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Protect Madingley Wood and the Cambridge American Cemetery from the Greater Cambridge City Deal

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The Greater Cambridge City Deal partnership (GCCD) has invited local residents to comment on the proposals made in its ‘Better Bus Journeys?’ leaflet. I am a user of local roads as a motorist, bus-user, cyclist and pedestrian. I am petitioning to object to the proposed new bus route Option Area 1 North Blue and the Park and Ride site at the Madingley Mulch roundabout.

A bus lane developed along the existing A428 from Cambourne to Cambridge is clearly more advantageous as it uses an existing road network which will be cheaper to construct and maintain. It will be quicker in use and respect the local environment – key aims of the proposal – by not building on the 800 Wood or imposing on the tranquillity of the Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial.

The Area 1 North route would devastate the 800 Wood which was planted to celebrate the 800th anniversary of the University, it is intended for the public to enjoy and makes a significant environmental and ecological contribution to one of the least wooded counties in the country. It would also have profound impact on the adjacent SSSI ‘Madingley Wood’ which, together with the 800 Wood, is the focus of unique, long-term research within several departments of the University of Cambridge.

The route continues southwards through fields in full view of the Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial, the only permanent American World War II Cemetery in the UK, with the site selected for its beauty and tranquillity on a hill overlooking fields. Anthony Eden sent a letter in 1954 to the American Ambassador promising ‘the area ... will be restricted to agricultural use’.

The proposed Park & Ride site at Madingley Mulch would be much better located north-east of the A428 Hardwick/Scotland Road junction for the following reasons:

  • There is better connectivity at this junction
  • This location would enable a much more versatile transport network with buses able to travel on two routes to serve Cambridge helping decongest traffic outside of Cambridge.

Please sign this petition to protect Madingley Wood, the Cambridge American Cemetery and the 800 Wood.



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