Transport Matters & Greater Cambridge City Deal

CambridgePPF Transport and City Deal

Cambridge’s chronic traffic congestion risks jeopardising the future prosperity of the city. Key staff for our expanding high-tech sector will not want to work in Cambridge if they are forced to live way out of town where house prices are more affordable if this means spending hours every day sitting in traffic jams trying to get to work. Resolving this problem will require creative thinking. With the £500million from the City Deal, there is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to do something really original and innovative. Unfortunately such high aspirations do not seem to be on the City Deal’s agenda.

The funding is to be targeted mainly at engineering projects designed to improve the traffic flow at bottlenecks, when evidence shows all this does is simply to move the congestion further down the road. CambridgePPF believes that what is needed is a fundamental re-think of the balance between the demand for road use by drivers and the capacity of the road network to accommodate this demand. The City Deal approach focuses on increasing capacity with the bulk of the funding allocated to engineering projects. We doubt whether on its own this will make the long-term difference we need. Instead we argue that investment in capacity must be accompanied by measures to reduce demand as part of a balanced package. We believe that drivers will give up their cars only if there is a reliable, efficient, and cheap (preferably free) public transport alternative, and that the best way of providing this alternative is for those who wish to continue using their cars to pay.

Some form of user charge could provide a sustainable source of funding to subsidise an efficient P&R bus service. This payment would need to include both internal city dwellers as well as external commuters. By combining with an emission charge so that bigger cars pay more, this will help make the charge more socially equitable whilst improving the city’s air quality. This approach and a number of other recommendations are set out in our statements below. The following button will take you directly to the Greater Cambridge City Deal website.


Check our submissions regularly for responses to City Deal and Transport issues below!

Latest CambridgePPF Submissions on City Deal:

CambridgePPF has issued a statement on the City Deal on 15 December 2016. View the full statement here.

CambridgePPF publishes press release on reconsideration of congestion charging since control points are being scrapped- cambridgeppf-asks-citydeal-reconsider-congestion-charge-final

CambridgePPF submits response to the initial A428 Cambourne to Cambridge options- cambridgeppf-resp-to-a428-corridor-101016

CambridgePPF submits response to consultation on Tackling Congestion- cambridgeppf-resp-to-tackling-congestion-101016


Older submissions:

CambridgePPF resp to A1307 consult 010816

CPPF CityDeal Board Letter. 07.06.16

CambridgePPF press release on Congestion Reduction Package – City Deal

FINAL CambridgePPF Chisholm Trail 121115

FINAL CambridgePPF rsp Cambourne_Cambridge 041115

CambridgePPF resp Milton_Histon City Deal 150216

CambridgePPF City Deal Western Orbital final response 7.3.16


CambridgePPF Statements on Transport Matters:

CPPF Transport Statement Final 18.5.16

CambridgePPF Transport Strategy

CambridgePPF Case for a Congestion Charge

Congestion Charge Presentation

Chairman, Robin Pellew, recently gave a speech to the local residents of Cambridge on the some of the City Deal proposals. This focused mainly on congestion charging as part of an overall package of recommendations to the City Deal Executives. In addition, CambridgePPF’s preferences and comments on the Cambourne to Cambridge public consultation.   Click on the link below to see this presentation: CambridgePPF presentation to residents Congestion Charge

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