A Connected Place
We know that investment in transport infrastructure must go hand in hand with development and we believe that this location has the fundamentals of a truly sustainable and connected development. Just three miles from one of the largest areas of employment in the region, the site has existing rail connections, which can be improved and has the potential for significant investment in effective cycle and prioritised bus connections to Cambridge and beyond. We are playing an active role in developing solutions at a strategic and local level which will help to both address the existing road issues, but also provide capacity for new homes: not just here but along the A10 corridor.
The corridor running from the North of Cambridge to the North of Ely and beyond has been recognised by local, central government and statutory partners as a key priority for supporting Cambridgeshire’s growth and providing the infrastructure needed to ensure people can get about. The A10 Transport Corridor Study has been set up directly to develop an agreed set of solutions, which public and private investment – including ours – can then deliver. It will report over the next few months. Solving these issues is essential to putting in place the necessary infrastructure for the growth along the corridor including further development of the Northern Fringe of Cambridge and the expanding Science Park, business parks and the Cambridge Research Park. We will actively play our part with partners in developing, supporting and inputting funding to these agreed solutions.
We will also invest from day one in interim solutions which support the early delivery of homes, and will help fund the strategic interventions when they come forward.
The proposals being put forward include:
- Principal access will be achieved through two junctions from the A10 – a northern junction off the existing Cambridge Research Park roundabout and a southern junction at a point north of the existing A10/Denny End Road junction. The southern access is within an area of flexibility and will be determined in a future phase.
- Two existing vehicle access points on Denny End Road will used. The access west of Stirling House will be used for construction traffic and buses only. The existing barracks access will not be open to general traffic other than for public transport, pedestrians, cycles and limited local traffic to be agreed through a management scheme.
- The principal public transport interchanges will be provided in or adjoining the defined centres and a Park&Ride facility will be linked to the public transport network and include cycle facilities.
- At least 80% of homes will be located within 400m of a bus stop, primary school or a defined centre.
- Cycle and pedestrian connections will be made from the application site to Waterbeach village, Cambridge Research Park and the boundary with Denny Abbey.
- New pedestrian access links will be created from the site to Denny End Road, where it adjoins the proposed strategic open space, across the A10 south of the Cambridge Research Park roundabout, to Landbeach and Cottenham, and to Cody Road in the south-east corner of the Application Site.
- A re-instated causeway link will be made between the barracks entrance and the northern edge of the site constituting a continuous and legible pedestrian/cycle route from the Application Site boundary with Waterbeach village to the northern boundary of the Site (towards Denny Abbey). The link will be of varying character and function, along streets through green spaces and on segregated footpaths.
- The causeway alignment from north of the lake to the northern boundary of the Site (towards Denny Abbey) will be retained and enhanced where necessary.
- Three principal points of vehicular access onto the adjacent land are shown to facilitate comprehensive development of the wider strategic site.
- Construction access to be agreed as part of the planning process, but with a commitment for no construction traffic to come through the village.
- The implementation of this transport infrastructure comes forward through two distinct but connected elements to the transport strategy.
Early investment in infrastructure
In advance of the strategic schemes to be determined by the A10 study, Urban&Civic have developed a package of measures to support early development in advance of the strategic improvements. The measures represent a suite of deliverable improvements and investments which address existing gaps in infrastructure and create early capacity ahead of the strategic scheme. The measures equate to about £12-15m investment in transport infrastructure ahead of a contribution to the strategic solution, and include:
- Cycle: putting in place a direct, safe and dedicated cycle connection from the new development to Cambridge, Landbeach and Cottenham by the time of first occupation. Additional works to create a safe cycle route between the development, Waterbeach Rail Station and Cambridge Research Park are also being explored.
With 37% of people using a bike commuting to work in the Cambridge area, and some key employment locations just a few miles away, across a flat landscape, early investment in the infrastructure to enable high rates of cycle commuting north of the City – and forge connections with other public transport links – are essential.
- Bus: delivering an extension to Park and Ride sservices from the Milton Park and Ride, which would also serve Landbeach, Waterbeach and the Cambridge Research Park, and providing a bus connection every 20 minutes to the City. We will also look to ensure this can support a local shuttle bus service to Waterbeach rail station during peak times, working with the Parish Council to address parking issues for Waterbeach village around the station.
- Road: investment in a new arm of the Cambridge Research Park roundabout, which will provide the first access to the new development: protecting the existing village. This work will be alongside proposed improvements to Stretham roundabout and Denny End junction to better manage the flow of traffic at these pinch points.
- Rail: investment in facilities at the existing rail station – which may be ultimately be relocated as part of the wider investment in infrastructure – including:
- Longer platforms (to be delivered by Network Rail)
- Improved Cycle parking
- Taxi drop-off
On Rail, Urban&Civic are keen to work with partners to find the best approach to not only bringing forward an enhanced rail station – in terms of the facilities, parking and transport connections – but also with more frequent services stopping there. It remains committed to working with all partners to invest in the right means of transport to get people out of their cars and onto buses, bikes and trains, and sees rail as playing a key role in that. It continues to work with partners to understand the best timing and location of that investment, as the investment in Ely junction and the North Cambridge station come forward.
Strategic A10 Transport Mitigation
Beyond the early phases, a package of major new transport infrastructure improvements are being developed through the A10 (North) Transport Corridor Study, which is looking along the length of the A10 growth corridor from the north of Cambridge to the North of Ely. The study will develop a range of planned improvements which include:
- Highways improvements and capacity
- Guided Bus and Park and Ride services
- improved rail services and infrastructure
- cycling and pedestrian infrastructure and initiatives.
Once these improvements are agreed, the development will make a significant investment to support them coming forward. As the roll-out of the development will be phased, construction will be timed to ensure that transport impacts are managed and aligned with the creation of new transport capacity. This will be achieved through a monitoring and management review system agreed with the County Council and planning authorities.