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“Everyone involved is a winner” this World Theatre Day

After receiving almost half a million pounds from the Combined Authority to develop their already unique and vibrant cultural offer, the community in Soham now look back on the impact Viva Theatre has had on residents, making culture and wellbeing accessible to all residents and raising the town’s profile as a creative epicenter.  In 2022, […]

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Statement in response to Best Value Notice update

Today (30th January 2024) the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) have issued the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority with a revised Best Value Notice for a six-month period.   The revised Best Value Notice replaces the notice issued by DLUHC on 24th January 2023 and can be found here.   In the revised Best […]

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Results of Combined Authority Consultation to be discussed by Board Members

The Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority Board will consider an ambitious package of measures including £80m of new capital investment, and a huge leap forward in bus services region-wide, at its meeting on Wednesday 31st January.    Board Members will consider the results of the statutory consultation on the 2023- 25 draft Corporate Strategy Refresh, […]

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External Audit Results Report – 2021/22

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority has now received our Audit Results Report, for the year ended 31st March 2022, from Ernst & Young LLP (EY); our external auditors.   The Combined Authority’s Audit and Governance Committee will consider the report and discuss the contents of it with representatives of EY at their meeting on Friday 26th […]

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Joint statement from local leaders and the Combined Authority Mayor on Cambridge 2040 announcement

The Rt Hon Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities on Cambridge 2040, unveiled updated plans for the Government’s ‘Cambridge 2040’ vision today (19 December 2023). The Government’s vision for Cambridge includes proposals for “northwards” of 150,000 new homes around Cambridge as part of a major new expansion of the city. […]

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Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority announce new Executive Director of Place and Connectivity

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority are pleased to announce the appointment of Judith Barker as the new Executive Director of Place and Connectivity.   Joining from Central Bedfordshire Council, Judith has extensive experience working in local government and regional economic development. Serving more than 8 years at South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership. Her appointment […]

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Ground-breaking ceremony marks milestone for Peterborough College Centre for Green Technology

In a momentous milestone, key stakeholders from the city and community gathered to celebrate the ground-breaking of the state-of-the-art Centre for Green Technology, the latest and exciting innovative new development at Inspire Education Groups’ Peterborough College campus. Rachel Nicholls, Chief Executive Officer and Principal of Inspire Education Group, said, “Our Centre for Green Technology demonstrates […]

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Have Your Say on the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority’s planned activities and spending plans

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority are encouraging members of the public, business leaders and stakeholders to have their say on our planned activities and spending plans.  The Combined Authority Board agreed to go out for consultation on the organisation’s 2023-2025 Corporate Plan Refresh, 2024/25 Medium Term Financial Plan and Mayoral Precept Proposals when it met […]

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Mayor Dr Nik Johnson’s statement ahead of the Combined Authority Board meeting on Wednesday 29th November

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority Mayor, Dr Nik Johnson’s statement ahead of the Combined Authority Board meeting on Wednesday 29th November. At the meeting the Board will be asked to approve going out to consultation on the draft 2023-25 Corporate Plan Refresh, draft 2024-25 budget (including Mayoral Precept proposals) and the draft Medium Term Financial […]

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Statement from Mayor, Dr Nik Johnson: Ongoing bus service improvements with Whippet

The below is a statement by Mayor, Dr Nik Johnson, on the ongoing bus service improvements which Whippet are implementing following a meeting with Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority, Dr Nik Johnson, said:  “I have been consistent in our ambition to deliver a reformed bus network in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. A bus network that is sustainable and […]

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Mayor Dr Nik Johnson’s letter to Transport Minister, Mark Harper, to push for further details on Ely Junction, A10 and A1139

Dear Secretary of State,  I am writing to follow up on the Prime Ministers Network North announcements regarding A10 and A1139 improvements and Ely Area Capacity Enhancements at Conservative Party Conference.   Such news has been met warmly by residents in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, and I am keen to understand the wider details around these welcome […]

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Combined Authority announces Care Leaver’s Covenant Sign Up

We are thrilled to announce that we have officially signed up to the Care Leaver’s Covenant. By joining the Care Leavers Covenant, we’re taking a step towards a more equitable future, where every young person has access to opportunities and resources that help them reach their full potential. What is the Care Leavers Covenant? The […]

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Al Kingsley’s statement on the publication of Engineering UK report

