Rail Haverhill chairman critical of Cambridge Autonomous Metro consultation process
The organisation responsible for the Cambridge Autonomous Metro (CAM) proposals has defended its consultation arrangements in Haverhill after they were criticised for being “‘second class’.
Rail Haverhill chairman Marcus Field-Rayner questioned why the current public consultation for CAM has no provision for representatives from the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority (CPCA) to be present at the information point it is holding at Haverhill Arts Centre until April 3.
Brochures are available to be collected but that is all.
Mr Field-Rayner said: “As we see, the list of venues includes a series of six Cambridge locations at which representatives of the CAM project team will be in attendance, together with a further list including Haverhill Arts Centre at which a display only will be made available.
“Failure to have representation by the project team on at least one of the proposed dates at each of these display only venues unfortunately shouts of second class citizenship.”
A spokesperson for CPCA said the consultation was currently only seeking views on the need for and benefits of CAM and on the potential route alignments for the City Tunnel Section of CAM.
“The feedback to this consultation will influence the evolution of the proposals and support the preparation of an Outline Business Case (OBC) for the City Tunnel Section.
“The events locations and venues have all been selection after extensive consultation with Combined Authority Partners.
“We have also used feedback and experience from previous consultations and to determine which locations are likely to be most suitable and accessible to as many people as possible.
“This consultation is focusing on the OBC for the City Tunnel Section.
“Connecting CAM to the wider region including Mildenhall, Haverhill, St Neots, and Huntingdon is a key part of the overall regional growth strategy and the CAM vision.
“At this stage, however, the specific physical routes have not yet been identified and will be part of a future work.
“They will be designed to provide direct connectivity both to existing settlements, together with any new development along these corridors.
“Further public engagement will take place as part of this future work.”
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