Cambridgeshire & Peterborough mayor James Palmer says £4bn project would achieve modal shift, create jobs and deliver economic growth

A visualisation of the Cambridgeshire Autonomous Metro


A detailed report examining the feasibility of a 142km metro system for Greater Cambridge and the wider region has found a “compelling case” for the scheme.

The Strategic Outline Business Case, published this week, found the Cambridgeshire Autonomous Metro (CAM) would unlock significant growth, offers high value for money and would provide the transformational change required to the area’s under pressure transport network.

It also identified that the cost of the pioneering scheme, estimated at around £4bn, has the potential to be met through a range of funding sources.

The report was commissioned by the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority and has been welcomed by its mayor, James Palmer, as evidence that the delivery of CAM offers a world class, sustainable transport solution that will support ambitions for the future growth of the whole area.

What we have is a compelling case for moving forward with this scheme

“What we have is a compelling case for moving forward with this scheme,” said Palmer. “It will offer world-class public transport that will reduce reliance on the private car. It will help to meet the ambitions we have to create jobs, deliver economic growth and unlock new housing. The CAM will be the scheme around which we can tackle the transport infrastructure challenges which threaten our future economic prosperity.

“In short, we have a scheme that will deliver on our priorities.”

Further coverage appears in the latest issue of Passenger Transport.

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