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Great Shelford is served by a local train station, several bus routes and the Park & Ride buses pass nearby.
The safety of pedestrians, cyclists, horse riders and indeed drivers and passengers on some of our roads and footpaths has caused concern, as has exhaust and noise pollution.
Many roads within the village are subject to a 20mph speed limit but this is largely ignored and signage is not obvious.
The roads in Great Shelford are predominantly residential but are increasingly being required to provide commuter, commercial and high-speed connections to support both Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire’s economy and population.
Congestion, speeding and parking issues are obvious throughout the village and recently Church Street and the High Street have been identified as being of particular concern but speeding and congestion cause issues throughout the entirety of the village.
There are areas where road visibility is poor, traffic flow is restricted and where compatibility with road usage by large vehicles such as buses, coaches, HGVs and farm vehicles, along with commuter traffic, has to be questioned.
Great Shelford Parish Council receives numerous suggestions and comments and tries to take to account of all. Many conflict, as different people have different priorities.
Following recent consultation (Traffic Over Load Survey Results) we believe the most commonly understood priorities to be:
- reducing traffic passing through the village;
- improving pedestrian safety; and
- improving public transport
Whilst these are not issues that fall entirely under GSPC’s remit, we will use them to influence our discussion with, and responses to Cambridgeshire County Council, South Cambridgeshire District Council and other authorities planning transport initiatives.
Speeding, air pollution and aggressive driving, along with congestion and parking issues, are matters which concern many residents.
Specific measures that our parishioners have asked us to explore include: traffic calming measures, cycle paths, low traffic neighbourhoods, the introduction of charging for all day parking, installation of charging points for electric vehicles, pedestrianisation, buildouts/chicanes with planting, School streets and Liveable streets.
We will continue to investigate these measures and to consult on findings and proposals
Great Shelford Parish Council – Current Position
A GSPC working group has been operating since January 2021 to consider options for maintaining safe and appropriate traffic flow through the village, primarily to reduce accidents and lower risk, but also to encourage consideration of and aspirations for the future of the village in the medium to long term. i.e. what Great Shelford will look and feel like in the next 10-20 years and beyond.
GSPC would support expenditure of up to £50k for a project to implement some temporary or permanent measures, paid for from the Parish Precept, subject to approval of detailed plans.
Public consultation undertaken in 2021 is informing our thinking and will be used as a basis for further consultation. GSPC engaged a transport consultant in February 2022 to consider key issues of safety enhancement and traffic reduction measures on Church Street, High Street and Woollards Lane. The report from the consultants has now been received and further work was commissioned in February 2023 to explore the feasibility and potential benefits of introducing a one way system. This work will measure traffic flows and the potential impact of changes.
Proposals arising from this work and other investigative work will be shared with residents and feedback invited on practicable initiatives that could be discussed with the Highways Department of Cambridgeshire County Council and then trialled.
Great Shelford Parish Council considers traffic management a key planning issue for the future of the village and has developed a policy to guide future the parish council’s future decisions and actions.