Waterbeach to Cambridge project could overhaul travel with new busway

A new busway is proposed to connect Cambridge to Waterbeach along with a travel hub and path for walkers and cyclists
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The Greater Cambridge Partnership has proposed plans to make it easier to travel between the new town of Waterbeach and Cambridge. The plans, which hope to help locals avoid delays on the A10, include a new busway, a path for pedestrians and cyclists and a travel hub west of the A10.

The busway would connect the new town of Waterbeach, which is bringing thousands of new homes to the area, and north Cambridge via Landbeach and the Milton Park and Ride. It would be a single carriageway road for buses only, with an access track alongside for maintenance and emergency services. Walkers and cyclists could also use this track.

The travel hub is planned for west of the A10 near Denny End Road in Waterbeach, with a visitor building, waiting areas and more than 1,000 parking spaces. The hub should give drivers an easier way to commute into Cambridge and reduce strain on the roads.

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Locals are now being asked for their views on how to best manage and reduce the scheme’s impacts on the environment, which will help decide the scheme proposals, the environmental impact assessment and if any alternatives should be considered.

In September last year, the Greater Cambridge Partnership's executive board chose to move forward with the busway route option shown below, which includes Landbeach, and site option C for the travel hub to the west of the new town of Waterbeach. Two public consultations between 2020 and 2023 informed these decisions.

The proposed busway route
The proposed busway route -Credit:GCP

Councillor Elisa Meschini, Chair of the GCP's Executive Board, said: "With thousands of new homes being built at Waterbeach New Town, it is vital we deliver better transport infrastructure to give people choice in how they travel to Cambridge.

"This scheme will connect people to the city, key employment sites and colleges in the north of Cambridge, and the St Ives busway helping people travel quickly and easily to work, school and leisure.

"While we have already agreed the route following previous public consultations, we would like to hear your views on how to best manage and reduce the scheme's impacts on the environment. We want to ensure it is a project we can all be proud of."

The consultation is due to close at midday on July 15. You can click here for more details about the project or here to complete the survey.

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