VIDEO | Big future transport projects could change how you travel in Cambridgeshire
This week transport has been in the spotlight. We’ve had pleas to government not to forget about rail improvements that could unlock growth south of the city, and a competition has been launched to find a solution to the housing situation that could yet sink the Cambridge to Oxford “expressway”.
Transport projects have the potential to help Cambridge make great strides in the future but, if got wrong, could be expensive mistakes for the region. So what are the big projects on the horizon?
Cambridge – Oxford expressway
The “brainbelt” expressway linking up the UK’s two most prestigious university cities has been hailed as a route that could “benefit the entire planet”. The business and academic partnerships that could be fostered, as well as the capacity for new communities to spring up along the route, make this an attractive option for many.
Whether the link takes the form of an express motorway, or whether there are rail links installed, a better east-west connection may not be all that far away.
Cambridge South railway station
Cambridge’s newest railway station, Cambridge North, was 30 years in the planning, but it is possible another new station at Addenbrooke’s, perhaps to be called Cambridge South, could be open far quicker.
Private enterprises like pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca, whose world headquarters are due to open nearby next year, have shown a strong interest and could help push the project forward with private finances.
It is argued a station here would reduce the need for commuters to rely on cars, and would help a growing workforce access homes outside the city. Some residents, however, are not pleased about the idea of more building in the area, or the thought of the additional traffic a station might encourage.