The Chairman of the Greater Cambridge City Deal Board has today underlined his commitment to listening to the public response on peak-time congestion control points.
Work is currently underway to assess the public response to an eight-point plan to tackle congestion in the city, including the concept of six virtual road closures on key routes to manage traffic.
Cllr Herbert, leader of Cambridge City Council said: “Along with other Board members, I am immensely grateful to all the respondents who have provided a wealth of insight and information about how we can best tackle traffic congestion in Cambridge, and have responded in detail on the consultation that closed ten days ago.
"From what I have read and heard so far in responses to the consultation one aspect, the proposal for the six Control Points, has serious problems given the evidence on the scale of its negative impacts on city businesses and residents, a
nd at this stage I am unconvinced that it is viable.
"I know that other Board members have also been considering these issues and share the view that that the proposed scheme for six Peak-time Congestion Control Points (PCCPs) needs full review.
"This will be part of the next stage once the City Deal has completed the assessment of all the 9000 returned surveys and over 1000 more detailed responses and prepared an initial report for the Board and Assembly, learning from the consultation responses.
"The officer team will then consider all the evidence, evaluate and work up further proposals for demand management to address growing peak-time central city congestion.
"Only by removing avoidable peak vehicle journeys can we restore bus reliability, cut massive journey delays for travellers, and end the wider damage to the quality of life of both residents and travellers and the risk to city's current and future prosperity.
"It is heartening that there is clear and strong community support for this and tackling congestion and a recognition that a far higher percentage of journeys need to be non-car. And the eventual solutions need to be acceptable to the wider community, while recognising that no solution is going to be universally popular.
"Once work on the updated proposals and any additional options has been completed, I am also committed to ensuring that the City Deal again seeks the views of residents, commuters (including bus passengers), businesses, stakeholders and the City Deal Assembly before any final decisions."
CONTINUING DISCUSSION on PEAK-TIME CONGESTION CONTROL POINTS (PCCP) and RESIDENT PARKING ZONES.
This weekend Romsey Labour Party took to the street to promote the consultation on Peak-time Congestion Points. We knocked on 1100 doors and it was clear that the mood had changed. Many of our residents were now more concerned that they were going to be disadvantaged by PCCP's. This is inline with soundings taken on Mill Road over the past week and a concern over pollution and congestion has given way to a fear of disruption of every day lives. We are in listening mode as the letter from Lewis Herbert indicates.
This is the latest comment from Lewis Herbert Labour Chair of the Greater Cambridge City Deal:
“We get the message from Cambridge residents, local companies, and from others responding to the consultation, that there are issues with the control point proposals in their current form.
We are running the consultation to test ideas and listen to responses because congestion can only be tackled in partnership with the whole community in Cambridge and beyond.
We will undertake a full review of the control points and consider all other responses on the eight point congestion package consultation after it closes on the 10th October.
The City Deal will analyse responses and then publish an interim response ahead of further work on developing the best package to sort out the city's growing congestion problems. As we have said, doing nothing is not an option."
To be heard fill in the questionnaire or complete online https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/5GK2S/
Remember your comments can include the location of PCCP’s, the times they should operate, if they should be one way or two way and indeed if people think they are a good idea at all. Don’t forget positive comments are also important.
Cllr Dave Baigent firstname.lastname@example.org (07802 495 329)
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There was a march yesterday organised by the Mill Road Traders against the Peak-time Congestion Controls.
I attended and spoke to many of the 100 or so people who turned out on a cold autumnal morning at 0800. When the march ended at Parker's Piece I spoke to the whole crowd to congratulate them for taking part in this democratic exercise and to encourage them to complete the survey before Monday.
I also cautioned against many of the untrue stories that are being spread about the PCCP's. As an Assembly Member on the Greater Cambridge City Deal I am looking forward to reading people's suggestions for PCCP's, especially about their location, the times they should operate, if they should be one way or two way and indeed if people think they are a good idea at all.
I cannot emphasise enough that this is not a done deal. No decisions have been made and any decision will very much bear in mind the outcome of the survey.
I appreciate Anthony Carpen providing an opportunity for me to get my message out after the march https://youtu.be/-lbqXmyelgY
We were outside the Coop on Mill Road on Saturday 1st October discussing the proposals with residents and leading to a thought that: "If resident parking were to be adopted for Coleridge, Petersfield and Romsey, then a single PCP at the swimming pool would stop through traffic travelling into the city on Mill Road at peak-times - provide a safer Mill Road for walking and cycling, and considerably reduce pollution."
It appears from our discussions so far that the vast majority of Romsey residents are in favour of closing Mill Road to through traffic during peak congestion times in the morning - some residents believe that closing Mill Road to through traffic all the time would be a good idea and there are also a few residents who feel that any closure will cause them a considerable harm.
Amongst those who believe PCCP is a good idea, the debate varies to where closure should be. The main suggestions are at the swimming pool, at the end of Mill Road just after Seymour Street or at the junction of Coleridge Road. There is general agreement that in the morning these points should be tidal to allow traffic to freely exit the city and that the early trial should be between 0730 and 0915. If this works and people leave their cars outside the city, there should then be no need for the PCCP's to operate in the afternoon - it may therefore be unnecessary at the start of the trial to use the afternoon session.