“Some of the biggest challenges we face, from the energy transition to carbon net zero, greener transport and food security, will require a pipeline of talented engineers. As an East of England Apprenticeship Ambassador, I welcome the findings of this comprehensive study, led by Lord Knight and Lord Willetts, which shines a light on the […]

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Mayor Dr Nik Johnson’s statement following the Government’s commitment to transforming Ely Junction

So many of us here in the East of England have been championing an upgraded Ely Junction for many years, so today’s confirmation that we can at last get to work will be widely welcomed. This is a major investment in vital infrastructure that we have campaigned long and hard for. It’s a huge opportunity, not […]

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Delay to the audit of the 2022-23 Statement of Accounts

Every year, the Combined Authority prepares an annual Statement of Accounts as required by the Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015, following proper accounting practices. These practices are prescribed by the ‘Code of Practice on Local Authority Accounting in the United Kingdom’ and comply with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS). The purpose of the accounts is […]

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Mayor and Deputy Mayor’s joint statement regarding the Number 18 bus route

Mayor Dr Nik Johnson and Councillor Anna Smith, Deputy Mayor, have released a joint statement following complaints received about the Number 18 bus route, operated by Whippet. They said: “The number 18 bus route is a vital link between St Neots and Cambridge. People in communities along the route depend upon this service to go […]

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Cambridge celebrates the benefits of Voi shared e-scooters three years on

Over 800,000 car journeys have been taken off Cambridge’s roads thanks to the availability of shared e-scooters and e-bikes, delivered by Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority. The figure has been revealed by operating company Voi as the shared e-scooter and e-bike scheme celebrates its third anniversary operating in the city. Since the e-scooter and e-bike trial […]

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Cambridge Science Centre’s ‘STEM in the Fens’ initiative garners support from Combined Authority

Cambridge Science Centre (CSC) proudly welcomed Dr Nik Johnson, the Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, earlier this week to their immersive STEM Pop-Up Science Centre, currently hosted at the Wisbech & Fenland Museum. This groundbreaking initiative is part of the visionary programme to engage with the public and local schools to improve access to Science, […]

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Open Letter from Mayor Dr Nik Johnson to Cllr Wayne Fitzgerald and Paul Bristow MP

The below is a letter from Mayor Dr Nik Johnson to Peterborough City Council Leader, Cllr Wayne Fitzgerald and local MP Paul Bristow. Dear Cllr Wayne Fitzgerald and Paul Bristow MP, I’m writing to clarify the misleading rumors that have swirled around Peterborough City of late. Despite multiple attempts to clarify privately, in the press, […]

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Mayor and deputy Mayor work on restoring vital bus routes after visiting Wittering, Castor, Ailsworth and Wansford

Mayor Dr Nik Johnson and Deputy Mayor Anna Smith have put forward proposals to restore a key bus route in Wittering after visiting Wittering and the surrounding villages and witnessing first-hand the importance of the bus route in that area. Mayor Dr Nik Johnson and Deputy Mayor Anna Smith, on a separate visit, were taken […]

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Bus Service 18 bus helping students get to college on time

From 4th September onwards, students from St Neots will be able to use the number 18 bus to travel to college after the Authority worked with Whippet to change the timetabling. A group of 20 parents who live in St Neots, whose children either attend Cambourne Village College, or will be attending soon, wrote to […]

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Partnership set to accelerate green skills and retrofit jobs

A breakthrough partnership that will accelerate the development of green skills, and improve social housing infrastructure in the South East, has been announced. The Retrofit Academy and the Greater South East Net Zero Hub (GSENZH) are set to support the training and development of the workforce required to retrofit 13.9 million households across the region’s […]

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Families enjoy summer day out thanks to Ting

THIRTY residents, including families, from Love’s Farm community association in St Neots travelled from their home by Ting to Paxton Pits Nature Reserve for a day out, organised by Cllr Lara Davenport-Ray. The event was funded by the HDC Health Inequalities Project with the aim to get residents of Love’s Farm, and in particular families […]

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Mayor Dr Nik Johnson: Statement on the next steps for bus reform

The below is a statement by Mayor Dr Nik Johnson on the future of buses in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough and the work the Combined Authority is doing with partners to reform the network. “Better bus services across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough are vital to the future of our region. As Mayor, it’s clear to me that […]

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Local Energy Advice Demonstrator projects announced

Seven applicants have been chosen to receive a share of nearly £4m in funding following a successful bid to the Government’s Local Energy Advice Demonstrator (LEAD) programme. The projects are based throughout the Greater South East region and include a variety of solutions ranging from free home retrofit plans to working with local community groups […]

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Huge majority vote Ting!

