A new transport interchange in Cambridgeshire that will act as a travel hub for the Foxton railway line, buses, cyclists and other vehicles has been approved by the Greater Cambridge Partnership (GCP).
Now a suitable location has been found, the GCP board will now begin the designs and submit a planning application. It said its public consultation showed 41% of respondents indicated that the southern site would be their preferred option, whereas it said 13% indicated that the northern site was their preferred option. The project will create around 750 extra parking spaces.
The GCP will now develop a full outline business case for the plan, but it will still need to return to its board for final approval. The estimated cost of the scheme is set to be under £9 million. Foxton station is on the Cambridge Line section of the Cambridge to King’s Cross railway line.
GCP’s transport director, Peter Blake, told a recent meeting: “We need to continue to work closely with the local community to maximise the benefits for the Foxton area, something he said could be achieved at the more detailed design phase. This needs to be taken forward in conversation with the community. To give an example of that, 750 spaces for cars may not be built out at one point because in the detailed design we might say, working with the community, we need 350 spaces, and that is what we need to start with and we need to work on the cycle parking issue and things like that. So that conversation needs to continue with the local community.”
A recent GCP report said that the provision of a travel hub scheme along the A10 Royston to Cambridge corridor is ideally positioned to improve access to new employment sites in Cambridge from the corridor’s villages and towns. The scheme enhances levels of public transport connectivity into and across the Greater Cambridge area.