Harston has a traffic problem. The sheer volume of vehicles through the village - ~16,000 per day on weekdays - and the speed some of them travel is detrimental to our safety, not least from pollution. There is little by way of effective speed monitoring or management, especially near our school, and there have been a number of potentially very serious speed-related accidents on the bend between the High St and Royston Road.
The public transport situation is dire; despite Stagecoach returning the 26 bus to an hourly off-peak service, changing at Trumpington Park and Ride, there are significant gaps in the timetable which will put off commuters: after the 07:34 bus which goes through to Drummer Street arriving at 08:00, there is not another one till 10:16. So people going to work have to be prepared to arrive in Cambridge at 08:00 - not ideal for those starting at 09:00 or thereabouts. The return journey is not much better for commuters as there is nothing direct between 16:40 and 18:05 from Drummer Street.
There are also serious gaps in terms of walking and cycling infrastructure, such as the lack of footpath between London Road and Newton/ Shelford Road; a continuous, flat, off-road path is needed - especially if Network Rail close the crossing at The Drift and send walkers and cyclist over the railway at this point.
We know from our meetings and emails to us that this is one of the main issues for people in Harston, with a bypass at the top of most people's wishlist. We need to look at all the options for improving traffic and transport problems in our village, so please come along to this single-issue meeting if you feel passionately about this and want to help campaign for change.
One area of our Community Development Day on Sunday 8 October will be dedicated to traffic and transport, so please do come along to that with your ideas and suggestions for how things could be improved, too.
Agenda coming soon.