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A COVID-19 coordination hub has been launched across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough to help those who are most affected by the Coronavirus outbreak.

20 March 2020

A COVID-19 coordination hub has been launched across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough to help those who are most affected by the Coronavirus outbreak. Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council are now calling on people across the county to get in touch if they can volunteer their time to help others in a co-ordinated effort which will offer safe support and reassurance county and city wide.

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Emergency Protocols for Public Meetings in Response to Covid-19 Pandemic

20 March 2020

The intention is for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combine Authority to retain its responsibility for transparency and accountability.

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Business Resilience COVID-19 Intelligence Research

19 March 2020

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority is collecting ongoing real time business resilience data to capture the health of local business and the impact Coronavirus is having across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.It will use this data to send back to Government and it will use the intelligence gathered to inform it's products...

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Final Cambridgeshire Autonomous Metro public exhibition cancelled, but online consultation to continue until Friday 3 April

19 March 2020

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.

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ISSUE NUMBER 2: Government announces a £330bn package to support the economy during COVID-19

18 March 2020

Find guidance to employers and business about COVID-19 If you are concerned about being able to pay your tax due to COVID-19, call HMRC's dedicated helpline on 0800 0159 559

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Business as Usual as the Combined Authority teams work from home

18 March 2020

From today, all our staff will be working from home, doing our part to keep people safe and healthy.

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Mayor welcomes bold action on COVID-19 and investment in housing, infrastructure and growth but urges government to retain focus on funding for the regions to deliver on levelling up promise

12 March 2020

Mayor welcomes bold action on COVID-19 and investment in housing, infrastructure and growth but urges government to retain focus on funding for the regions to deliver on levelling up promise

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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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Combined Authority Transport Committee - Correction

6 March 2020

CorrectionAt the meeting of the Combined Authority’s Transport and Infrastructure Committee this morning two members of the public attended to exercise their right to ask questions of Mayor James Palmer.  Both questions related to the Cambridge to Cambourne Busway.In responding to the second question the Mayor gave the answer intended for the first question and vice versa. It has therefore been reported on social media that the Mayor answered the question:                 Can the mayor assure us that the GCPs preferred route will be confined to the scrap heap and that the Combined Authority will take a fresh look at the needs of current and future residents of West Cambridge?With                YesThis was an accurate report of what was said but does not reflect the Mayor’s position on the issue.  The Mayor’s position on the GCP’s preferred route was set out in response to first public question, to which he responded:                As outlined in paper we are proposing that we should introduce a strategy for the whole CAM network that will allow us to assess how far the route to the West of Cambridge needs to be reconsidered including the need to take into account the recent announcement around the alignment of East-West Rail which I think is a significant development of which you are aware.  It is important that the two schemes genuinely complement each other and maximise the benefits to the people of Cambridgeshire by provision of a genuine, integrated public transport network.  It is also necessary that individual components of the CAM network should be fully integrated into the overall vision of the metro and I think, just to expand on that a little bit, and this is no fault of the Greater Cambridge Partnership, but their remit is South Cambs and the City.  My job is to try and deliver an integrated public transport system for Cambridgeshire and a little bit like we say about East-West Rail – Cambridge is not a bookend well nor is Cambourne a bookend and we have to look to the wider route and I think it is very important that we do. Clarification of Question and AnswersQuestion 1Will the Combined Authority undertake to listen to the views of the Local Liaison Forum and residents in the villages affected when planning short term public transport improvements between Cambourne and key employment sites in Cambridge?Intended AnswerYesQuestion 2Residents of West Cambridge cautiously welcome your 28th February statement regarding the C2C busway on the Combined Authorities website.

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Faster and direct bus services announced for Cambourne

6 March 2020

Today, the Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough announced plans for a number of initiatives for faster and direct bus services for Cambourne.   The Combined Authority will be exploring these initiatives with operators, funders and the local community.  These new bus services and better bus routes from Cambourne will go to key employment sites north and south of Cambridge city centre.

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