1 July 2022
Cambridgeshire residents are currently being consulted on three significant plans relating to transport and travel in our area. Cambridge Green Party has clear policies on transport and we'll be responding to reiterate our positions. It is also important that the local authorities hear from as many people as possible, so here are the consultation details in case you want to respond. We'll share our responses as soon as they're ready.
Cambridge Green Party has long opposed these proposals. Regardless of any mitigation that is put in place, the busway will destroy green belt land, is opposed by a majority of residents, has high embedded carbon costs, and is not an effective way to tackle traffic congestion. The Greater Cambridge Partnership needs to properly assess the alternatives. The busway proposal is also opposed by Cambridge Past, Present and Future, and Smarter Cambridge Transport have produced a detailed report setting out a better approach.
Cambridge Green Party strongly supports the principle of limiting motor vehicle journeys while improving public transport links and making active travel safer and more enjoyable. It is essential that this is done in a way that benefits everyone, including disabled people and others with particular transport needs. Camcycle has produced a helpful set of suggested responses to the consultation questions.
Cambridge Green Party responded to the 2021 consultation, which was about 'shaping' this plan. The current consultation is seeking views on the draft plan itself. Our initial reactions are that we continue to strongly disagree with the focus on growth, and are extremely concerned at the lack of urgency shown in the 'ambition' for tackling climate change. We will be looking more at the specific proposals in the draft plan and will share our views here.