A survey of 296 people who have used Ting found that 94 per cent preferred the taxi style service to regular bus services. Of the people surveyed, a higher percentage of young people, aged under 20, used Ting compared to regular buses, 20 per cent for Ting compared to just 3 per cent for regular […]

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Publication of Draft Statement of Accounts 2022-2023

Every year, the Combined Authority prepares an annual Statement of Accounts as required by the Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015, following proper accounting practices. These practices are prescribed by the ‘Code of Practice on Local Authority Accounting in the United Kingdom’ and comply with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS). The purpose of the accounts is […]

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Next Stop Summer! Combined Authority and the National Trust launch green tourism campaign

The Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority is collaborating with the National Trust to encourage more people to use buses to visit the region’s many great tourist and leisure spots this summer while most journeys are just £2. To mark the beginning of the campaign, Mayor Nik Johnson travelled by bus today from Huntingdon Bus Station […]

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Combined Authority announce new minibus link for people travelling between Thorney and Eye

From Monday 31 July, the existing 36 bus route run by Stagecoach will be replaced by a minibus service 36 run by FACT Community Transport on behalf of the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority. The timetable has been designed to ensure that residents will still be able to travel between Eye and Thorney to access […]

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Ticket office closure consultation

Following calls from Mayors across the Country, the consultation into the plan to close hundreds of ticket offices in England has been extended until 1 September. Reacting to this announcement, Mayor Dr Nik Johnson said: “I welcome the decision from the Rail Delivery Group to extend the consultation period by almost six weeks. However, I […]

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Mayoral statement on Gov’s Long Term Plan for Housing

Residents often speak with me about the unaffordability of homes in Cambridge. Indeed, Cambridge City is frequently listed within the least affordable places to live in the UK. Additionally, businesses are increasingly providing the feedback that the limited housing supply and it’s unaffordability is stifling their ability to recruit talent and limits the productivity of […]

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Putting nature on the road to recovery with a Local Nature Recovery Strategy

The Combined Authority has been selected as part of a group of 48 individual local authorities set to receive £307,974 from a funding pot of £14 million to develop a Local Nature Recovery Strategy (LNRS). Local Nature Recovery Strategies were introduced in the Environment Act 2021 as a new system of spatial strategies for nature. […]

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Combined Authority tendering for mini-bus as temporary replacement for 36 bus service

Following the withdrawal of the 36 bus route, the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority is going out to tender for a mini-bus to run between Eye and Thorney. The mini-bus is expected to be a temporary measure as a longer-term solution is found with operators. Mayor Nik Johnson said:   “We are going out to tender […]

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Statement from Mayor Dr Nik Johnson on Cambridge 2040

Many residents in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough will have read a report in The Times this weekend, stating the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) Minister’s, Michael Gove, ambition to turn Cambridge into Britain’s Silicon Valley, or Silicon Fen. The lack of local communication regarding this has been disappointing, but I hope to rectify […]

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Mayor Dr Nik Johnson statement: Route 36 Bus Service

The below is a statement by Mayor Dr Nik Johnson on the future of the Route 36 bus service and the work being done to mitigate the impact of the changes:  Mayor Dr Nik Johnson said: “Ever since Stagecoach made the Combined Authority aware on 18th May 2023 that they were making changes to their Peterborough […]

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Active Travel England visits Cambridgeshire & Peterborough  

Enthusiastic work by the Combined Authority and its partners to boost walking, wheeling and cycling in the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough area has been rewarded with a visit by the Government’s dedicated active travel team.   Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, Dr Nik Johnson hosted the fact-finding visit by Active Travel England’s CEO, Danny Williams and his […]

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The Six District Challenge – Completed!

