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Cambridge is a university city in the Cambridgeshire, England. It is located on the River Cam which is approximately 80 km in the north of London. The population of this city was 123,867, according to the 2011 Census. This county town is surrounded by the heritage villages, ancient monuments and towns. Cambridge is popular for the University of Cambridge, which was established in 1209. Cambridge University has several notable alumni comprising philosophers; Bertrand Russell and Ludwig Wittgenstein, mathematician; Sir Isaac Newton, writers; John Milton and Lord Byron. As compared to the other universities in the world, Cambridge academics have won maximum Noble prizes.
Every year around 3.5 million visitors came to the Cambridge to relish the delights of the historic city and most immaculate countryside in the UK. Even in 2009, the US magazine Forbes claimed that Cambridge is one of the most beautiful cities among all around the world with widespread agreement. Cambridge is easily approachable, either travelling by public transport or by personal car.
Cambridge city has two universities- the University of Cambridge and Anglia Ruskin University, which serves nearly 30,000 students. In 2007/2008, an estimated student population of Cambridge University was 17,662. Both private (independent) and state schools serve students of Cambridge from nursery to secondary school age. Cambridgeshire County Council administers 251 state schools, out of which 35 schools come in the Cambridge city. Private (independent) schools comprise Sanction Wood School, The Perse School, Heritage School, Stephen Perse Foundation, St. Mary’s School and The Leys School.
Schools which provide comprehensive secondary education are Chesterton Community College, Netherhall School, North Cambridge Academy, North Cambridge Academy and the Parkside Federation. Cambridge city has only one technical school “Cambridge Academy for Science and Technology”. It was opened in 2014 and formerly known as UTC Cambridge.
This city has its own airport, known as Cambridge Airport, which was utilised mainly by charter and training flights. Some other London International airports such as Luton Airport, Heathrow, London City Airport, London Stansted, Gatwick, nearer to the Cambridge and easily approachable.
The road network of the Cambridge town is very congested. From east London, the M11 motorway ends to the north-west of the Cambridge city where it meets the A14, a major transportation route which joins the port of Felixstowe on the east coast with the Midlands. The A10 connects the city to King’s Lynn to the north via Ely; The A28 connects the city with Bedford and St Neots, and central London to the south.
Due to the high traffic congestion, most of the employees in the Cambridge city use bicycle. 25% of residents travelled by bicycle to their work, as per 2011 census.
National Express bus services link major cities and also provides direct services to Birmingham and London Victoria, and regular airport coaches to Heathrow, Luton, Gatwick and Stansted. Stagecoach operates routes from Cambridge to Bedford, Peterborough, Ely, Saffron Walden, Newmarket, Oxford and Bury St Edmunds.
Cambridge railway station is the principal station which was opened in 1845. It serves the Cambridge city in the east of England. This station has direct rail links to London with termini at Liverpool Street and London King’s Cross.
Another railway station is Cambridge North, opened on May 21, 2017.
Cambridge is nearly on the Greenwich meridian as it is 52° 12 north and 0° 07 east. Because of the closeness to Atlantic Ocean and distance from the equator, England has a maritime climate. The temperature of this city is higher in July, at around 16.6°C and January is the coldest month which has the average temperature around 3.1°C.
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