Cambridgeshire & Peterborough mayor James Palmer is urging people to have their say on plans for CAM – the Cambridgeshire Autonomous Metro – through a public consultation launched this week.
The CAM network will comprise the City Tunnel Section, including new underground tunnels and stations under the city of Cambridge, with planned major interchange hubs at the city centre and at Cambridge railway station, and four regional routes which will connect St Neots, Alconbury, Mildenhall and Haverhill with the City Tunnel Section.
Mayor Palmer is calling on everyone with an interest in CAM - the expansive smart metro-style network designed to link Cambridgeshire people and places in a fast, reliable way - to comment on the plan to transform connectivity and make a greener, joined-up future a reality.
The consultation runs from 21st February to 3rd April, and includes six public exhibitions where members of the CAM project team will be on hand to take questions and discuss the project with the public. The consultation materials will also be available to view at six deposit locations across Cambridgeshire from Thursday 27th February, and online at www.cam.consultationonline.co.uk. Feedback forms will be available to complete at all events to allow the public to provide their thoughts, whilst a digital version of the form is also available online at www.cam.consultationonline.co.uk
Through the consultation, the Mayoral Combined Authority is seeking the public’s feedback on the need for and benefits of CAM, and the potential route alignments for the City Tunnel Section.
Mayor of Cambridgeshire & Peterborough, James Palmer said:
“It’s a world-class public transport system for Cambridgeshire and I hope many of its future passengers will meet the CAM project team. The public voice must guide any public service, and I urge people to get involved in the consultation, through attending events, or feeding in online. CAM will be a beacon of smart, clean autonomous public transportation and will be the future for ourselves and our children, so we all need to have our say and help get it right”.
“The CAM network will fill a historic transport gap - connecting rural communities with the centre of Cambridge, with employment hubs on the city fringe, with the region’s growth hotspots, and with the city’s railway stations linking to London and beyond.
“CAM will reinvent global public transportation, will tackle an age-old transport problem with a mass transit system that will transform the day-to-day lives of people across Cambridgeshire with fast and reliable travel, designed to sustain social activity and economic growth. By reducing reliance on private cars, CAM will cut congestion and tackle air quality, improving our environment for generations to come,” said Mayor Palmer
Feedback from the Mayor’s public consultation will inform the Outline Business Case for CAM, which will be finalised later in 2020.
The local community can get in touch with the CAM project team to discuss the proposals via the project’s freephone information line on 01223 608001, via email at email@example.com or via freepost to ‘FREEPOST CAM CONSULTATION’.