Although it is likely that a single point at the swimming pool will cause the least disruption to Romsey residents, given that most of Petersfield is resident parking only, this would make Romsey into the last place to park before the city. The outcome would then be that commuters would drive around Romsey until they found a place to park and then walk/cycle into the city.
To reduce this problem would require a tidal flow PCCP that let traffic out of Romsey but stopped it coming in at either end of Mill Road and at Coleridge Rd. However, it is likely that commuters would soon learn that they could get to Romsey via a range of roads in Petersfield and from Coldhams Lane. Therefore a number of road closures would be required to stop this from happening and this will cause a significant disruption to residents.
For residents of Coleridge a similar position would apply as commuters looked for parking spaces on their streets. Now that boundary changes have been approved for the county a large part of Coleridge will soon be the responsibility of the County Councillor for Romsey.
One way around the problem of commuter parking in Romsey and Coleridge would be to make the whole of Romsey, Coleridge and Petersfield resident parking only. The County Council are responsible for resident parking and a joint city and county working party is currently looking at this (I am part of that committee).
If resident parking were to be adopted for Coleridge, Petersfield and Romsey, then a single PCP at the swimming pool would stop through traffic into the city on Mill Road at peak-times - provide a safer Mill Road for walking and cycling, and considerably reduce pollution.
Saturday 17th September 2016 1000 -1230 Sainsbury's Coldhams Lane.
Bring your queries and thoughts about the PCCP's in Romsey or have your say online
You may also wish to discuss resident parking - there are currently discussions taking place about this and a recommendation is going to be made to Joint Area Committee in October.
ONE of the visitors to an earlier discussion session used the term a 'virtuous circle' in referring to the net positives of reducing traffic in Romsey - less pollution, safer cycling and walking = fitter population.
Some residents are concerned that they will be trapped in their homes by the congestion control points - if you have this concern or similar contact me firstname.lastname@example.org
It is important to understand that the congestion points will only be in operation for a short time in the morning, with the potential for a repeat for a short time in the evening (if necessary).
There are a number of suggestions coming forward for the location of the PCCP's. One is to move it to the end of Mill Road, another is that it should be at the junction with Coleridge. Either of these would reduce the amount of cars that will drive around Romsey, and then park up and walk into town. However, they are also likely to inconvenience some residents
There have also been suggestions that the Coldhams Lane PCCP should be moved further down to say Vinery Road to again stop people driving around Romsey looking for somewhere to park.
The anticipation is that the PCCP on Mill Road will be tidal - that is to say stopping traffic coming into Cambridge. Residents will be able to leave Romsey at all times via Mill Road.
Discussion on reducing peak time traffic congestion in Cambridge at Ross Street Community Centre Sunday 24th July 1300 - 1700
At a well attended meeting residents were able to ask questions and make their thoughts known to Romsey Councillors.
- The overwhelming consensus was that PCCP were a good idea.
- The majority of people thought that the PCCP on Mill Rd would be better placed on Mill Rd just after the junction with Coleridge.
- Consensus was that the Mill Road Rd PCCP should be tidal to allow people to leave Romsey via Mill Rd.
- Majority in favour of further consideration of blue badge usage
During Peak times traffic congestion and pollution are seriously affecting Cambridge residents. The City Deal provides money to help with this and a survey is under way to consider two proposals to reduce the amount of vehicles travelling into and across the city and promote walking, cycling and buses as an alternative by the use of Peak Time Congestion Control Points (PCCP) and a Workplace Parking Levy (WPL).
Probably two of the PTCP are going to provide the greatest advantage for Romsey residents. Situated on Mill Road and Coldhams Lane, they will stop most inbound traffic, reduce pollution, and free up these roads for cyclists and buses.
Arguably, PTCP on Mill Road should only need to operate in the morning and be tidal to stop incoming city bound traffic.
There is a suggestion that rather than be on Mill Road Bridge the PCCP should be at the junction with Coleridge Rd to prevent traffic coming into a significant part of Romsey during rush hour. It is also worth consideration as to if the Coldhams Lane PCCP should move down towards Vinery Road.
The precise location of these points is subjectof the discussion and Romsey needs to ensure that no one is trapped in their home, or subject to rat running.
Romsey Labour party has arranged a public exhibition with the opportunity to discuss these measures on Sunday 27th July between 1100 and 1500 at Ross Street Community Centre
There is also an online booklet and questionnaire
Another discussion that Romsey should also be part of will be the question of parking. There is currently a revue of resident parking schemes taking place. Potentially this will increase the amount of resident parking zones. If these go ahead, the knock on affect of this will be that areas without parking zones will be subject to displacement parking. Romsey should therefore be part of this debate and we should also consider if we want to prevent commuters from using Romsey as a final stopping place for their journey into the city. This can also be discussed at the Romsey Exhibition.
For further details contact your local councillors