Have your say on active travel and the future of transport near you
Residents are being asked for their views on three new strategies setting the transport vision for Fenland and Huntingdonshire, and for active travel across Cambridgeshire.
The consultation for the Fenland and Huntingdonshire transport strategies and the active travel strategy for Cambridgeshire will begin on Monday 26 September and run for six weeks until Monday 7 November.
The consultation will involve in-person events across Cambridgeshire and a short online survey.
Since 2017, responsibility for producing a Local Transport Plan (LTP) has passed from the county council to the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority. The LTP sets the overarching transport policies for the area.
The Combined Authority has recently consulted on its refreshed LTP, the Local Transport and Connectivity Plan (LTCP) which is being developed with input from the county council. These three new strategies will sit under the LTCP. The council will use the strategies to decide investment priorities and ensure effective implementation of the LTCP. They will also support and compliment the Local Plans, which shape land use.
The active travel strategy aims to make active travel the 'go to' option for local journeys. Active travel investment can have an all-round positive impact in terms of increasing the number of journeys travelled by foot or cycle, improving the environment, improving air quality, and improving the health and wellbeing of the community. Active travel is one of the steps individuals can take to help reach zero carbon targets.
The transport strategies for Fenland and Huntingdonshire will provide the strategy and an action plan of schemes to address the transport challenges facing those districts, whilst also looking at sustainable access to services and a safe and healthy environment.
Cllr Neil Shailer, vice-chair of the Highways and Transport Committee, said: "It's important people get involved in these consultations, we want to hear from everyone about active travel - it is more important than ever as we aim to reach our ambitious target of the county becoming carbon net zero by 2045.
"We want to put the health and wellbeing of our residents at the centre and that is why active travel is one of the Joint Administrations' top priorities. This strategy will go a long way to making Cambridgeshire a healthier, cleaner and more inclusive place to live and work in.
"We also want to hear from those in Fenland and Huntingdonshire about providing sustainable access to key services, supporting growth and overcoming those transport challenges - the strategies will consider everyone, we understand there will need to be different approaches between urban and rural areas."
Have your say
The consultation surveys will be available online from Monday 26 September.
The draft strategies, the survey and the opportunity to speak to staff from the transport planning team will be available at the following events:
- Ramsey Market: Saturday 1 October, from 10am until 1pm
- Tesco superstore Huntingdon: Saturday 1 October, from 2pm until 5pm
- St Neots Market: Thursday 6 October, from 10am until 1pm
- Waitrose St Ives: Thursday 6 October, from 2pm until 5pm
- March Market: Wednesday 12 October, from 9am until midday
- Tesco superstore Chatteris: Wednesday 12 October, from 2pm until 5pm
- Whittlesey Market: Friday 14 October, from 9am until midday
- Wisbech Market: Friday 14 October, from 12.30pm until 3pm
- Grafton Centre, Cambridge: Wednesday 19 October, from 10am until 3pm
- Ely Market: Thursday 27 October, from 10am until 3pm
There will also be information located in libraries across the county, so residents who are unable to access the internet or cannot attend an event can view hard copies of the draft strategies and complete the survey.
Following consultation, a programme of schemes for future funding bids and delivery will be finalised, aligning with the Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan. The final strategies will be published in spring 2023.
The strategies, once adopted, will be used when developers submit planning applications, with schemes assessed to ensure they contribute to the vision and objectives of each strategy. There will be a focus on improving more sustainable access to services and key destinations, they will support tackling the climate emergency and improving the health and wellbeing of Cambridgeshire residents.