On Monday 12th June 2023, Mayor Nik Johnson took part in the Six District Challenge, which involved getting around each of the six districts in Cambridgeshire, within 24 hours, using only public transport and active travel routes. With no prior plan on which routes to take, the Challenge was a unique opportunity to celebrate the […]

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E-scooters return outside the city as Cambridge clocks up 2 million rides on Voi e-scooters and e-bikes

People outside Cambridge City will be able to benefit from eScooters as they are now available in Impington, Histon, Girton and Milton The news comes as Cambridge hits the milestone of two million trips on e-scooters in the city over the last three years. Since the e-scooter trial was launched in partnership with Voi in […]

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Cambridge South a concrete reality as Minister announces full funding

Years of campaigning by the Combined Authority and others for a new station at Cambridge South paid off today when the rail minister, Huw Merriman, visited the site to announce £211 million from the Government to get the station into service by 2025. Work is already well under way on the Cambridge South Infrastructure Enhancements […]

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Combined Authority takes action to support care leavers

Mayor Nik Johnson said: “One of my key pledges to you as Mayor is to help create a strong sense of place and cultural identity for our region.  It is so important that people who have been through the care system can find their place in the world and have the same chances as everyone […]

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DELAY TO THE PUBLICATION OF 2022-23 DRAFT ACCOUNTS AND EXERCISE OF PUBLIC RIGHTS

Delay to the publication of the publication of draft accounts and exercise of public rights The Combined Authority is required to prepare an annual Statement of Accounts by the Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015, the regulations also set out the requirement to publish draft accounts for public inspection. Unfortunately the publication of the accounts will […]

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Mayor Dr Nik Johnson’s statement regarding East-West Rail announcement

The news that the government has given the green light to the next stage of the East-West Rail project, which will connect Cambridge, and the whole of Cambridgeshire, with Oxford is most welcome. We’ve been waiting a long while for this announcement. I whole heartedly agree, we do need better east-west rail links for the region. It […]

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Government awards Cambridgeshire and Peterborough £2.3 million for bus reform and extends £2 fares to the autumn

The government has announced Cambridgeshire and Peterborough will receive £2.3 million to continue work on improving the bus network.  The Department of Transport is also extending its scheme to cap the maximum adult single bus ticket at just £2 – instead of ending at the end of June, this offer, across all English bus routes, […]

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Excitement sparked at launch of 30 new electric vehicles for Cambridge

People will soon be able to travel on 30 new electric buses as part of the largest investment in Cambridge’s bus network in a decade to help tackle air pollution and encourage more people to travel by bus. Residents will be able to travel on the zero-emission, double decker buses as they are introduced into […]

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Market Engagement – Business Growth and Social Impact Investment Fund

Business Growth and Social Impact Investment Fund Procurement Market Engagement Event Wednesday 3rd May 2023 12pm – 1.30pm.  They will incorporate the following areas in its delivery: Designing the fund in partnership with CPCA – undertaking market testing to test the assumptions made by the CPCA in developing the fund and make recommendations on the […]

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Free screenings to take place across the region to celebrate the Coronation and Eurovision

On Saturday 6 May the region will be coming together to host live screenings of the Coronation of Their Majesties The King and The Queen Consort. In addition, some areas will be screening the Coronation concert on Sunday 7 May and Eurovision on Saturday 13 May. These events have been made possible thanks in part […]

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Experienced local Government leader appointed as Chief Executive of Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority

Experienced local Government leader, Rob Bridge, is set to take the helm of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO). The appointment has been made following the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority Board held on Wednesday March 22, which approved unanimously the recommendation from the Employment Committee to appoint Rob as […]

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Huntingdon and St Ives win last Market Towns pot with culture, community, and business bid

In a significant vote, the Board of the Combined Authority today unanimously approved the last bid for funding under its Market Towns Programme.  It means the £13.1 million fund is now fully allocated across 52 beneficiary projects in the key market towns of the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough region.   A green cycling link to help active […]

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Local Energy Advice Demonstrator competition launches to fund innovative energy-advice projects

The England-wide competition is asking providers to come forward with pilot projects that will provide new approaches for innovative, in-person, home energy retrofit advice to consumers in their local areas. The Greater South East Net Zero Hub (GSENZH) is working with the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero (DESNZ) and the four other Net […]

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Combined Authority Board agree the full business case for the Transport Model

At the Combined Authority meeting on 22 March, the full business case for the Transport Model, including the timeline for its future arrangements and delivery, was unanimously approved. In addition, the drawdown of £1.721m allocated within the Medium-Term Financial Plan was agreed for the delivery of the model. The aim of the Transport Model is […]

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Combined Authority Board approves the Bus Strategy

