTCP aims to make sure that nobody is excluded from good transport no matter where they live, income, age, gender, disability or any other factors. That means transport, from the smallest detail, like kerb heights, to planning a better public transport network, must meet this challenge. The draft LTCP aims to ensure that public space is designed to transport work better.
- Healthy journeys: Building in more cycling and walking into people’s journeys will help improve public health. More lanes and paths which are convenient and safe will encourage more people to choose active travel over taking the car. If people chose public transport, they are also likely to be more active when getting to and from stations and stops.
- Cleaner air: Cleaner air will make a big difference to public health, cutting down pollution-related illness.
- Prevent harm: The draft LTCP aims to prevent all harm, damage or loss in the design, build and operation of all transport.
- People-centred: Transport will be designed to give people confidence that they can travel safely. Helping people feel safer by good design of public spaces and transport infrastructure will ensure people can use the transport system when they need to, rather than avoiding it because they feel worried.
- Road safety: We work with partners like the police and fire service to reduce accidents on our roads, but the draft LTCP plans to do more.
If you would like to read the full draft LTCP transport strategy section, click here.
A new strategy for buses which increases use and connects more communities will help transform public transport. A new way of operating and funding buses would aim to increase bus use, with the fares generated in turn delivering more services for people. Work to explore how best to reform buses is ongoing.
Increased bus use through better services will support the key goals of the draft LTCP. They include cutting congestion, reducing inequality and improving opportunity, reducing carbon emissions and pollution, and encouraging healthier journeys.
The draft LTCP sets out a three-part bus strategy. Improving bus services to villages through demand-responsive ‘Uber style services’ will help connect more people to towns and cities. Better bus services within and between our major towns and cities will help to link more places of work, education, health, and leisure. And services like shared e-bike
schemes will make shorter journeys to and from bus stops quicker and easier.
Making best use of the available capacity on the whole transport system, including roads and public transport, is part of the draft LTCP strategy.
Called Travel Demand Management (TDM), it aims to reduce pressure on the transport system at certain times or in certain places. An example would be reducing demand on certain roads at busy times. Or a scheme may cut traffic in busy places by offering attractive alternatives, especially public transport and walking or cycling. Another example is a charge for private cars to enter certain busy areas at certain times.
No specific TDM schemes are in the draft LTCP.
The draft LTCP sets out that the key considerations need to be addressed before putting in place any demand management schemes. They include making sure there is consultation with the public and close working with local councils. Where measures aim to reduce car usage, then good alternatives like public transport must be in place.
15% Cut in Car Mileage
One of the recommendations of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Independent Commission on Climate was to reduce the car miles driven on our roads by 15% to help cut carbon emissions. This is supported in the draft LTCP transport strategy through many ways, including making alternatives like public transport and cycling and walking more attractive options.
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