Cambridgeshire Autonomous Metro (CAM)
Work on the Cambridgeshire Autonomous Metro (CAM) has stopped in advance of a review of the programme by the Combined Authority Board. Mayor Dr Nik Johnson is not in favour of proceeding with the CAM and instead will focus on transport investments that will benefit communities across the whole region.
The considerable expertise of the CAM team and the work they have done so far will be used to help develop a transition plan. An update on this will be presented to the Combined Authority Board on July 28.
Mayor Dr Johnson has also placed an emphasis on working collaboratively with partners including the Greater Cambridge Partnership, the OxCAM Arc and East West Rail, to deliver effective transport solutions across the region.
Working with partners will also ensure transport investments integrate with one another, delivering wide benefits to the region.
Mayor Dr Johnson will discuss with the Combined Authority Board the winding up of the delivery body One CAM Ltd as soon as practically possible and subject to the Combined Authority Board’s agreement.
Mayor of Cambridgeshire & Peterborough, Dr Nik Johnson, said:
“I think there are opportunities for better, more immediate and deliverable investments to build a convenient, affordable, green and joined-up transport system which works for every community in this region. A revamped bus network, unlocked through potential franchising, is one such improvement I’m focussed on right away.
“I recognise both the short-term and long-term transport and housing challenges in our region. This transition plan and the future refreshed LTP offers a fantastic opportunity for all the authorities within the Combined Authority area to come together and prioritise those projects and plans which will make a real impact on all of our communities.
“With the new Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Climate Change Commission, and new national climate change targets, alongside the impacts on transport from Covid-19 and the advancing OxCAM Arc spatial plan, there are many good reasons to refresh our thinking on the future of transport for this region.”
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