Proposed Cambs metro network that connects to Haverhill has gone out to public consultation
Cambridgeshire & Peterborough mayor James Palmer is urging people to have their say on plans for CAM – the Cambridgeshire Autonomous Metro – through a public consultation that has just launched.
The CAM network will comprise the City Tunnel Section, including new underground tunnels and stations under Cambridge, with planned major interchange hubs at the city centre and Cambridge railway station, and four regional routes connecting St Neots, Alconbury, Mildenhall and Haverhill with the tunnel section.
Last week the Rail Haverhill campaign group expressed fears that the entire network, including the section coming to Haverhill, was destined to use electric buses and not light rail.
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Mayor Palmer is calling on everyone with an interest in CAM - the expansive smart metro-style network designed to link people and places in a fast, reliable way - to comment on the plan to transform connectivity and make a greener, joined-up future a reality.
“It’s a world-class public transport system for Cambridgeshire and I hope many of its future passengers will meet the CAM project team.
"The public voice must guide any public service, and I urge people to get involved in the consultation, through attending events, or feeding in online. "CAM will be a beacon of smart, clean autonomous public transportation and will be the future for ourselves and our children, so we all need to have our say and help get it right”.
“The CAM network will fill a historic transport gap - connecting rural communities with the centre of Cambridge, with employment hubs on the city fringe, with the region’s growth hotspots, and with the city’s railway stations linking to London and beyond.
“CAM will reinvent global public transportation, will tackle an age-old transport problem with a mass transit system that will transform the day-to-day lives of people across Cambridgeshire with fast and reliable travel, designed to sustain social activity and economic growth.
"By reducing reliance on private cars, CAM will cut congestion and tackle air quality, improving our environment for generations to come,” said Mayor Palmer
Feedback from the Mayor’s public consultation will inform the Outline Business Case for CAM, which will be finalised later in 2020.
The consultation runs until April 3 and includes six public exhibitions where members of the CAM project team will be on hand to discuss the project with the public.
The consultation materials will also be available to view at six locations across Cambridgeshire from Thursday, February 27 and online at www.cam.consultationonline.co.uk, where the locations are also listed.
In Haverhill they can be viewed at the Leiston Community Centre, in Leiston Road, from 10am to 5pm and 6.15pm to 8pm, Monday to Friday and from 10am to 4pm and 6.15pm to 8pm on Saturdays.
They can also be seen in Linton at Linton Health Centre, in Coles Lane, CB21 4JS, between 8am and 6pm, Monday to Friday.
Feedback forms will be available to complete at all events whilst a digital version of the form is also available online at www.cam.consultationonline.co.uk.
You can also call 01223 608001, email email@example.com or write to ‘FREEPOST CAM CONSULTATION’.
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