Elections

2015 South Cambridgeshire District Council election: Duxford

Summary: 2015 elections to South Cambridgeshire District Council
Polling date: Thursday 7th May 2015
Ward:
Candidates
(by surname):
  • Wendy BOHME  (Green Party)
  • Mick MARTIN  (Conservative Party)
  • Jean PRINCE  (Labour Party)
  • Peter YOUNG  (Liberal Democrat)

Questions for Duxford ward candidates (4 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?

Wendy BOHME
(Green Party)

Walking and cycling, along with disabled access to transport, are top transport priorities for the Green Party and the details outlined in the Making Space for Cycling suggest effective ways of vastly improving travel for cyclists, while fully considering the needs of pedestrians. Further mesures such as ensuring continuity around bus stops ensures safety for both cyclists and public transport users, while the suggestion of level surfaces is important to all cyclists and pedestrians, including those who use pushchairs, mobility scooters etc. I therefore would endorse this guide.

Mick MARTIN
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Jean PRINCE
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Peter YOUNG
(Liberal Democrat)

I wholeheartedly endorse the document you have produced, Making Space For Cycling.

It makes the excellent point that direct, separated routes between settlements should be available for cyclists. Some recent work of this sort has been done along the A505 nearby. But similar routes along rural roads between villages could be transformative. For example, a safe route from Great Chesterford through Ickleton and Duxford to Whittlesford would enable people to get between houses, schools, train stations and places of employment like the Genome Campus.

# Question 2

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

Wendy BOHME
(Green Party)

I am aware that some children go to school or have after school activities which require them to cross the A505 - this can be quite a challenge for a competent cyclist, let alone a small child. Therefore alternative methods of crossing the A505 should be considered. Looking at methods of routing a cycle/pedestrian way either over a bridge or by creating a path that goes under the road (there is possible access by going under the railway bridge) would make this much safer. Also looking at creating designated cycle and pedestrian ways along the Hunts Road, and along to Ickleton and Saffron Walden would be very helpful. Currently there is no pavement along sections of this road, and no seperate cycle pathway, with car speeds being quite fast. All of these improvements would help all pedestrians and cyclists as well as children.

Mick MARTIN
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Jean PRINCE
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Peter YOUNG
(Liberal Democrat)

As Duxford School also has Ickleton village within catchment a safe cycle route from Ickleton would be excellent. From Hinxton the route is safer, but the recent installation of a gate to close off the Hinxton ford at the Duxford side has been poorly planned for cyclists and needs improvement. St John's Street (where the primary school is) is very hazardous to cyclists due to the large number of parked cars and narrowness of the road. A safe route across the A505 such as a proposed cycle route from Moorfield road, around the back of Welch Transport to the station platform, would aid routes to the station for access to sixth forms, and would improve routes for children to cycle to Sawston VC. It is also currently difficult for people to cycle safely from Heathfield (opposite the air museum) to Duxford village.

# 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?

Wendy BOHME
(Green Party)

I enjoy cycling but have never felt comfortable cycling where cars are travelling fast. One of the main issues for the Duxford area is the need to cross the A505 to access for instance, the Whittlesford train station. As someone with slight physical difficulties, that means I can be quite slow walking or setting off on my bike, the fact that it is often necessary to time very accurately a quick dash accross the road between fast moving vehicles can be quite daunting - and even more so in inclement weather or fog. I would threfore suggest the same improvements as outlined in question 3: alternative routes accross or under the A505 and cycle pedestrian ways along all routes in and out of the village, including linking up to surrounding towns and villages.

Mick MARTIN
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Jean PRINCE
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Peter YOUNG
(Liberal Democrat)

I think I understand the issues. If you exclude the small number of young adults who cycle on busy roads, most people whether old or young, whether on foot or on a bike or on a mobility scooter, want the same thing: safe, direct, attractive and well constructed routes away from motor cars.

Cycling between Ickleton and Duxford feels very unsafe and I would not want to take young children on the road - same with Hunts Road. Generally, taking young children cycling on roads between villages and where there are many junctions within a village can be very difficult at present.

# Question 4

The 2011 census shows that South Cambridgeshire has the highest levels of cycle commuting of any non-urban area, including substantial cycling into Cambridge city: how would you rate the current conditions for cycling from your ward into Cambridge, and how could it be improved?

Wendy BOHME
(Green Party)

As mentioned in Q3 and 4, crossing the A505 is a challenge, and this needs to be done to get to the train station. Once there, if you wish to lock the bike and carry on by train, there needs to be more bike parking areas. If taking the bike into Cambridge, once there, cycle ways are fairly good going in and out of Cambridge centre. However, on returning home, it is necessary to lift the bike up and over the bridge. The best option would be a lift as an alternative to the steps (as has already been provided in stations such as Audley End and Cambridge).

Currently there is a good cycle way into Cambridge from Great Shelford. It would be good to see that extended to Duxford (and beyond) allowing us the option of cycling all the way in and out on a safe route.

Mick MARTIN
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Jean PRINCE
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Peter YOUNG
(Liberal Democrat)

At present there are too many barriers for many people to see cycling as a realistic option. But if it was possible to get to the train stations or to get across and along the A505 safely, this could easily change. In particular, access to the Whittlesford and the station from Duxford village requires a difficult crossing point of the A505. See the response to question 2 for details of a proposed safe route to the station platform via Welch Transport above.

Camcycle is a non-partisan body. All candidates are given an equal opportunity to submit their views. Information published by Camcycle (Cambridge Cycling Campaign), The Bike Depot, 140 Cowley Road, Cambridge, CB4 0DL.