Members of the Combined Authority board have approved the Combined Authority’s Bus Strategy. The Bus Strategy recently went out to public consultation to an overwhelmingly positive response, with over 80% of the more than 1,000 respondents supporting the vision, aims and principles set out within it. There was clear support for the ambition to double […]

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Combined Authority Board agrees to enter into option agreement to acquire a potential site for the Peterborough bus depot

The Combined Authority Board has agreed to enter into an option agreement to secure the contractual ability to acquire a site in Peterborough with potential to serve as a bus depot. The Combined Authority will now continue to work with Peterborough City Council to identify and deliver a new depot facility. This comes after the […]

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Market towns in line for millions in community and rural enterprise funding

Pop-up science centres for children are among the community enterprises that could benefit from the latest phase of Combined Authority investment in Cambridgeshire’s market towns.   Members of the Combined Authority Board today unanimously approved the full business case for Phase 2 of the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Market Towns Programme, putting £2,500,000 of Combined Authority […]

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Win-Win for Peterborough as Fengate savings put A1260 Jct 3 on the road

Members of the Combined Authority board have unanimously approved a proposal to put an underspend of £3,441,880 from Peterborough’s Fengate Access Study budget towards building the city’s A1260 Junction 32/3 project.   The Board’s decision gives the go-ahead for contracts to be signed and the use of the Transforming Cities Fund allocation for construction of the […]

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Safety for active travellers at BP Roundabout discussed by Combined Authority

Safety for pedestrians, cyclists, horse riders, and active travellers of all types was front and centre today when the Combined Authority board unanimously approved using £100k to investigate road crossing issues at the BP Roundabout at Ely. Cambridgeshire County Council Highways’ department is requesting funding for the purpose of appointing and managing a consultant to […]

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Combined Authority on its toes if active travel funding bid succeeds

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough will hit the ground running if Active Travel England – ATE – invests in the walking, cycling, and wheeling proposals contained in the Combined Authority’s current bid for central government funding. In a unanimous vote, the Combined Authority Board approved the drawdown of funds to ensure the Combined Authority can move fast […]

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Green flag and £5m building blocks for Peterborough Station Quarter

Plans for improving Peterborough Station Quarter got fresh impetus today when members of Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority Board voted to accept almost £48 million from the Government for the development – and approved its release to Peterborough City Council in phased £5m blocks. Subject to the Department for Transport giving approval of the Station […]

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Home Upgrade Grant launches to provide energy efficiency and clean heating upgrades to low-income households in England.

The Home Upgrade Grant Phase 2 is being delivered across the region through the Greater South East Net Zero Hub, together with other organisations such as Cambridge City Council, who are leading delivery in the Cambridgeshire region, and Portsmouth City Council who are delivering the scheme to residents in Peterborough. The grant funds energy efficiency […]

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Launch of 30 new electric vehicles for Cambridge as part of multi-million pound investment to take place in May

Multi-million pound investment in green travel for Cambridge 30 new electric buses to enter service in May 2023 Funded by the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority, Department for Transport, Greater Cambridge Partnership (GCP) and Stagecoach East The launch of 30 new electric vehicles for Cambridge will be taking place in May. The zero-emission, double decker […]

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£122m plan set to bring lightning-fast broadband to 45,000 rural homes and businesses in Cambridgeshire

Confirmation that lightning-fast broadband is on the way for hard-to-reach areas across Cambridgeshire has been welcomed by the Mayor and leaders of the county’s digital connectivity programme.  Tens of thousands of residents in rural Cambridgeshire will benefit from today’s announcement from the Department for Science, Innovation and Technology – DSIT – that the local contract […]

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Handover of 15 new Almshouses in Girton takes place

A Community-Led Housing initiative at Dovehouse Court in Girton has formally completed 20th March,  providing 15 new homes in the form of Almshouses for over 55s who are living in or have a close connection to Girton. The project was funded by Girton Town Charity (GTC) and a £675,000 grant from the Combined Authority, and delivered by Barnes […]

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Affordable homes at Alconbury Weald continue to be completed

A number of units at Parcel 6 in Alconbury Weald have now been completed and are already occupied, with the remainder of the site due for completion in December 2023. The site is made up of a total of 94 homes, and 44 units have been completed to date. Of these 44, 35 are rented […]

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Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority Mayor, Dr Nik Johnson’s statement following the Government’s Spring Budget on 15th March 2023

