What is the LTCP?
The Local Transport and Connectivity Plan (LTCP) is the Combined Authority’s long-term strategy to improve transport in Cambridgeshire & Peterborough.
The region’s transport system affects people’s quality of life and life chances, our environment and our economy. It brings our communities closer together, supports business and connects people to education, retail, leisure and work.
It is therefore essential we have a plan in place make our transport better, faster, safer and more reliable. It must help address the big issues like climate change, inequality, and public health.
Why does the plan need to change?
The Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority is required by law to make and maintain a Local Transport Plan for the region.
The first Local Transport Plan was put in place in early 2020. Since then, many changes have taken place which means it needs an overhaul.
We’ve included the word ‘connectivity’in the name of the plan, because the internet has changed how we travel. For example, many more people work or learn from home. There is more online shopping and more leisure and entertainment is now offered digitally. It all means fewer journeys.
Others use their phones and other devices to buy tickets and check travel information on the go.
A new transport future is needed and that means we need to look again at the Local Transport Plan. Some of those big changes include:
- The election of Mayor Dr Nik Johnson, and his focus on the values of Compassion, Cooperation and Community
- The Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Independent Commission on Climate’s recommendations on how the region can decarbonise
- The Government’s new plans to cut carbon set out in: (a) Decarbonisation of Transport Plan and (b) The Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution
- Covid-19 and the long-term effects on how we travel
- The Government’s new national cycling and walking policy
- Government plans to grow the OxCAM Arc – the region between Oxfordshire and Cambridgeshire & Peterborough.
The Local Transport and Connectivity Plan will take account of these changes, first in the form of an overall vision and set of priorities.
How has the draft vision been developed?
As well as the big changes outlined around climate change and the impact of Covid-19, we have used regional data and had discussions with our partners, like our local councils
As part of the process of setting out the vision, we have collected a range of evidence to identify the current situation, challenges and opportunities where transport will make a difference.
Other projects and consultations
The Combined Authority is soon to consult on its plans to reform buses in the region, which could mean a new franchised bus system. More information on this will be available in the near future.
The Combined Authority is working with local partners in developing its Local Transport & Connectivity Plan.
The Greater Cambridge Partnership, which has funding from Government to improve transport in and around the city, is consulting on its City Access Strategy. To find out more, visit: www.greatercambridge.org.uk/city-access
The Greater Cambridge Partnership is also consulting on its Eastern Access transport project. To find out more, visit: www.greatercambridge.org.uk/public-transport-schemes/cambridge-eastern-access
Cambridge City Council and South Cambridgeshire District Council are both consulting on their joint Local Plan. To find out more, visit: consultations.greatercambridgeplanning.org
Have your say
We are making a plan for better transport in Cambridgeshire & Peterborough and we want your views.