Elections

2015 City Council election: Trumpington

Summary: 2015 elections to Cambridge City Council
Polling date: Thursday 7th May 2015
Ward:
Candidates
(by surname):
  • Ceri Barbara GALLOWAY  (Green Party)
  • Nick GAY  (Labour Party)
  • Richard Graham JEFFS  (UK Independence Party)
  • Daniel Jacob JOHN  (Conservative Party)
  • Zoe Imogen O'CONNELL  (Liberal Democrat)

Questions for Trumpington ward candidates (8 questions)

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# Question 1

Cambridge Cycling Campaign has created a guide to cycling best-practice called Making Space For Cycling, endorsed by all national cycling organisations. Do you fully support this guide, and if so, what one principle in it do you think could most effectively be applied in your ward?

Ceri Barbara GALLOWAY
(Green Party)

The document “Makng Space for Cycling” is excellent and thorough piece of work and offers a very comprehensive approach for supporting any prospective councilor to be better informed about these issues. I am already aware of many of the issues raised in this document as lifelong cyclist and none driver. However there is lot of useful information on technical issues e.g. suitable parking racks and ways of thinking about solutions. The issue that this document addresses that is relevant to Trumpington is reduction in congestion. We suffer from increasing congestion making access to and from Cambridge by road unsafe for cyclists. Before the new development were built the roads in and out of Cambridge were very congested. However with a tripling in the number of people living in the area by 2016 (currently we have doubled in size) cycling is an important strategy to reduce congestion on the roads as well as reducing pollution. The infrastructure in the new development and the guided busway cycle path have brought us closer to a Dutch style provision for cycling. However there are still many areas were we would benefit from a more joined up approach and I would keen to see more priority in cycle provision and new links made in the area around Porson Road and Long Road. We also need to promote cycling to local people and support them to use the provision better. I think discussing the blocks to cycling with local people and responding to their concerns in perspective, looking at making it safer to use areas without cycle paths, improving links between badly served areas and demonstrate that cycling can be integrated with the public transport use.

Nick GAY
(Labour Party)

Yes, People want well-maintained infrastructure eg busway lights

Richard Graham JEFFS
(UK Independence Party)

Such publications are always useful, drawing on the many years of experience that your organisation has. There is a lack of space in Cambridge generally. On Trumpington Road by Coe Fen and the Botanic Gardens, conditions for cyclists are perilous. The parked cars are a hazard and I have seen a few cyclists knocked out of the narrow cycle lane by opening doors.

Daniel Jacob JOHN
(Conservative Party)

I fully support the guide and hope to see more of the infrastructure advocated in it, used in Cambridge, particularly with the City Deal funding and cycle city ambition grant.

Within Trumpington, the principle I think is most applicable at the moment is “well-maintained infrastructure”, particularly with the amount of development going on. Although the soon to be lit cycle path alongside the guided busway is an excellent surface for cycling, a number of the connections between it and residential areas are poor, deterring residents from cycling. I understand that some of these will be improved by developers in time but in the meantime cyclists are suffering with either longer journeys or sub-standard facilities.

Zoe Imogen O'CONNELL
(Liberal Democrat)

Yes, I fully support this guide.

A major hot topic in Trumpington right now for cyclists is the Guided Busway - the principles around junctions and traffic separation are relevant, but will need some tweaking to fit a slightly different set of circumstances. The busway lighting we have secured, shortly to be installed, should help improve cyclist and pedestrian safety particularly in the winter months, but more needs to be done to deconflict traffic at junctions.

# Question 2

What measures would you like to see to improve the safety of children getting to school?

Ceri Barbara GALLOWAY
(Green Party)

A joint plan of action for all local schools and the county council to provide safe routes to school and to be put this into action improving health alertness at school and reducing the need for additional journey’s by parents ferrying young people to school. Currently many secondary children from Trumpington attend Sawston Village College however the cycle route is patchy and unsafe even for older children. An off road cycle path is required from Trumpington to Stapleford with a safe crossing at The Rose public house before many parents would feel it is safe enough for their older children to cycle to school. The new School on Clay farm will be better provided for cycling to school. However children may still choose to attend Sawston as its well respected school and suites some young people’s needs.

