Thursday, 9 August 2012

Work Starts At Babraham Road Park And Ride Extension

Babraham Road Park & Ride site - Image
Courtesy Wikimedia Commons

Cambridgeshire County Council is about to start work on extending the popular Babraham Road Park & Ride site - contractors begin the work on 13 August.

The Babraham Road site is the most used of the five Cambridge Park and Ride sites and the expansion is needed to ensure there are enough parking spaces for people wishing to use the highly success service into and across Cambridge.

Most weekdays the site is full for around two hours and 90% of spaces are taken for four hours.  On weekends, 90% of all spaces are full for three hours a day.

The expansion project will increase the existing capacity of 1000 car parking spaces by about 500 and add a further 80 sheltered cycle parking spaces. The extension is expected to cost £2 million, with funding provided from developers in the area served by the Park and Ride.

The construction will not affect the normal operation of the Park and Ride service. However a very small number of existing parking spaces around the work site will not be available.  The extended site is expected to be available in time for Christmas.

Councillor Ian Bates, Cabinet Member for Growth and Planning at Cambridgeshire County Council, said: "The Cambridge Park & Ride is an award-winning system with almost 4 million trips made each year. The proposed extension to Babraham Road Park & Ride will provide much needed additional capacity and will ensure that the site has space available, especially in the morning peak when the site at present can regularly be full.

"With a direct link to Addenbrooke's Hospital and Cambridge Railway Station, the Babraham extension will provide an excellent alternative for passengers wishing to access both these areas and the City itself."