Park-&-ride network changes planned as Cambridge gears up for zero emission

The 30 new electric double-decker buses for Cambridge, being procured under the Government’s ZEBRA funding scheme, will enter service later this year, the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority has confirmed.

The buses will be used on the five Cambridge park-&-ride routes, as well as the Citi 2 service which links Cambridge North Station with the city centre and Addenbrookes. The current incumbent Stagecoach East will be the operator.

There is no confirmation forthcoming on whether an order for the new vehicles and the associated charging infrastructure has been placed, or what vehicles will be used. The combined authority said such information is ‘commercially sensitive’.

£4.2m of the costs will come from the ZEBRA scheme with the combined authority and the Greater Cambridge Partnership contributing £4.8m. A further £6.9m comes from Stagecoach.

Currently Stagecoach East operates two BYD/Alexander Dennis Enviro400City EV double-deckers from its Cowley Road depot in Cambridge, where charging facilities are installed. Initially they were used on the Citi6 service between Cambridge city centre and Girton/Oakington, but following service changes after the first Covid lockdown in 2020 were moved to park-&-ride routes.

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