Last reviewed 10 March 2021

A report from the councils involved in the Greater Cambridge Partnership (GCP) proposes that the county council and combined authority should work towards a target of only allowing buses with zero emissions into Cambridge city centre by 2025.

The GCP has also said that it is looking at how it can impose similar emission restrictions on coaches, heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) and taxis but no timeline has been set for this extension.

In its latest report it suggests that, as a minimum goal, 60% of travel in Cambridgeshire in 2030 ought to be on buses, cycling and walking — up from 40% in 2019.

“Taking into account some of the operational challenges of moving to zero emission buses immediately,” the GCP said, “it is proposed to work with bus operators and the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority to reduce emissions by moving to zero emission services within the central area by 2025, with a short-term milestone of moving to a Euro VI fleet to secure immediate air quality benefits.”

The aim is to support a green recovery by investing in sustainable transport, with plans to expand the walking and cycling network and build an improved bus network as the country emerges from the pandemic.

The report will go to the GCP executive board for a decision in March 2021.

The Partnership wants to tackle emissions and reduce congestion through a “phased approach”, beginning with its investment in sustainable public transport, such as the segregated busways proposed around the city, and the introduction of better cycle routes.