The Greater Cambridge Partnership wants to put a huge new 2,000-space Park and Ride on green belt land at Hauxton, south-west of the A10/ M11 Junction 11.
We believe that bringing huge volumes of traffic to the very edge of the City is the wrong approach. It greatly disadvantages the rural communities which surround Cambridge without adding new public transport infrastructure. The switch from car to public transport should start further out, particularly where there are train stations on the routes into Cambridge.
Park & Ride sites will increase traffic in South Cambridgeshire even if they reduce traffic in the City, precisely because they strip villages of viable bus routes and essentially subsidise parking for car owners.
Each scheme proposed by the GCP for Hauxton P&R includes access/ egress from the A10 – hence enhanced traffic flow, drawn by the Park and Ride facility, through Harston.
Hauxton may be the CGP’s “preferred” site for a new Park & Ride but we don’t believe it’s the best of the four options tabled – or that alternative options have been fully explored.
Thankfully, following the GCP’s Exec meeting in March 2018, they have agreed to pause to consider traffic and transport issues more holistically. Watch this space!