What are the options for dealing with the transport congestion
of the Cambridge area and what are the best ways of coping with the extra
transport demand from future growth?
These questions were at the heart of the first seminar of
Cambridge Futures 2, held at Madingley Hall in November 2001.
Presentations were given by speakers at the centre of dealing with the
practical issues. They outlined the the range of possible ways forward, and the
processes involved in planning new developments.
The presentations were as follows:
Current Transport Policies for the Cambridge Sub-Region
Brian Smith, Director of Environment and Transport at Cambridgeshire County
Cambridge to Huntingdon Multi-Modal Study
Bill Wyley, Mouchel
Cambridge Area Metro
Colin Brader, CRTS, Northampton & Mike May, SDG
Cycling in and around Cambridge
David Earl, Cambridge Cycling Campaign
Other Policies: Demand Management & Highway Investment
M Echenique, Director of Cambridge Futures
Over 80 delegates attended, drawn from business, academia, local
authorities and the public. The presentations provoked lively discussion with
many questions and expressing a range of viewpoints.
There was a general consensus on the need to improve highways,
public transport and cycleways. The most controversial aspects of demand
management by charging drivers to enter Cambridge was generally accepted, but
the difficulty of gaining public acceptance was noted.
Cambridge Futures will test these options and report the results
for public discussion.