The local Green Parties' response to the Combined Authority transport consultation

28 July 2022

The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority is consulting on its long-term strategy to improve transport in our area (see the consultation pages here). 

Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire Green Parties have submitted a joint response. We believe that the draft plan falls far short of the ambitious, strategic document that is needed to transform our transport system. Some of our specific concerns include:

  • An apparent lack of join up or top-down strategy for the various bodies working on transport - City Council, District Council, County Council, Greater Cambridge Partnership, Combined Authority - which is not addressed by this draft plan.
  • The inclusion of 'economic growth' in the objectives. Connectivity and transport policies must be based on a vision that seeks social justice and the well-being of the region’s population, not growth for growth’s sake. 
  • The entirely inadequate objective to reduce climate emissions to net zero by 2050. We need fast, deep cuts in emissions. 2050 is too late. 
  • The approach of continuing to invest in road building projects. Given that we are trying to reduce car journeys, increasing road capacity is contradictory and uneconomic.
  • Very weak wording on the natural environment: we need a firm commitment to protecting existing green space.

Read our full response here


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