Nick GAY
(Labour Party)

Cycle paths that are properly segregated from motor vehicles especially HGVs

Richard Graham JEFFS
(UK Independence Party)

Implementing better visibility and reducing (and enforcing) speed limits around schools.

Daniel Jacob JOHN
(Conservative Party)

A number of the schools in Trumpington have problems where large numbers of cars are parked in narrow streets. This causes difficulties for those cycling or walking to school, as well as blocking the roads for other motorised traffic.

Any measures that increase cycling or walking, reducing the need for cars would improve this situation. Where possible, I would also like to see provision for children to be dropped off by cars further away and then a single shuttle bus could bring them to the school, as happens at some schools already.

Zoe Imogen O'CONNELL
(Liberal Democrat)

The availability of cycle training is one obvious action, but also separation of cycle routes from major traffic routes is key, to enable children to develop confidence away from danger. The cycle route on to Parker's Piece, via Gresham Road, is a good example of how this can be done.

# Question 3

What experience do you and your family have of cycling? Do you have any different concerns about younger or older family members cycling than you do yourself?

Ceri Barbara GALLOWAY
(Green Party)

As an older person I am concerned about cycle parking at the station. I find it difficult to lift the cycle onto the top tier of the cycle parking provision without injuring myself. This makes me reluctant to cycle to the station in case I can’t park my bike. I think there should be provision for vulnerable users and also for families for parking for cargo family cycles or larger bikes.
For insurance purposes one must have secure cycle parking e.g. something to lock you cycle too and if it is too difficult to park many people will make those journeys by car either asking friends and family to drop them off at the station or park there themselves.

Nick GAY
(Labour Party)

I have cycled 10s of thousands of miles in Cambridge for 35 years, with and without children on the bike or accompanying. The provision for cyclists was and is appalling and I have been reluctant to allow my children to cycle to school until they were at least 10.

Richard Graham JEFFS
(UK Independence Party)

I have been both a driver and cyclist in Cambridge for decades. I am concerned that some less experienced or younger cyclists put themselves in danger by failing to use the measures that have been put in place for them. Perhaps better signage would solve this.

Daniel Jacob JOHN
(Conservative Party)

I commute to work in Trumpington by bicycle each day, as did my wife until she started her maternity leave a year ago. The majority of our travel around Cambridge has been by bicycle since we were University students. Our experience has generally been positive, although occasionally frustrating due to the lack of bicycle parking and the shared use infrastructure.

Our daughter is nine months old and therefore not quite cycling yet! However thinking ahead, although there are some routes where I would be happy for her to cycle, a number of the routes that we currently use involve cycling in close proximity to cars, which would not be safe for her until she was a confident cyclist.

Zoe Imogen O'CONNELL
(Liberal Democrat)

I cycle almost every day, as I commute to work via bicycle and it is my primary form of transport around Cambridge.

# Question 4

What would you do to improve cycle parking in the city centre?

Ceri Barbara GALLOWAY
(Green Party)

Parking in City Centre has indeed been increase recently in many of the areas as suggested in previous year. However more parking is needed outside John Lewis, outside Emmanuel College close to the Arts Picturehouse and close to the coach park and school on Parker Piece. This could be improved by asking John Lewis to provide parking in the Ground Floor of the shop in the underused entrance hall on Downing Street (not the main entrance on Downing Street). Getting rid of the display windows that are not very eye caching or visual and building off street parking for customers freeing up the parking space along the windows that can create dangers for visually impaired pedestrians. Emmanuel College could make a new gate in their park in the area closest to the Arts Picturehouse and open the garden making it into a public park and offer increased cycle parking for the public in this area. It would be possible to provide parking on Parkers Piece on the grass next to the railings without putting down concrete so keeping the area grass covered. This area is never too wet to park a bike on. It can be very difficult to find a place to park here when catching buses. It is important to integrate public transport with cycling.

