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Why CAM is needed

The world class public transport offered by the CAM will safeguard the region’s standing as a globally competitive tech economy for decades to come.

The CAM is a response to clear evidence† that a lack of infrastructure investment and a shortage of affordable housing is a real threat to the future prosperity of an economy vital to the UK’s industrial future. The Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority is developing the CAM to help both meet these challenges and spearhead its ambitious, sustainable growth agenda for the region.

CAM will offer fast, reliable and zero-emission travel between towns, villages, key employment sites and across Cambridge, including tunnels under the historic city centre. A truly regionwide network, it is expected to extend to 140km.

CAM will improve the quality of life for local people and sustain the economic conditions which both attract talent from across the globe and encourage international investment into the region.



Delivery and funding

To give the CAM the dedicated resource and expertise needed, the Combined Authority has established a separate company, One CAM Limited, focused entirely on its delivery. One of the world’s most eminent tunnel engineers, Lord Mair, Robert Mair CBE, has been appointed as its Board chair. He is joined by five non-executive directors bringing with them a wealth of highly relevant experience.

Recruitment to One CAM Limited is ongoing in preparation for it assuming delivery responsibility for the CAM from the Combined Authority. Sources of funding for the CAM may include central government, private investment and local contributions. Innovative funding and financing mechanisms are also being explored including opportunities for land value capture and tax increment financing. CAM will both unlock the housing the region needs while also offering funding opportunities for the programme.

Technology and design

CAM aims to offer world-leading public transport at the cutting edge of 21st century technology.

To help achieve this, the very best brains in engineering, science, technology and digital have been invited to develop conceptual designs for how the CAM might be delivered.

This innovative process will see three suppliers provide an in-the-round CAM solution. This will include the CAM vehicles, infrastructure and how the system might operate. The concepts are expected to be completed in March 2021 and will inform and potentially transform the ongoing development of CAM.

The CAM offers the chance for the region to be a leader for the future of mobility for other similar-sized cities and places across the globe.

Autonomous operation

Autonomy is set to the lead the future of transportation and the CAM aims be at the forefront of this pioneering technology. Autonomous operation has the potential to increase safety by removing the risk of driver error, whilst reducing travel times. This technology is rapidly advancing, and CAM will be designed to enable autonomous running within segregated routes once technology and UK regulations enable this to be done safely.

Protecting the environment

CAM will help tackle climate change through zero-emission journeys, reduced travel to work times, enabling new housing close to jobs, and providing an attractive alternative to the private car. By cutting congestion, CAM will help improve air quality.

CAM will support the Mayoral Combined Authority’s commitment to achieving both net zero carbon emissions and doubling the area of rich wildlife habitat and natural green spaces under management by 2050.

The development of CAM will also be informed by the independent Climate Change Commission, set up by the Mayoral Combined Authority to tackle and build future resilience to climate change locally.

Working with the Greater Cambridge Partnership (GCP)

The Mayoral Combined Authority and Greater Cambridge Partnership have pledged to work jointly to tackle the transport issues faced by the area and implement the policies of the Local Transport Plan.

This includes working to ensure that the CAM and the GCP route corridors are delivered as an integrated system, which will realise the full range of benefits that a regionwide, world class public transport network will bring.

Other next steps

A recent review of progress so far recommended that the best way to advance CAM was to ensure it was delivered as one joined-up system, rather than a collection of separate route projects.

Work is under way to develop an integrated strategy for the whole project,  known as a One CAM approach. This is planned to lead to the development of a programme-wide business case which captures the full range of economic, social and environmental benefits of CAM. This business case approach is being developed in consultation with Government and through joint working with the GCP.

Get in touch

If you have any questions about the CAM, please contact:

Freephone: 01223 608001
Email: cam@consultation-online.co.uk

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined
Authority, Mayor’s Office, 72 Market Street, Ely,
Cambridgeshire, CB7 4LS

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