Promoting sustainable travel
A wide range of initiatives are underway to support and encourage sustainable travel.
Click here to download a presentation on transport initiatives aimed at alleviating congestion.
Travel Plan Plus
We have been a member of Travel Plan Plus (TP+) for the last 5 years. Travel Plan Plus (TP+) is a Travel for Cambridgeshire (TfC) Project providing support to organisations in the north Cambridge area including the Cambridge Science Park. TP+ operate a Commuter Centre from the Innovation Centre on the Park. Transport Manager Prajina Baisyet is on hand to offer practical advice and support to employees on the Park.
Science Park Transport Group
The Science Park Transport Group is hosted by TP+ and meets quarterly to discuss a wide range of transport related topics. One representative from every company on the Park is welcome to attend.
Reducing car trips
The most practical way for us to alleviate congestion is to reduce the number of cars coming onto and off the park in the rush hours. Here are some of the measures we have implemented to address this issue:
- free taxi service for commuters using Cambridge North Station
- free postcode lunches where people can meet others who live in their town or village - to encourage car sharing
3-day commuter challenge where drivers are encouraged to try a different mode of transport for 3 days in return for a reward
making the Ofo shared bikes available on the Park and at Cambridge North
ensuring that every new building on the Park has shower facilities as well as covered and lit cycle racks
- producing travel plans for individuals on the Park to compare green travel options with driving
- annual Transport Expo (28 June 2018)
The companies on the Science Park share our committment to sustainable travel and are also implementing a variety of measures. These include allocating designated and prime parking spaces to car sharers and offering incentives such as free coffee, breakfast or other giveaways to those who car share.
Driving- Cambridge Science Park CarShare Club
A new initiative for people who work on the Park and are willing to car share even just as a one-off event e.g. if your car is in for service
To reduce congestion especially when the A14 roadworks are set to continue to December 2020
How it works
Join a dedicated Cambridge Science Park What's App Group exclusively for people who live in your town or village and work on the Park. Once in the Group, you can message people the night before offering or requesting a lift for the following day so you have maximum flexibility
If you complete 3 return journeys by the end of February 2019, and send us photographic evidence, you will be entered into our Lucky Dip and guaranteed to win a prize.
Resources available to cyclists
Bike repair and servicing
Crazy Spanners operates from a mobile van from 8am – 5pm
Tuesday and Thursday - behind the Innovation Centre on the Science Park
Wednesday - Business Park
Monday and Friday - St John's Innovation Centre
Cambridge cycling campaign
Cambridge Cycling Campaign is a charity run by volunteers. Founded in 1995, its aim is safer, better and more cycling in the Cambridge area where about half of the local population uses a bike at least once a month. Many of the cycle facilities such as paths, lanes, traffic signals, bridges and cycle parks would not exist without the work done by our members.
Cycle journey planner
CycleStreets is a UK-wide cycle journey planner system which lets you plan routes from A to B by bike. It is designed by cyclists, for cyclists, and caters for the needs of both confident and less confident cyclists. - www.cyclestreets.net/
The Bike Hub cycle journey planner
BikeHub.co.uk is a joint initiative of the Bicycle Association and the Association of Cycle Traders via the Bike Hub levy scheme. Finds the quickest or quietest cycle routes on your smartphone.
Do you live more than 3 miles from work and would like to cycle, but think it is too far? Take a look at the TP+ Start Cycling Guide and get some great tips and advice on how to get on your bike.
Free ‘try it’ bus tickets are available from our Transport Manager Prajina Baisyet
Review of the King's Hedges Junction
The review of the Kings Hedges Junction was completed at the end of March.
- Some of the bus inputs were being demanded too early causing the bus stage to appear either too early or in some circumstances extending for too long
- The signal timings could be adjusted to allow more vehicles to make the left turn from King's Hedges Road into the Regional College Road. There was also scope for extra green time in the evening peak for the Regional College Road
- Currently there are stages which are demanded with no vehicles present. One of these is the King Hedges Road westbound right turn. This is caused by ahead vehicles missing the pot hole and overrunning the right turn lane, placing a demand for the right turn movement.
On 20 March the amended timings were implemented. This gives a further 15 seconds on the King's Hedges eastbound left turn in the morning and a further 9 seconds on the Regional College Road in the afternoon/evening. The advanced bus detection inputs were disabled and the detector that was detecting buses too early was adjusted. The issue of the pothole has been partly addressed as it seems to have had some remedial attention carried out following the reporting of it to CCC. However some vehicles are still overrunning the right turn loop. This issue should be resolved when the carriageway is resurfaced week commencing 25 March and the replacement loops recut differently in order to minimise overrun by ahead vehicles.
The result of these bus input/detection changes are:
- the buses are now being demanded accurately and the green time given appropriate to the number of buses present
- the level of queuing for the morning on King's Hedges Road eastbound left turn is significantly less and the queue observed the previous week did not materialise
- due to exit blocking on King's Hedges Road westbound exit, there are queues all along the Regional College Road as well as the internal route network of Cambridge Science Park, which may/may not be linked to the A14 westbound queuing