The Transport Options

What Transport for Cambridge? 

What options have we considered? 

Cambridge Futures Phase 2 tested a number of transport options to represent the Structure Plan policies, (the Base Case), plus additional measures to represent the main instruments of transport policy, namely:

  • non-motorised modes (cycling and walking)
  • public transport (extending the proposed rapid transit system)
  • highways (an orbital road), and
  • demand management (congestion charging).

Each of these distinct options was tested separately to clearly demonstrate its effects. A combination of the options was also tested. A report has been published to describe the study and its findings, along with a video. A public exhibition has been held at a number of venues in and around Cambridge summarising the study with a questionnaire survey to find out public preferences. A final seminar is planned for February 2004 to announce the results of the public consultation.

A range of options was originally considered but the number that could be tested was limited by the resources available to the study. Options were not tested if they would have either:

  • been difficult to for this study to test, (e.g., high occupancy vehicle lanes, human transporter, and reducing the need to travel), or
  • if they are generally thought to be less effective forms of the options tested. For example, workplace charging levy is a type of demand management but would not demonstrate the effects of demand management as clearly as congestion charging.


See the results

You can see the results of the study in a number of formats:

You can see a Summary of the Study online this is based on the text and graphics used in the roving exhibition.

Printed Report download an order form for the report

Video download an order form for the video/DVD.