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Mayor welcomes government funding and halved delivery time for Cambridge South train station after tireless campaign

11 March 2020

The Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough James Palmer has welcomed the announcement by Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rushi Sunak, today on funding for a new station at Cambridge South to be delivered by 2025, five years ahead of the original schedule.Mayor James Palmer said:“The announcement in today’s budget for a train station for Cambridge South by 2025, is very welcome and long overdue.“We are pleased that our case to disentangle Cambridge South station from East West Rail, which is not planned for at least another ten years, has been listened to and that the time it will take to deliver a train station for the increasingly important Biomedical campus has been halved as a result.  This is a victory for the tens of thousands of workers and visitors who travel to work and hospital appointments every single day who currently have no choice but to drive.”“We will not rest in continuing to lobby government and Network Rail to deliver Cambridge South train station urgently, on time and on budget.”Mayor James Palmer has previously made the case publicly that a train station at Cambridge South must be delivered separately to the East-West Rail project, which will link the city with Oxford and Milton Keynes.  This is because East-West Rail is not forecast to reach Cambridge until 2027 and is currently only in the planning stage, with no timetabling confirmed or a chosen route into Cambridge established.A new station at Cambridge South is urgently needed due to current transport pressure into the area, especially at the growing Biomedical Campus where Addenbrooke’s Hospital is located.  There are currently an estimated 26,500 visits to the campus every day from patients, staff, academics, scientists and visitors, with future growth set to increase this number.The area has been recognised in the UK’s Industrial Strategy as vital to the future of the national economy.

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Board gives ‘Metro Mayor’ green light for public consultation on CAM plans

29 January 2020

Mayor James Palmer’s plans to link towns and villages all around the region to Cambridge got a big boost today when members of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority board unanimously gave the go-ahead for a voluntary consultation with the public on the ambitious scheme.

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Combined Authority Board votes to move forward with Cambridgeshire Autonomous Metro regional routes

9 January 2020

The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority Transport Committee has today approved £100,000 to progress business cases for the regional arms of the Cambridgeshire Autonomous Metro (CAM).The CAM regional arms will include routes from St Ives to Alconbury, Cambourne to St Neots, Newmarket Park and Ride to Mildenhall and Granta Park to Haverhill.  The CAM will provide a high-quality, fast and reliable transport network that will help connect people and businesses across Greater Cambridgeshire and beyond. Plans for the CAM regional routes will be focused on how the new routes will promote economic growth by linking communities, bringing forward housing projects and creating jobs.Building on work already undertaken on the core city centre tunnelled section of the CAM, the plans will set out how the regional routes will feed into the wider Cambridgeshire and Peterborough public transport network.Mayor James Palmer said:“I’m pleased to see real action being taken to set out our plans for the route of the CAM outside of Cambridge.

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Mayor hails Cambridge South consultation and urges public to speak out for early delivery

18 December 2019

Network Rail has announced it is launching a public consultation in early 2020 on proposals for a new railway station for Cambridge South.  

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Access all areas: Mayor’s trailblazing summit to bring better mobile phone coverage

16 December 2019

Mayor James Palmer recently convened a trailblazing summit bringing Mobile UK and the four Mobile Network Operators (EE, O2, Three, and Vodafone) together with business leaders and local councillors to achieve progress by collaborative action.  

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Statement: Scrap HS2 and share out the transport billions, says Mayor James Palmer

23 August 2019

Don’t throw good money after bad is a sound principle, and for years alarm bells have been ringing over the moneypit that the HS2 project has become.

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Funding for CAM outline business case agreed by Combined Authority Board

1 August 2019

The Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority Board has voted to approve £1.7 million funding to develop the CAM Metro Outline Business Case – the next key phase of the transformational scheme.

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Mayor James Palmer supports taking key next step for dualling A10 between Ely and Cambridge

22 March 2019

The key next steps to dual the A10 between Ely and Cambridge will be presented to the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority Board next week.The Board will be recommended to carry out a Strategic Outline Business Case (SOBC) study for the dualling scheme.

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Key study into Cambridgeshire Metro finds ‘compelling case’ to move forward with transformational scheme

19 March 2019

A detailed report examining the feasibility of a metro system for Greater Cambridge and the wider region has found a 'compelling case' for the scheme.

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Mayor James Palmer says transport infrastructure pressure makes clear case for interim Cambridge South station study

8 March 2019

Mayor James Palmer has said growing pressure on existing transport infrastructure around Cambridge Biomedical Campus (CBC) makes a clear and urgent case for a study exploring the feasibility of an earlier interim railway station at Cambridge South. The full station at Cambridge South, which will serve the CBC, is not expected to be built until around 2027, with the Combined Authority one of four funding bodies for the current phase of works led by Network Rail. The Combined Authority Board in March will be asked to decide whether to approve a study into the feasibility of an interim station delivered years ahead of the full station, including how much it would cost.

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