Responding to significant concerns raised by residents in the area between Cambourne and Cambridge, James Palmer, the Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough has announced that the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority is taking control of delivery of public transport solutions in the area.
In a letter to the Greater Cambridge Partnership, Mayor Palmer has made clear that the proposals set out in the GCP C2C scheme do not accord with the Mayoral Combined Authority’s aims for the Cambridgeshire Autonomous Metro, and that the scheme as it is currently imagined must be immediately halted.
Mayor James Palmer said:
“I hoped that by bringing the GCP in to help implement our Transport Strategy, including the delivery the CAM Metro, we would gain real input from residents of one of our region’s most congested transport corridors, and proposals for the future that would be supported by the businesses, commuters and workers of Cambridge.
“But it has become clear to me that GCP lack the vision, strategic thinking and the ability necessary to deliver any of the transport priorities for the Cambridge area. Local communities deserve better and this failed C2C consultation, which has ignored concerns raised by myself and so many residents, is the final straw.
“The Combined Authority will now take direct responsibility for delivery of additional public transport solutions for the Cambridge to Cambourne corridor, and I will be bringing forward proposals at the March meeting of the CA Transport Committee for implementation as soon as possible.”