Getting to and from the campus
Policies linked to transport to and from the Campus are held on several levels:
- National policy deals with the wider strategic aims and objectives of transport policy and does not provide specific detail; it gives general planning principles for the implementation of new development
- County policy contains planning and development policies and objectives for Cambridgeshire
- Local policy defines detailed requirements for development in respect of Cambridge City Council
At the heart of national policy is “a presumption in favour of sustainable development which should be seen as a golden thread running through both plan making and decision making”. Sustainable transport modes are defined as:
“any efficient, safe and accessible means of transport with overall low impact on the environment, including walking and cycling, low and ultra-low emission vehicles, car sharing and public transport”
CBC Travel, Transport and Sustainability Group (TTS)
A campus-wide Travel Transport and Sustainability working group meets on a monthly basis to ensure that the campus is established as a recognised centre of excellence in the provision of environmentally sustainable physical and social infrastructure for the benefit of the campus partners as well as the local and global communities we serve.
The TTS work stream currently has five key goals:
- More sustainable travel management
- Sustainable energy use
- Sustainable waste management
- Sustainable water use
- A sustainable culture
In addition to these, a number of transport infrastructure schemes are being developed across the county and beyond which could benefit people who travel to the campus and the city. Where appropriate, relevant representatives from the campus take part in consultations, make submissions and attend meetings. The schemes are aimed at encouraging people to use sustainable travel where possible, as well as supporting those who already do so, and include bus priority measures in addition to new and improved cycle and pedestrian routes. Information about each of the schemes is available on the following websites:
CBC – towards more sustainable travel management
All partners are currently working towards outcomes of an updated and fully integrated CBC-wide travel plan which will be supported by organisation-specific plans. Current projects the group are working on include but are not limited to:
- Creating a bus management plan for the campus; reviewing existing routes and services and correlating these with catchment areas of staff, patients and visitors; working with transport operators as needed. The plan will also include a review of campus facilities for bus passengers and services to ensure that they are fit for purpose and capable of meeting both current and future demands.
- Improving quality, safety and signage of all designated access points.
- Matching cycle parking capacity with demand for existing and future developments both in terms of numbers and location. There is big demand for cycle parking, with cycling being the most popular mode of travel to and from Campus for staff.
- Reviewing walking and cycling routes to and on Campus and looking at ways to improve these.
- A new train station for the Campus and South Cambridge. This is at an early stage but initial feasibility studies are positive and work is progressing to bring the station to reality.
- Developing proposals to promote sustainable travel including a fully integrated multi-modal journey planner aimed at enabling staff, patients and visitors to make travel choices based on a) the sustainable travel options available to them, and b) their individual needs.
- Ensuring the needs of the campus are fully represented in terms of local transport infrastructure projects such as the City Deal. Relevant examples at present include plans for Hills Road and the A1307( Three Campuses to Cambridge), a Western Orbital bus route, an M11 bus slip road and the Cambridge Access and Capacity Study.
- Creating a new CBC-wide travel plan, plus organisation-specific supportive plans. The current Travel Plan covers the period to 2017 and work is underway to prepare an updated Travel Plan, which will address the big growth happening on Campus and the big opportunities provided by infrastructure changes and the City Deal.