Whittlesford rural travel hub gathers ideas...
A well attended local event, including reps from local businesses and organisations such as the Imperial War Museum at Duxford, and from other villages, gathered people this week to put forward ideas and brainstorm options for the Whittlesford rural travel hub. The interest of the IWM - by the way - is how do you solve the final mile problem, in that you can get to Whittlesford Station often and quickly, from a great many locations because it is on a main line - but how does someone get to the IWM after that for a grand day out? Its a very long hike on a footpath along a very busy road and then having to cross the roundabout leading to the M11 - need to be nimble there!
And of course for Whittlesford residents that live near the station the increased use of the station presents different problems - commuter parking, increased traffic making it a challenge for children cycling to the station to get the train into school in Cambridge, and so on. Duxford too has an interest in all this as their residents and their school would dearly like better access to the station.
Here's the link to a Greater Cambridge Partnership page that gives more detail on the hub project overall.
I've worked to improve Whittlesford station for residents and commuters alike over the years - we had CCTV problems many years ago (well, there was no CCTV or proper lighting at the station, to be precise, and after lobbying the then train operators improved the lighting and put in limited CCTV). I'm pleased that the Greater Cambridge Partnership will pay for increased cycling facilities at the station, which again, the train operators said they would do well over 5 years ago.