Our infrastructure needs: talking to the Chief Secretary to the Treasury
The Chief Secretary to the Treasury, the Rt Hon David Gauke MP, visited the iconic Sangar Institute yesterday to hear about the world-leading genome research taking place there, and the incredible growth in this industry. This part of Cambridgeshire is on a par with California and Boston as a global hub of innovation in this fast-moving field. We discussed connectivity over to Oxford and down to London, but also talked about the local transport issues.
Mayoral candidate for Cambridgeshire James Palmer attended and asked the scientists about the transport infrastructure challenges that the site faces. The site actively reduces travel to the site by car, and runs a shuttle bus to Whittlesford as well as encouraging cycling.
We talked about the issues that affect not only the people working at the Wellcome Institute, but also the villages nearby. We discussed whether the existing rail set up actually is right for this part of Cambridgeshire, and whether more stations: at Sawston and Hinxton for example, would enable people to travel without putting more pressure on the A505, and keeping this area green - which is one of the reasons why businesses want their people to come and live here.
If we want to build up this world class scientific community, then connectivity between the Bio-medical campus at Addenbrookes and the three sites at Wellcome (Hinxton), Granta Parks (Abington) and the Babraham Institute, is critical.