The latest news from the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority:
Network Rail has identified the preferred location of the proposed new railway station for Cambridge South.
James Palmer, Mayor of Cambridgeshire & Peterborough, today welcomed the decision by Greater Cambridge Partnership to rethink their C2C - Cambourne to Cambridge - busway project and to work with the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority to build a route that will genuinely form the first part of the Cambridgeshire Autonomous Metro.
Mayor James Palmer will this week ask the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority Board to trigger the process by which the region’s market towns can apply for millions of pounds to help them unlock opportunity and shape their own future.
Plans for the innovative Cambridgeshire Autonomous Metro or CAM, linking the towns and villages of Cambridgeshire & Peterborough through tunnels under Cambridge city centre and its employment zones, jumped closer today with the launch of a stakeholder consultation on a draft policy framework for the whole 140 kilometre network, running from St Neots to Mildenhall and from Alconbury to Haverhill.
The final public exhibition to display plans for the Cambridgeshire Autonomous Metro (CAM) has been cancelled in accordance with government guidance to limit public events, the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority has announced.
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.
Network Rail has announced it is launching a public consultation in early 2020 on proposals for a new railway station for Cambridge South.
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.
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.
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.