The Greater Cambridge City Deal has today unveiled an eight-point plan to tackle congestion in Cambridge, without the need for a congestion charge.
The package of measures includes introducing a series of ‘virtual road closures’ on some main roads during week-day peak-periods only, through which only buses, cyclists, taxis and emergency vehicles could travel.
The measures are designed to reduce traffic and significantly speed up commuter journeys for people who choose to travel by public transport, bike or walk.
Commenting on the proposals, Claire Haigh, Chief Executive of Greener Journeys, the sustainable transport campaigning group, said:
“Greener Journeys welcomes these plans and commends the Greater Cambridge City Deal for recognising the important role that buses play in helping to ease congestion in the UK’s busiest cities. By allowing buses to travel quickly and reliably through town and city centres, bus lanes provide a convenient alternative to driving – and a fully loaded double decker bus can take 75 cars off the road. We also know from our own independent research that carefully planned bus priority measures, such as bus lanes and busway schemes, deliver significant environmental and economic benefits. In fact, every £1 spent on local bus infrastructure can generate up to £7 of economic benefits. If congestion charging is politically off limits, this is the best strategy.”
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