Nick GAY
(Labour Party)

The station is the worst problem and the current planned provision is inadequate and in conevnient. Colleges should also improve facilities so that all students can have a space.

Richard Graham JEFFS
(UK Independence Party)

The basement level of Park Street car park is a good example, we need more of the same.
Car parking spaces should be swapped for secure cycle parking. People coming in to Cambridge to shop should be using the Park & Ride wherever possible.
I would also like to see "Boris Bikes" around the city.

Daniel Jacob JOHN
(Conservative Party)

Where possible I would like to see additional cycle parking, although I am aware that there is a lot of competition for space within the city centre. I would also like the City Council and University to co-ordinate to have joint bike “culls” where abandoned bicycles are removed, after sufficient warning has been provided.

Zoe Imogen O'CONNELL
(Liberal Democrat)

Converting car spaces to cycle parking works well, as it allows a cycle parking to be distributed throughout an area - ensuring there is usually somewhere close to your destination to be able to park, as well as making it easier for someone less familiar with Cambridge to be able to easily find somewhere.

Planning requirements can also be used to ensure adequate cycle parking is provided by private business.

# Question 5

Recent construction in the city, such as on Abbey Street, Milton Road and at the University Arms have closed routes or removed cycle space. What would you do to ensure that cycle routes remain open and safe as construction grows the city?

Ceri Barbara GALLOWAY
(Green Party)

Cycle paths must be protected from closure during works by barriers. Especially when provide links between areas. Otherwise clear signage in rerouting a suitable place close by. Rerouting at University Arms onto path to left of Parkers Piece may have resolved this.

Nick GAY
(Labour Party)

Unfortunately it is inevitable that routes will be disrupted during construction. As someone who cycles down Abbey St everyday there is no sense that contractors are providing info on diversions etc that cyclists can use.

Richard Graham JEFFS
(UK Independence Party)

Different construction projects require different parts of the road to be closed at different times. Perhaps any temporary traffic lights could have an advanced green light, similar to the ones at the Catholic Church junction. It gives cyclists a chance to get ahead and be visible.

Daniel Jacob JOHN
(Conservative Party)

I would strongly advocate as a Councillor that cycle infrastructure and routes are required if the city wants to grow. I agree with the Cycling Campaign that cycle lanes and cycle parking are an efficient use of space and needed by our city. During any development of the City’s policies I would emphasise this point and during planning applications I would consider the cycle facilities included.

Zoe Imogen O'CONNELL
(Liberal Democrat)

Contractors coming in from elsewhere are often unaware of the unique nature of Cambridge when it comes to cycling, so education by council officers (and sometimes, planning restrictions if a construction project is by a key piece of infrastructure) can help to ensure they do not obstruct cycle routes.

# Question 6

Cycle routes which are narrow and involves sharp turns and chicanes make routes difficult or impossible for users of tricycles, handcycles and cargo bikes, impairing accessibility for the most vulnerable. Can you think of anywhere in your ward that is difficult to use on a non-standard cycle and what will you do to improve it?

Ceri Barbara GALLOWAY
(Green Party)
The candidate did not enter a response for this question.
Nick GAY
(Labour Party)

The path that runs from Shelford Rd to the busway is narrow, twisty and has sharp gradients - should be improved.

Richard Graham JEFFS
(UK Independence Party)

Vanishing cycle lanes are a problem but we live in a rather cramped city. Clearer signage is key here, I think.

Daniel Jacob JOHN
(Conservative Party)

A lot of residents in Trumpington use the guided busway to cycle into town, exiting at the railway station. However coming from the station on Brookgate, the nearby junction with Brooklands Avenue and Hills Road is difficult for all cyclists but particularly those with non-standard cycles. In order to get to Brooklands avenue, you need to turn left onto Hills Road and then cross using the pedestrian crossing, which involves a lot of manoeuvring of a non-standard bicycle.

