Draft Bourn Airfield Supplementary Planning Document - June 2019

Representation ID: 168355

Received: 26/08/2019

Respondent: Mr Stephen Jones

Representation Summary:


SPD states that 'a high-quality public transport route linking Cambourne to Cambridge is currently proposed with the route potentially passing through the northern part of the site'. However, the SPD qualifies this bold statement with the caveat that 'discussions are ongoing and scheme requirements and details are not yet finalised'.

Uncertainty around what will be delivered, and when, is unacceptable. SPD should explain comprehensively:

* What exactly HQPT will be?
* What are proposed passenger numbers?
* Where it will take passengers?
* How it will integrate with other public transport routes to ensure connectivity?
* How many cars will be taken off road when HQPT is fully operational?

SPD also states 'The Mayor aspires to develop a world-class public transport system which may include a metro, and the proposed GCP Cambourne to Cambridge route has the potential to be part of this network.

Again, no real detail on what will be delivered.

Survey of Cambourne (Appendix 1) shows residents work throughout Greater Cambridge. Single destination busway limited value. Only 25% of Cambourne residents work in Cambridge and could travel by bus. Very concerned not enough consideration has been given to public transport connectivity in SPD.

Strongly suggests final plans for segregated public transport route and any ensuing legal challenges should be complete before SPD is approved.