The BBSRC-funded Babraham Research Campus received a visit from Norman Baker MP, Under Secretary of State for Transport, yesterday (August 28).
The minister visited the institute as part of a visit to Cambridge following the announcement of Government funding in the region for cycle-ways to learn about how investment in transport is contributing to the success and future growth of the Cambridgeshire economy.
While at Babraham Research Campus, the Cycle City Ambition scheme to extend the current cycleway from Cambridge to the Campus was discussed with Mr Baker. The extension of the route from Wandlebury will link to an existing cycle path and a nearby park and ride site. The Babraham Research Campus, which is the home to the BBSRC funded Babraham Institute and 48 commercial bio-enterprises,is expected to employ nearly 1000 people by the end of 2014. The Research Campus contributed £200,000 towards the cycleway.
BBSRC is investing £44M into the research campus to create and support new companies and jobs based on world-leading bioscience, with two new buildings scheduled to open next year. BBSRC has supported the plans as an important part of the overall infrastructure that enables the benefits of the Babraham Research Campus to be achieved.
The Department for Transport recently announced £77M of cycling investment for eight cities, of which Cambridge will receive £4.1M with another £4.1M contributed from local sources.
In 10 years' time, Cambridge aims to have 40% of all journeys in the city by bike, bringing it in line with some of the best cycling cities in Europe.