Coping with growth

Rival bodies are advancing competing plans for bus-based solutions to the congestion that is crippling the growing city of Cambridge and the roads leading from its surrounding commuter villages

Stagecoach East 10807 (SN66 WBD), an Alexander Dennis Enviro400 MMC, in the dedicated Cambridge park-&-ride fleet on which routes are identified by colour. Large numbers of bicycles add to the traffic mix in the university city.

Everyone acknowledges that congestion is a problem in fast-growing Cambridge. That much everyone agrees.

One report reckons a quarter of people’s commuting time in Cambridge is spent in traffic jams. The city’s population is estimated to exceed 145,000; it has grown by a third in the past 20 years and another 10,000 people are expected by 2025. Job creation has risen even faster, resulting in more commuters trying to access the city.

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