Peterborough needs an integrated transport policy

East Coast train

An integrated transport policy should give as much weight to rail as to roads.

“We need a city council that has higher ambitions for our city than just a ‘dormitory with warehouses’ and part of that must be to improve all our transport links” says Peterborough Liberal Democrat vice chairman Peter Chivall in a recent article in the Peterborough Telegraph.

Local Liberal Democrats support many aspects of the strategic economic plan published earlier this year by the  Local Enterprise Partnership. The transport section of that plan included promotion of roads improvements but it gave equal weight to the need to improve our rail links, both on the East Coast Main line and cross country to Ely, Ipswich and Cambridge.

In the context of ‘expansion beyond Cambridge of technology businesses’ it promoted improved services to Peterborough and the North from Cambridge and Stansted Airport by increasing the speed and frequency of trains across the Fens.

Cutting the rail travel time to Cambridge from the current hour or so to just 35 minutes could encourage some high technology firms to expand outside their currently overcrowded locations in and around Cambridge and see Peterborough as a suitable place to relocate or expand – bringing their highly paid, high skill jobs with them.

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  • All rail routes from the East of England to the west and north converge in Peterborough. Improvements to the track and to the service levels would benefit the whole of the East of England, and of course those destinations west and north of here.

    Doubling the single track between Ely and Soham will help with links to Bury St Edmunds, Ipswich, Colchester and the eastern ports. The more freight which can be carried by this route the better, relieving congestion on the A14 between Huntingdon and Cambridge. A very high proportion of vehicles on this length of road are short-distance car journeys, and those between Peterborough and Cambridge would be reduced if (as Peter suggests) the rail journey time were reduced. The new Cambridge station at Chesterton (to be opened in 2016?) will further help, for Peterborough people who wish to commute to northern Cambridge. The Chesterton station needs better pedestrian and cycle links than are currently proposed!

    Then there’s better timetabling, for changing trains and for neat links with local buses, there’s better information, and service reliability… each of these deserves much better than we are getting in Peterborough, or in most other places too…

    How can we make Peterborough City Council as proud of its public transport as of its roads, and as keen to improve it???

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