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority Mayor, Dr Nik Johnson’s statement following the Government’s Spring Budget on 15th March 2023. Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority Mayor, Dr Nik Johnson said: “My initial reaction is that while there is some welcome investment benefitting the region, there is a real missed opportunity to support greater, fairer and cleaner […]

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£2 bus fares extended until 30 June

Passengers across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough will continue to benefit from £2 bus fares, thanks to £155 million government funding to help more people to travel more affordably. The Department of Transport has confirmed that the scheme, which has been running since 1 January, will be extended until 30 June 2023.  Bus use is down by […]

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Mayor Dr Nik Johnson responds to speculation about Investment Zones

Mayor Dr Nik Johnson responds to early speculation that the new wave of Investment Zones will be in the Midlands and the North: “I am disappointed to see that the new Investment Zones may only be just for the Midlands and the North. “Current reports suggest that only eight of the ten Combined Authority regions […]

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Mayor calls for Ely Junction Upgrade in the Chancellor’s Spring Budget 

Mayor, Dr Nik Johnson, calls for Ely Junction Upgrade to be announced in the Chancellor’s Spring Budget  CAMBRIDGESHIRE & Peterborough Combined Authority Mayor, Dr Nik Johnson’s statement ahead of the Government’s Spring Budget to be announced on 15th March 2023.  Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority Mayor, Dr Nik Johnson said:  “Cambridgeshire and Peterborough is a […]

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Combined Authority scoops high Government rating for ‘strong local leadership’ and ‘clear plans’ in active travel 

Of the local authorities outside London, Cambridgeshire & Peterborough has scored among the highest for its ‘strong local leadership’ and ‘clear plans’ to make walking, wheeling and cycling attractive travel options within the region. In this first ever review by the Department for Transport’s agency, Active Travel England, the Combined Authority was one of 30 […]

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Dr Nik Johnson begins phased return to Mayoral work

Dr Nik Johnson has begun a phased return to work as Mayor of Cambridgeshire & Peterborough following a three month leave of absence to receive medical treatment. The Mayor, who formally returned on Monday 6th March, will be following his doctor’s advice and returning to his role gradually as he continues his recovery.   Mayor […]

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There’s still time to have your say on bike share options for market towns

There is one week left for you to take our short survey to ensure that you have your say on bike share options for market towns. Bike hire schemes can take many forms, from the on-street self-service options seen in Cambridge city centre to bike libraries offering longer term loans. The survey looks to understand […]

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There’s still time to have your say on our Bus Strategy

There is one week left for you to take our short survey to ensure that you have your say on the Combined Authority’s Bus Strategy.   Our Bus Strategy, which can be viewed in its entirety here, aims to set out an ambitious vision and plan to improve our bus network in a way that will […]

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Practical completion of 21 affordable rent homes at More’s Meadow in Great Shelford takes place

A Community-Led Housing initiative at More’s Meadow in Great Shelford was completed on the 30th January, providing affordable rent homes in the local community for local people. The site includes 21 units at rents that are 50% of market rent, which is even lower than normal affordable rents. The scheme received grant support from the […]

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Celebrating National Apprenticeship Week across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

National Apprenticeship Week 2023 is taking place from the 6th – 12th February and is an opportunity to celebrate and shine a light on the positive impact that apprenticeships make to individuals, businesses, the community and the wider economy. This year’s theme is ‘Skills for Life’ – reflecting on how apprenticeships can help individuals to develop the […]

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Combined Authority pledges £1.1m to help sustainable meanwhile project in new North East Cambridge district move a step closer to delivery

At the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority Board Meeting in January, £1.1 million in Combined Authority funding was approved towards plans to develop a ‘meanwhile’ project focusing on tackling the climate emergency, food sustainability and green business initiatives within North East Cambridge. The initiative would be a collaboration between U+I and TOWN, the appointed master […]

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Combined Authority loan for West End Gardens in Haddenham repaid

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority has today confirmed that it has received repayment of a £6.5 million loan made to East Cambs Trading Company (ECTC), which was given to support a community-led development that delivered affordable housing for rent and sale in West End Gardens in Haddenham. This has been received ahead of the redemption […]

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Combined Authority Board approves funding for the approved ZEBRA business case

At the Combined Authority Board meeting on 25 January 2023, a recommendation that capital expenditure of £2,994,000 of funds be allocated to the approved ZEBRA business case was approved.  30 new zero emission electric double decker buses are due to join Cambridge’s ever expanding fleet of cleaner vehicles by the end of April as part […]

