How do we solve a problem like Station Square?

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One of the slides from our the presentation Camcycle gave at the Development Control Forum, incorporating comments from social media.

Camcycle was one of three petitioners who successfully convened a Development Control Forum on 16 January regarding the planning application 18/1678/FUL for a new office building, hotel and multi-storey car park adjacent to the existing Cycle Point. The topics for discussion included the problems with noise, pollution and safety across the entire station area, including Great Northern Road, not to mention the fundamental question: how are you supposed to cycle safely from one end to the other?

How are you supposed to cycle safely from one end of the station area to the other?

A week before the forum we asked people on social media to send us comments, and we got a bucket-load. From the ‘mini-roundabout of death’ with 10,000 car movements per day to the ‘narrow, snarled-up gully’ and ‘death-by-taxi’, we incorporated these comments into our presentation at the Guildhall.
We highlighted the insanity of inviting more and more cars to drive into the centre of Cambridge to park, and the impending commitment to build 1,000 more cycle parking spaces by 2020, which seems to be slipping completely off the agenda. We also noted that by proposing to cut two new access roads in front of the station entrance they would be endangering tens of thousands of people walking to and from their trains. The transport consultants’ own models predict that crowds of people seven-deep would form waiting to cross the stream of taxis. Somehow, with all that added chaos, the Chisholm Trail is supposed to cross through here as well.

As of this writing we do not know when the application will go to the planning committee, but we would expect sometime in the next few months. One glimmer of hope is that, most recently, the county highways authority has submitted comments objecting to the two new accesses cut in front of the station. It seems there is a good chance that substantial revisions will be needed and hopefully for the better.

Matthew Danish

Your Thoughts

I frequently cycle across the bridge and want to continue along the guided busway and vice versa. I have got no idea how cyclists are meant to connect those two important parts of cycle infrastructure.
Amélie, on Facebook

I frequently cycle across the bridge and want to continue along the guided busway and vice versa. I have got no idea how cyclists are meant to connect those two important parts of cycle infrastructure.
Amélie, on Facebook

It’s nearly impossible to cycle safely across, nasty to walk across and pretty gnarly to drop off via car.
James, on Twitter

Dodging the cars as I leave the station is probably the low point of my visits to Cambridge. I’m not sure the city authorities realise what a horrible welcome this is for visitors and how much it must hurt tourism.
M, on Facebook

The biggest issue I have with the station square area is the horrendous pollution.
Henry, via email

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