What do you think about our vision and priorities?
The Local Transport and Connectivity plan needs a central vision to guide transport policies and projects. We have updated the vision to respond to the big changes affecting transport.
We are asking people what they think about the current draft vision and a set of supporting key aims and objectives. What people say will influence what the final vision looks like.
So far we think that the vision for the future of transport in Cambridgeshire & Peterborough should be:
A transport network which secures a future in which the region and its people can thrive.
It must put improved public health at its core, it must help create a fairer society, it must respond to climate change targets, it must protect our environment and clean up our air, and it must be the backbone of sustainable economic growth in which everyone can prosper.
And it must bring a region of cities, market towns and very rural areas closer together.
It will be achieved by investing in a properly joined-up, net zero carbon transport system, which is high quality, reliable, convenient, affordable, and accessible to everyone. Better, cleaner public transport will reduce private car use, and more cycling and walking will support both healthier lives and a greener region. Comprehensive connectivity, including digital improvements, will support a sustainable future for our region’s nationally important and innovative economy.
The Local Transport and Connectivity Plan will look at big challenges linked to transport. You can share your own views on these in your feedback. Some of the main challenges are:
Good transport supports better health for people. The plan will look at ways transport can help make people healthier.
Cutting air pollution with cleaner transport will have huge benefits for people’s heart health and breathing. Fewer car journeys, more public transport use and more cycling and walking will all help. Outdoor air pollution is estimated to cost 40,000 lives in the UK every year.
The plan will guide how Cambridgeshire and Peterborough can cut carbon missions to net zero by 2050. The Combined Authority is also acting following the recommendations of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Independent Commission on Climate. Several of thoserecommendations are to reduce carbon emissions from transport and number of trips made by the private car.
Protecting and making better our green spaces and improving nature can both be supported with a well-planned and good quality transport network.
Loss of habitats and plant and animal species continues. Without healthy ecosystems, public health also suffers. The Combined Authority wants to increase biodiversity in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. That means finding ways in which transport can support greater numbers of different types of plants, insects, animals and other life in the region.
The best transport is also the safest. The plan will look at how we can avoid all harm,damage or loss from using transport of all kinds.
The Covid-19 pandemic saw major changes to how we travel. There was a lot more home working, more online shopping, people kept in touch with family on video calls and more leisure took place online. All this meant less use of cars, buses and trains. High streets were also quieter.
With more houses planned to be built and a growing economy, transport must keep up. The plan will look at how transport can support future growth.
Cambridgeshire and Peterborough has a mix of cities, market towns and villages. Some parts are better connected with transport than others. Some suffer from lack of good public transport, congested or poor roads, and few cycling and walking options. A particular problem for people in some rural areas is not having access to a car or good public transport. Improving transport in areas which need it most will help make the region fairer and supportlocal economies.
More information on the challenges we face can be found here: Key Challenges
The key aims and objectives
Supporting the vision are key aims and objectives which will guide our transport future.
Again, we have set out what we think they could be, for your feedback.
To support those key aims and objectives, there are a number of thiings we can do to improve transport. Some examples are given below. We will look in more detail at some of these as we develop the Local Transport & Connectivity Plan further.
Thank you for your comments. These will be analysed and used to make the full Local Transport and Connectivity Plan.
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