Draft North East Cambridge Area Action Plan

Representation ID: 55734

Received: 05/10/2020

Respondent: Brookgate

Agent: Bidwells

Representation Summary:

The supporting text to Policy 10e states that ‘Beyond the District Centre, a new pedestrian and
cycling bridge will connect over Milton Road to Cambridge Science Park’.

Brookgate do not support the concept of a bridge over the Milton Road corridor, and are surprised
that it is categorically stated in the draft. Brookgate’s transport consultants have consistently
made the case (as have other NEC landowners) during the workshops on the NEC AAP that improvements
to the ‘at grade’ pedestrian and cycle crossings both at the Science Park entrance and the CGB
junction be looked at in more detail before any decision of a bridge is taken forward. Brookgate
had thought that this had been agreed by all parties.

The fundamental targets of the Greater Cambridge Partnership (GCP) is to reduce vehicle movements
into the city centre of Cambridge by up to 20%. This clear policy target should be seen in the
context of highway intervention proposed on the Milton Road corridor. Reduced ‘through traffic’
on Milton Road provides the opportunity to give improved priority to pedestrian and cycle movements
(a key policy of the draft NEC) and to ‘humanise’ the Milton Rod corridor.

A grade separated bridge is an outdated 1960s concept and would create an inhospitable vehicle
dominated spaces at ground level with people ‘inconvenienced’ on detours over bridges, ramps etc.
The proposed bridge on Milton Road is at a location where pedestrians and cyclists need to access
the bridge from the north, south, east and west. How can a bridge facilitate all these
movements with ramps in excess of 100m long?