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Proposal made to extend park and ride serving A1307 commuters from Haverhill to Cambridge

Babraham Park and Ride, on the edge of Cambridge and just off the A1307 to Haverhill, could have its parking capacity increased by 10 per cent and solar panels erected above all of the parking spaces if a proposal by the Greater Cambridge Partnership (GCP) and consultants Mott MacDonald get the go-ahead.

They want to add over 150 new car parking spaces to the 1,458 already there as part of the Cambridge
South East Transport project to provide better public transport, walking and cycling options for those who travel in the A1307 and A1301 areas.

The GCP believes the scheme would help reduce the number of car journeys into Cambridge. It would also include a new footpath from the park and ride site to the A1307, solar canopies over the new and existing parking spaces and landscaping.

Babraham Road Park and Ride. Picture: Keith Heppell
Babraham Road Park and Ride. Picture: Keith Heppell

The GCP said of the proposal: “The Park and Ride site is close to the Cambridge Biomedical Campus (including Addenbrooke’s Hospital) and used by many staff and visitors.

“Prior to the Covid-19 outbreak Babraham Road Park and Ride regularly reached full capacity, leading to many drivers having to find alternative parking in the city.

“The local economy of Cambridge is based around technology and specialist sectors, such as biomedical research.

“These sectors are continuing to grow and so the need to improve public transport and routes for cycling and walking remains high.”

Anyone with questions about the project or would like to comment on the proposals, should get in touch via contactus@greatercambridge.org.uk by September 30.

The planning application for the extension is currently scheduled to be submitted later this winter and if approved it is hoped construction could start next autumn.