Stagecoach and Cambridge councillors are at loggerheads over a proposal to construct a brand new bus station on Christ’s Items.
Cambridge’s largest bus operator mentioned the present bus station in Drummer Road will not be “match for function” and needs to be changed with a brand new high-tech ‘bus hub’ within the metropolis centre.
Andy Campbell, managing director of Stagecoach East, mentioned the Drummer Road station is just too small and will be unable to deal with elevated providers coming in from progress in close by cities like Northstowe, Waterbeach , Ely and Haverhill.
He desires a brand new bus station, double the dimensions of the previous one constructed on Christ’s Items.
Lewis Herbert, chief of Cambridge Metropolis Council and chairman of the Higher Cambridge Partnership board, disagrees with the thought, claiming it isn’t appropriate for such a “delicate” a part of town centre.
He identified that the park has simply received a Inexperienced Flag award, and that constructing a bus station on it will not be fashionable.
The proposed plans have divided Cambridgeshire Stay readers – some imagine it’s outdated and poorly positioned whereas others have expressed their concern for town’s inexperienced areas.
In Stagecoach’s personal curiosity
Camcitizen thinks the brand new ‘bus hub’ may exclude different public transport plans such because the metro, writing: “ [I] agree that is nearly Mr Campbell taking care of Stagecoach’s personal pursuits – all to the exclusion of different extra bold and most well-liked public transport alternate options – and is probably going however the first of extra pre-emptive strikes in opposition to the a lot anticipated transport Metro /gentle rail proposals presently beneath analysis by the brand new Mixed Authority.”
A facelift for Drummer Road
Somewhat than completely demolishing and rebuilding the prevailing bus station elsewhere, some readers have argued a greater resolution may very well be to provide Drummer Road a makeover.
Pecko commented: “Drummer Road prior to now catered for extra buses than at current so why not study a re-design of the house out there and maybe return to the format of the station of yesteryear.”
A brand new residence
Many readers agree a brand new bus station can be useful for town, however have their very own concepts about the place it needs to be erected.
Anatis1 wrote on the Cambridgeshire Stay web site: “Stick the bus station on the derelict land between the station and Clifton Street. Construct a ticket corridor and entry to the station on that facet, footbridge over to the guided busway stops. Additionally helpful for the multistorey at Cambridge Leisure. Or is an built-in transport hub too adventurous?”
Arburyboy steered New Sq. may very well be an acceptable place to construct the bus station, commenting: “New Sq. was once a carpark – why not flip it into the brand new bus station – it virtually counts as a brownfield web site and is barely about 100 yards from the prevailing bus station – only a thought.”
A monstrous thought
Some readers discovered the thought altogether preposterous, claiming buses are ‘previous hat’ and can by no means be fashionable whether or not they’re cutting-edge or not. Cambridge UK believes this was as a substitute an excuse to re-open a debate concerning the want for improved public transport.
They wrote:”This can be a monstrous thought, and fortunately Cllr’s Bick and Herbert agree. It’ll by no means occur after all, however Andy Campbell is solely utilizing this as a shock tactic to attempt to re-open a debate concerning the want for improved public transportation in my view. That’s after all a smart debate to have. What is not smart is daft commentary resembling ‘excessive tech bus hub.”
Location makes some sense
Some readers agree with the thought of a brand new bus station however imagine one thing must be executed concerning the worth of tickets and timetable reliabilty.
Ralph Holland wrote on Fb: “A brand new bus station is required and the situation makes some sense. Nonetheless the costs Stagecoach cost are insane. In London the utmost payment for a single journey is £1.50 and for a day is £4.50.”
Adam Harris commented: “I would like dependable, worth for cash buses.”
Not a long-term resolution
The vast majority of readers really feel a extra in depth dialog about public transport hyperlinks in Cambridge must be had.
Epimetheus agrees with Campbell’s assertion about it being time for radical options however thinks a real resolution is an alternative choice to buses.
They commented on the web site: “Andy Campbell states “now could be the time for “radical” options to town’s transport issues” – 100% agree, besides a real radical resolution can be an alternative choice to buses that enables quick and high-volume motion of individuals across the metropolis and surrounding areas. Buses usually are not the long-term resolution.”
ExpatinCambs argued that Drummer Road bus station not suits the wants of town, they wrote: “Drummer Road was from a time when the Metropolis Centre was the one place one wanted to go. That’s actually not true anymore, and it doesn’t make sense to enter the Metropolis Centre solely to switch to a bus going out. There needs to be smaller nodes round Cambridge. Perhaps a bigger interchange close to one of many rail stations.”