I would like to see the junction improved, possibly giving cyclists only the ability to go straight and turn right.

Zoe Imogen O'CONNELL
(Liberal Democrat)

There are fewer of these chicanes in Trumpington than many other wards, largely because there are fewer through routes, but there are many temporary restrictions that arise around construction work that constantly need addressing.

# Question 7

What will you do to improve safe walking and cycling access to Addenbrooke’s Hospital?

Ceri Barbara GALLOWAY
(Green Party)

Entrance to the main Addenbrookes entrance requires a dedicated segregated cycle path on both sides of the road leading up and around the internal and external roundabouts with a dedicated crossing for cycles on the Wandlebury side of the roundabout so the cycle path behind the bus station can be used more easily and a different pedestrian access to the bus station and on the opposite side of the bus station to take some land away from the car parking to provide off road cycling.
All Lorries and buses entering the hospital area should have extra mirrors that help them to see cyclists or not be allowed to enter as required in London.
A dedicated entrance to Addenbrookes for Lorries to be explored by county and hospital planners. No more external waste to the hospital.
15 mile an hour limit for the guided buses coming from Adenbrookes to the station to be enforced where cyclists cross on to cycle path.

Nick GAY
(Labour Party)

Wider, better segregated routes along both Long Rd and Hills Rd, better traffic signals at junction and roundabout.

Richard Graham JEFFS
(UK Independence Party)

The Addenbrookes roundabout needs some sort of safe crossing, maybe pedestrian bridges over a sunken roundabout? The council really has neglected Cambridge's infrastructure, especially with development happening so quickly. Solutions always seen to be short-sighted patches.

Daniel Jacob JOHN
(Conservative Party)

I would like to see the South Area Committee become a little more proactive in being involved with development nearby Addenbrooke’s. It appeared that the Committee found out very late about changes to the roundabout which seems to reduce cycling access rather than improve it.

In addition I would seek better long term planning of investment into cycle infrastructure so that cycle routes into the site are improved.

Similarly for walking access, I would like to see greater attention paid to the state of the nearby pavements around Addenbrooke’s.

Zoe Imogen O'CONNELL
(Liberal Democrat)

Improved safety on the Guided Busway for cyclists and pedestrians where they come into conflict with buses is vital. This can by provided via improved lighting, signage and lines of visibility.

# Question 8

Do you support allowing two-way cycling throughout the Newtown area, in conjunction with other measures to sort out the traffic problems in the area?

Ceri Barbara GALLOWAY
(Green Party)

Yes to two way cycling for cycling only on Panton Street from Lensfield Road but not for cars. Residents are keen that cars are not using this street as a rat run as it causes increase in pollution, reduces their quality of life in terms of safety and ease of using the street for play and create problems with resident personal parking and parking for services providers e.g. gasman/carpenters/builders etc. Exploration of a 20 mile an hour home zone set up with priority for cycling, pedestrians and greening of the space and good local consultation with a win win approach and all stake holders involved. This needs to be blended with a solution for residents parking and management of the school run.

Nick GAY
(Labour Party)

Yes

Richard Graham JEFFS
(UK Independence Party)

I think that cyclists should be able to go the wrong way down some one-way streets, giving way to approaching cars, but only with clear signage.

Daniel Jacob JOHN
(Conservative Party)

I would in principle support two-way cycling throughout Newtown but practically I would need to evaluate the different possible solutions for an area which has quite narrow streets before deciding it was definitely the best solution. I would expect that a contraflow cycle lane would be appropriate but would need to understand the detail of the widths of the road, cycle lane and parking provision before providing full backing.

Zoe Imogen O'CONNELL
(Liberal Democrat)

On many roads I would support this, but not throughout the area because not all the roads in Newtown are wide enough to support this safely, visibility at junctions is often be poor and there is little scope to change this - we would hardly be encouraging cycling if we made it more dangerous. A full study including consultation with cyclists and local residents is needed, along with ways of making the more useful routes more obvious and desirable to cyclists.

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