The GCP is currently analysing more than 10,000 responses generated during its call for public feedback on the Greater Cambridge growth story – how it affects them and what future investment might help them. The interim findings show that:
- More people are now commuting by car/van in and around the city since 2011 – from 32% in 2011 to 37% in 2017 for Cambridge residents, and an even bigger jump, from 64% to 75%, for people travelling from South Cambridgeshire – with the vast majority travelling for work purposes and during peak hours.
- Traffic congestion is ranked the biggest transport challenge (64.6%) – with lack of adequate and reliable public transport key issues (both 42%).
- There is public appetite and opportunity to get out of the car and onto other forms of transport – with over half (56%) of regular car users saying they would be willing to travel by alternate means – with speed and reliability the top incentives.
The surveys found support for the principles of the Partnership’s transport strategy – improving public transport, cycling and walking journeys, managing down general traffic in the city, and encouraging a switch from car to other modes through the introduction of a series of ‘carrots and sticks’.
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