The Greater Cambridge Partnership (GCP) grinds inexorably on, despite marches and the packed house public meeting. They have now announced their preferred route options and Park and Ride sites.
They still want an off-road concrete guided busway, apparently to take high-speed buses running at over 100mph, and because of this there may not be intermediate stops at Hardwick and Coton. The busway hugs village properties and in Coton runs next to the school and through the historic Coton Orchard before crossing the M11 on a new bridge.
The Crome Lea Park and Ride site at Madingley Mulch is no longer recommended – they have moved it a few hundred yards west to what they call the Waterworks site, off the St Neots Road. Still on top of Madingley Hill and visible from miles around.
There are two important meetings next week:
Monday 11 September
Local Liaison Forum meeting
6pm Comberton Village College
It’s very important to have a good turnout from Hardwick and Coton for this last chance to have our say and influence the Greater City Partnership (City Deal) Assembly and Board in making decisions that will affect us greatly and will devastate the village environment and the Green Belt.
Wednesday 13 September
Greater Cambridge Partnership Joint Assembly
2-5pm Kreis Viersen Room, Shire Hall, Castle Hill CB3 0AP
Again, a good turnout from Hardwick and Coton is essential! More details, including the Agenda, at https://www.greatercambridge.org.uk/the-greater-cambridge-partnership-joint-assembly-130917/
If you would like to speak or ask a question (directly related to an Agenda item), please submit any questions by 10am Friday 8 September 2017 to Democratic.Services@Scambs.gov.uk
The new Mayor James Palmer of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority reminds us the final decisions will not be taken until the summer of 2018, and he, MP Heidi Allen, Cllrs Lina Joseph, Grenville Chamberlain are firmly opposed to the busway. The Mayor and GCP have commissioned a study to look at light rail and metro solutions for greater Cambridge. Most people are still in favour of keeping solutions in the A428 corridor and having an all-ways junction to link the M11 and A428 at Girton with a major Park+Ride site there.
But we need to continue to lobby loudly and challenge the GCP processes and their huge democratic deficit. Please contact your councillors and MPs about this – full contact details in previous post – and try and attend the meetings to make your voice heard.