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Railway hopes and existing plans to improve Haverhill to Cambridge travel links 'could work together'




Current plans to improve public transport between Haverhill and Cambridge would be ‘complemented’ by the restoration of the railway link between the two.

That was the observation made by the Greater Cambridge Partnership (GCP) in the wake of the announcement earlier this month that Railfuture East Anglia had submitted a bid to the DfT for a grant of 75 per cent of costs, up to £50,000, to help fund transport and economic studies and create a business case for restoring the railway between Haverhill and Shelford.

Railfuture’s vision is to have new stations at Sawston, Linton, Granta Park, Haverhill and a journey time of 19 minutes from Haverhill to Cambridge South, 22 minutes to Cambridge Central and 27 minutes to Cambridge North.

A visualisation of how the proposed Cambridge South East Transport route, with better lanes or cyclists and pedestrians, would look
A visualisation of how the proposed Cambridge South East Transport route, with better lanes or cyclists and pedestrians, would look

The GCP’s Cambridge South East Transport Project involves a new public transport route from the A11 via Sawston and Shelford to the Cambridge Biomedical Campus.

Alongside this new public transport route would be a new path for walkers, cyclists and horse riders, similar to the one along the existing guided busways.

The proposals also include a new travel hub near the A11/A1307 junction.

The GCP's executive board have chosen the brown route as their preferred option for the Cambridge South East Transport project
The GCP's executive board have chosen the brown route as their preferred option for the Cambridge South East Transport project

A GCP spokesperson said: “With growing communities and employment sites it is vital we significantly improve public transport and active travel routes to help people get around Greater Cambridge quickly and easily.

“The Cambridge South East Transport project will provide rapid and reliable journeys on a dedicated public transport route and improved active travel links – helping to cut congestion, improve air quality and provide better journeys for people travelling from the south east to the city or their place of work.

“The scheme – which has been in detailed development for many years and subject to three public consultations – would complement any improvements which might be made to the railway network in the longer term.”

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