With the 2022 election period over, a series of transport-related decisions and consultations are beginning to take place. There are a series of big questions that need to be answered: How will Cambridgeshire and Peterborough reduce carbon emissions from transport? What measures will help people switch more of their everyday journeys from driving to public transport, walking and cycling? How can congestion be reduced in our region’s urban areas and transport choices expanded in rural communities?
One of the documents that seeks to answer these questions is the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Local Transport and Connectivity Plan. The Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority (led by Mayor Dr Nik Johnson) is the strategic transport authority for our area, which means that they set the overall priorities for transport while the local highways authorities (Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council) are responsible for maintenance of the road network and the delivery of some transport schemes. In November 2021, the Combined Authority held a ‘public consultation exercise‘ to help shape the new Local Transport and Connectivity Plan and now they are publishing the draft plan in full and seeking local feedback. The Authority says that ‘all future transport projects for Cambridgeshire & Peterborough will be guided by the plan‘.
Camcycle is working on a consultation guide to help you share your views and speak up for active travel in your response to this consultation; but in the meantime, here’s an overview on how to respond and where to find more information.
Name of consultation: Local Transport and Connectivity Plan
From: Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority
Time to complete: 15 minutes (plus time to read the associated information)
Format: Online survey OR email comments to email@example.com OR provide feedback at one of the in-person events
Deadline: Thursday 4 August, 11.59pm
How can I find out more about the draft plan?
Head to the consultation website at https://yourltcp.co.uk where you will find a couple of introductory videos, a summary of the plan and the full draft plan document (107 pages). You can also visit an in-person consultation event or pick up a consultation booklet at one of the region’s information points. If you would like a copy of the consultation materials posted to your address, you can do this by calling 0808 258 3225 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
What are the key questions to answer?
If you use the online survey, you are required to answer questions on the vision, goals, objectives and strategy of the plan and provide your name, postcode, email and age bracket. Feedback on the strategy for each district in the region is optional.
One key question is ‘To what extent do you agree with the proposal to cut the number of miles driven on our roads by 15%?’ This is one of the recommendations of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Independent Commission on Climate to help the region cut carbon emissions. It is likely that this target, even if achieved, is under-ambitious given the scale of the issue and the growing population in our region. You can find out more about the Independent Commission on Climate’s research and recommendations in their 2021 report.
What’s changed since the last Local Transport Plan was published?
The last Local Transport Plan was published in February 2020 by the previous Mayor of Cambridgeshire & Peterborough, James Palmer. You may wish to view this plan in order to compare it to the current proposals and see what has changed.