South Cambridgeshire MP Heidi Allen recently called for a pause to the City Deal to undertake more strategic and long-term planning, which may involve greater investment: from her website [emphasis added] –
“We are a powerful team in Cambridgeshire and I believe some of the suggested alternatives are well worth exploring further; light rail and a park and ride at the Girton interchange. For my part, I spoke yesterday to the Secretary of State for Local Government, Sajid Javid and he has promised me he will look into extending our spending deadline. We are on the verge of a Devolution Deal which will give us greater control over our infrastructure funding and allow us to look holistically at transport solutions. ”
We very much welcome these positive developments, and aim to keep working to persuade decision-makers that there really is a phenomenal opportunity in front of us for a new and better vision for Cambridge transport. We recognise this will require investment, although we think Cambridge is worth that, and it will better serve our needs for the long term.