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Keeble welcomes recommendations of Cambridge to Huntingdon multi-modal study


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Department of Transport, Local Government and the Regions

Keeble welcomes recommendations of Cambridge to Huntingdon multi-modal study
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date
13 Dec 2001 00:00
source Department of Transport, Local Government and the Regions
type Press release



Transport Minister Sally Keeble today welcomed proposals for a combination of innovative public transport solutions and road improvements to tackle transport problems between Cambridge and Huntingdon.

She endorsed the report by the East of England Local Government Conference (EELGC), which adopted the Cambridge to Huntingdon Multi-Modal Study''s recommendations as its preferred plan for addressing transport problems in the area.

The study called for:

- A guided bus system utilising the former Cambridge to St Ives rail corridor as its core;

- Complementary measures to encourage public transport, cycling and walking;

- The widening and partial realignment of the A14 in the corridor to form a dual three-lane carriageway, including a southern bypass of Huntingdon;

- Associated junction and local road improvements, including parallel local roads between the M11 and east of Fenstanton.

Ms Keeble said:

''The multi-modal studies programme is a key element of our policies for integrated transport. It applies rigorously the principles which underpin our ten-year plan, matching solutions to severe transport problems by assessing all the options across different transport modes.

''The Cambridge to Huntingdon multi-modal study has looked in depth at the problems caused by the congested A14. These include unreliable journey times, affecting freight and public transport, as well as motorists, and accidents and congestion on other unsuitable local roads.

''I welcome the solutions proposed by the study, which present an integrated package of measures to improve conditions for travel in the corridor between Huntingdon and Cambridge. I am particularly encouraged that many local transport elements, such as a new guided bus system, park and ride, bus priority and improved walking and cycling facilities have been included in the recommendations. These offer the prospect of great benefits to the city of Cambridge and the surrounding area.

''Some concerns have been expressed about the potential environmental impacts of the proposed road improvements. The provision of additional road capacity should only be considered after measures for making better use of existing capacity have been fully explored. In this case, however, I believe that public transport investment alone could not meet the objectives of the study. I am satisfied that a new alignment for the A14 south of Huntingdon would secure balancing environmental benefits by taking through traffic off the highly intrusive viaducts through Huntingdon.''

The Minister, speaking at the new Trumpington Road Park and Ride site in Cambridge, stressed the Government''s commitment to early delivery.

''We are inviting Cambridgeshire County Council to come forward with a full appraisal of the early phases of the guided bus project within six months and to explore further with the Strategic Rail Authority, Railtrack and the train operators the viability of the third phase alongside an existing railway line.

''We are also asking the County Council to develop, in consultation with district councils and others, local transport proposals for measures to support public transport, cycling and walking. The proposals will need to be developed in consultation with local people whose commitment to reducing congestion and pollution in the area will be essential to the success of the Preferred Plan.

''In addition, the Highways Agency will commence preparatory work on the trunk road elements in the Preferred Plan with a view to adding the scheme to the Targeted Programme of Improvements in the near future. Of course, the multi-modal study process does not pre-empt any of the other statutory processes. More detailed work is now required to develop the concept to the stage where the public can be consulted on the preferred route.

''I am also aware that the recently published Cambridge Implementation Study has set out ideas for substantial public and private sector investment in transport and other infrastructure and I envisage that the partnership which supports that study should be a good foundation for further co-ordinated working to implement CHUMMS.''

NOTES TO EDITORS

The study was commissioned to investigate the travel problems in the corridor between Huntingdon and Cambridge, particularly those of congestion and safety on the A14 Trunk Road, with the emphasis placed on finding a solution which consisted of a balanced package of different modes and not just a new trunk road.

The key recommendations adopted by the EELGC as their preferred plan are guided bus system utilising the former Cambridge to St Ives rail corridor as its core, with complementary local measures to encourage public transport, cycling and walking; the widening and partial realignment of the A14 in the corridor to form a dual three-lane carriageway throughout, including a southern bypass of Huntingdon; and associated junction and local road improvements, including parallel local roads between the M11 and east of Fenstanton.

The consultant''s final report is available at: http://www.go-east.gov.uk/Publications/ CHUMMS/

Multi-Modal Studies are looking at some of the most severe transport problems around the country. Studies are considering the contribution all modes of transport can make to solving these problems.

Findings of the Studies will drive major investment decisions over the period covered by our 10-Year Plan for Transport and beyond.



Public Enquiries Unit: 020 7944 3000; E-mail: press@dtlr.gov.uk Press Notices available via DTLR website: http://www.dtlr.gov.uk




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