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Combined Authority Board votes to support buses across our region

At the Combined Authority Board meeting on 25 January the Board approved the Mayor’s draft budget for 2023/24 incorporating a Mayoral General Precept to support buses across our region. The Mayoral General Precept, will be an annual charge of £12 for a band D property and, based on forecasts from collection authorities would raise £3.6m […]

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Combined Authority receives £4million for Peterborough bus depot relocation

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority has been successful in a bid for £4million for the purpose of relocating the Peterborough bus depot from Lincoln Road. A number of potential sites are now being considered for the relocation, and the Combined Authority will be working closely with Peterborough City Council to drive the project forward.  The […]

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DLUHC Best Value Notice issued 24th January 2023

The Combined Authority has today (24th January 2023) been notified by DLUHC of a Best Value Notice This notice clarifies more formally DLUHC concerns, already shared with the Combined Authority following the Ernst and Young Auditor’s letter issued to the Combined Authority on 1st June 2022 and historical matters. These highlighted significant concerns regarding the […]

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Combined Authority is asking the public to have their say on bike share options for market towns

The Combined Authority is launching a survey to explore interest in providing access to a pool of bikes in the Market Towns of Cambridgeshire.  Bike hire schemes can take many forms, from the on-street self-service options seen in Cambridge city centre to bike libraries offering longer term loans. The survey looks to understand what potentially […]

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Government backs new Oxford to Cambridge Pan Regional Partnership

Secretary of State Rt Hon Michael Gove MP confirms support for the establishment of an Oxford to Cambridge Pan Regional Partnership. The endorsement follows a proposal submitted to government by leaders from local councils, local enterprise partnerships, the Arc Universities Group and the area’s transport body, England’s Economic Heartland. Backing for the pan-regional partnership unlocks […]

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£48 million in funding to transform Peterborough’s Station Quarter approved by Government

A total of £48million is on its way to Peterborough, following a successful Levelling Up Fund bid for the first phase of regeneration of the area around Peterborough Train Station – known as Station Quarter.   Peterborough City Council and Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority received the official confirmation from the Department for Levelling Up, Housing […]

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New Process for Bus Passes in Peterborough launches on February 1st

From February 1st, the way in which bus passes in Peterborough are issued will be changing.  The Combined Authority is responsible for issuing bus passes, and now the process can easily be completed online. Peterborough residents needing to apply for, replace or renew a bus pass can go to www.thebuspass.com and select “how do I […]

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Fengate gets £6m+ go-ahead from influential Combined Authority committee

In the latest move towards helping Peterborough fulfil its aspirations for growth, at today’s meeting of the Combined Authority’s Transport and Infrastructure Committee, members voted to recommend that the Board approve drawdown of £6,665,696 to heft the Fengate Access Study Improvement Schemes from paper to construction. Members welcomed the completed Fengate Phase 1 Full Business […]

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Vote clears the way for Broad Street construction

Members of the Combined Authority’s Transport and Infrastructure Committee today unanimously recommended that the Board votes through funding to start construction of the main Broad Street scheme in the Fenland market town of March. Members were updated on the completed March Area Transport Study Full Business Case 1 (FBC1) for Broad Street and agreed to […]

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£9+ million vote paves way for A1260 upgrade and Peterborough growth

Recommending nearly £10 million to carry forward the A1260 Junction 32/3 upgrade, the Combined Authority’s transport committee brought the key Peterborough road scheme a step nearer construction this week. Chaired by Deputy Mayor Coun Anna Smith, the Combined Authority’s Transport and Infrastructure Committee today voted to recommend that the Board signs off the A1260 improvement […]

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Combined Authority to relaunch 6-week Bus Strategy consultation

The Combined Authority made the decision to relaunch the Bus Strategy consultation today (Friday 13 January) after it became clear that an incorrect version of the Bus Strategy was uploaded to our website. The one uploaded was an earlier, public domain version that had been tabled at the Transport and Infrastructure Committee (TIC). We would […]

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Public to have their say on draft Strategy for a better regional bus network

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority is asking members of the public and stakeholders to have their say on its draft Bus Strategy in a consultation which will run until 22nd February 2023.  The Bus Strategy sets the vision for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough which is for a comprehensive network of bus services across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough […]

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There’s still time to have your say on how we spend our money in the future 

