The Wisbech bus route is the main topic of conversation during the roadshow

The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority were delighted to meet over 100 people from across the region at their Six Keys Roadshow.

The roadshow consisted of a tour of the six districts including Wisbech, Cambridge, Gamlingay, Ely, Peterborough and Huntingdon over a period of one month. The campaign reached over 12,000 people across digital platforms and online articles.

Among the many conversations that took place during the roadshow, topics included: buses; Sustainable Travel Zone; adult education; Cycling infrastructure; Access to general practitioners and hospitals; Climate; ARU Peterborough.

The one consistent topic of conversation through all the events was transport, and in particular the future of buses in the region, including the number 68 bus in Wisbech. (60443826)

During all six events, members of the community came to speak with the Mayor, Dr. Nik Johnson, and officers from across the Combined Authority teams, about topics of interest to them.

The one consistent topic of conversation through all the events was transport, and in particular the future of buses in the region, including the number 68 bus in Wisbech and the Ely Zipper, and the services recently withdrawn by Stagecoach.

The Joint Authority was able to share the hard work of the transport team to ensure that rural communities and the people who live there continue to be served by a bus network that meets their needs.

The one consistent topic of conversation through all the events was transport, and in particular the future of buses in the region, including the number 68 bus in Wisbech.  (60443829)
The one consistent topic of conversation through all the events was transport, and in particular the future of buses in the region, including the number 68 bus in Wisbech. (60443829)

It was clear that the impact bus cuts could have on people and communities cannot be underestimated, but the Combined Authority was able to share its longer-term plans for the bus network, including how making buses more sustainable with projects such as Demand Responsive Transportation Programs (DRT) and Zero Emission Buses (Zebra).

Other topics included the Greater Cambridge Partnership Sustainable Travel Zone consultation, where participants were encouraged to take part in the consultation to ensure their voices are heard on the future of transport to and from from downtown Cambridge.

There were also conversations about how the Combined Authority is growing continuing education and adult education course offerings in the region, including discussions about Skills Bootcamps, their goals, and their expansion since the project. pilot, as well as the recent successful Adult Education Budget (AEB) commissioning.

The one consistent topic of conversation through all the events was transport, and in particular the future of buses in the region, including the number 68 bus in Wisbech.  (60443823)
The one consistent topic of conversation through all the events was transport, and in particular the future of buses in the region, including the number 68 bus in Wisbech. (60443823)

Cycling infrastructure was also another topic of interest, and in addition to specific plans such as the Soham to Wicken Cycle Route, the Combined Authority discussed its active travel plans, which may soon receive a boost major if a recent pitch for active travel funding is approved. by the government.

It was clear that for every topic covered – from roads to education, from climate to health, from transport to housing – each of the Combined Authority’s projects is unlocked by at least one of six keys, which are the fundamental keys principles that the Combined Authority considers essential to leveling our communities and enabling our good ambitions for growth.

They are:

Climate and Nature: restoring the natural capital of our territory and dealing with the impacts of climate change

Health and Skills: Strengthening the health and skills of our people to ensure people in our region are healthy and able to pursue the jobs and lives they want

Innovation: building on our reputation for new thinking, new technologies and new ideas

Reducing Inequalities: Closing Regional Gaps in People’s Life Expectancies and Incomes by Investing in Our Communities

Infrastructure: build public transport networks, improve digital connectivity and provide infrastructure for energy and water systems

Finances and systems: ensuring that the way we spend our money and the way our decisions are made are cost effective and transparent

After the success of the first six events, there are plans to bring the future version of the roadshow to more venues across the region next year.



Jessica C. Bell