A fast, frequent, reliable and efficient Cambridge Light Rail service would be much more convenient for people. This would have a major influence on travel mode choices. Cambridge Light Rail stops would be located at convenient junctions, coupled with Park & Ride facilities where appropriate on the periphery of the City. Importantly, the stops are located so they would be very accessible to the Cambridge cycle network too.
Cambridge Connect has calculated the accessibility of the proposed Light Rail stops to residential / commercial areas in Cambridge. Overall, in summary:
- More than one third (37%) of the City lies within 6 mins walk or 2.5 mins cycle of the stops proposed (i.e. within 500 m).
- More than three quarters (77%) of the City lies within 12 mins walk or 5 mins cycle (1000 m).
- Almost 95% of the City lies within 18 mins walk or 7.5 mins cycle of a stop (1500 m).
The accessibility of stops on the network means they will serve resident, business, university and visitor needs very effectively. Convenient locations and a rapid and frequent service will motivate people to use public transport.
Inner City Parking
At present, particularly in weekends, hundreds of cars queue for long periods to access inner City car parks. This is time-consuming, inefficient, very frustrating for residents, and bad for the environment (our air quality and carbon footprint). The ‘queue to park’ model we seem to have accepted in Cambridge is enormously wasteful an is unsustainable.
A Cambridge Light Rail system of the type proposed by Cambridge Connect would make a dramatic improvement to the parking problems experienced in Cambridge by offering people a realistic and convenient alternative. It seems obvious by the size of the queues in weekends that buses are not offering an alternative that is more attractive for many than spending long periods in lines of cars (do we British just love a good queue?!).
A rapid Light Rail alternative would be an attractive and convenient option that people would be likely to choose, and this would reduce congestion, reduce fuel wastage, reduce time wastage, improve air quality and be more sustainable.