There is one week left for you to take our short survey to ensure that you have your say on how the Combined Authority spends its money.  Our Medium Term Financial plan, which can be viewed in its entirety here, sets out how our strategy and priority projects, including in transport, housing, skills and business […]

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Combined Authority wins Government funding for cycling and walking plans

In a great kickstart to the new year, a bid for active travel funding from Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority has been successful, the Government announced today. Funding of £822,920 for technical expertise to help and inspire more people get walking or cycling short distances has been awarded to the Combined Authority and its delivery partners Cambridgeshire County Council […]

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A herd of ZEBRAs heads for Cambridge

Reindeer will be making a magical visit to the region this week but a ‘herd of ZEBRA’ will soon be travelling around the streets of Cambridge – with new electric buses arriving soon.   The 30 zero emission electric double decker buses are due to join the city’s ever expanding fleet of cleaner vehicles early next […]

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Update on Voi eScooters outside of Cambridge City

The Combined Authority is continuing to work closely with Voi and the Department for Transport (DfT) to reinstate the eScooter trial services in Impington, Histon, Girton and Milton. The services in these areas were suspended after it became clear that the area of Cambridge covered by the eScooter trial did not cover these locations. The […]

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Combined Authority denounces Stagecoach’s planned fare increases

The Combined Authority is absolutely appalled by the unilateral decision of Stagecoach to put up their fares when they are already failing to deliver on their published schedules, and with last minute cancellations of buses leaving passengers stranded in extreme winter weather. Whilst we recognise that, as a commercial organisation, they can put their prices […]

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Combined Authority Board approves funding to support Greater Cambridge Chalk Streams

At the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority Board Meeting in November, the proposal to approve a grant of £420k for projects supporting action to tackle impacts on chalk streams was unanimously approved. Cambridge City Council will manage a series of projects to protect and enhance rare chalk stream habitats. Projects will be informed by the […]

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Combined Authority Board approves proposal to provide funding for the Waterbeach Renewal Energy Network project

At the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority Board Meeting in November, the proposal to approve £2.7m of funding for the delivery of the Waterbeach Renewable Energy Network (WREN) project was unanimously approved. The Greater Cambridge Shared Waste Service for Cambridge City Council and South Cambridgeshire District Council has made a firm policy commitment to decarbonise […]

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Combined Authority Board approves the draft Bus Strategy

On Wednesday 30th November, the Combined Authority board approved the bus strategy to allow for a 6-week public consultation, which will provide a basis for funding bids to the Government and for the Combined Authority’s business planning. The strategy closely aligns with the emerging Local Transport and Connectivity Plan and aims to set an overarching […]

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Combined Authority helps market towns hit by market forces

Community sport, solar energy, and history in Whittlesey stand to benefit from switched funds following the Combined Authority Board’s decision to support a clutch of community projects chosen by the Town Team.   Members noted the latest financial position for the Market Towns Programme and decided to reallocate £195k from the cancelled Whittlesey Heritage Centre to […]

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Combined Authority is asking the public to have their say on the Medium Term Financial Plan

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority are asking members of the public and stakeholders to have their say on its draft Medium Term Financial Plan (MTFP) (covering 2023-2027) in a consultation which will run until 13th January 2023. The MTFP sets out how The Combined Authority’s strategy and priority projects, including in transport, housing, skills and […]

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Ting bus service set to run for another 12 months

The innovative Uber-style bus service trial serving parts of Huntingdonshire is set to continue for another year.  The decision made at November 16’s Transport and Infrastructure Committee to continue the demand-responsive ‘Ting’ bus service was called in for review at the Combined Authority Board on Wednesday (November 30). Operator Vectare has taken over from Stagecoach […]

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Draft Statement of Accounts 2021-2022 Published

Every year, the Combined Authority prepares an annual Statement of Accounts as required by the Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015, following proper accounting practices. These practices are prescribed by the ‘Code of Practice on Local Authority Accounting in the United Kingdom’ and comply with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS). The purpose of the accounts is […]

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Vectare to voluntarily run Ting services ahead of formal decision at board

Due to a call-in that was requested after the Transport & Infrastructure Committee meeting on the 16th November, the decision to award the Ting contract to Vectare is to be reviewed at the Combined authority board meeting on 30th November.   To avoid any interruption to services, Vectare will be voluntarily running the service commercially […]

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