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Proposed Cambridge to Haverhill metro would boost local economy, says report

West Suffolk council leaders have welcomed a newly-published report supporting a new £4 billion Cambridgeshire Autonomous Metro (CAM) linking Cambridge to Haverhill and Mildenhall.

The Strategic Outline Business Case found the CAM would unlock significant growth, offers high value for money and would provide the change required to the area’s under pressure transport network.

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

How one of the tram-like vehicles on the Cambridge Metro could look
How one of the tram-like vehicles on the Cambridge Metro could look

West Suffolk councils have been working closely with the combined authority.

Cllr James Waters, Leader of Forest Heath Council and Cllr John Griffiths, Leader of St Edmundsbury Council, said: “We are pleased to see the recognition in the report for the metro that West Suffolk and in particular Haverhill and Mildenhall play in the UK economy as part of the Cambridge Sub-region.

"We have been working closely with the Combined Authority as well as partner authorities on the need for transport improvements, better connectivity and the opportunities West Suffolk offers for business and the economy.

"Anyone who travels on the A11 and A1307 regularly knows the need for much better public transport links for our communities and businesses.

"We look forward to helping take forward this ambitious plan for the Cambridgeshire Autonomous Metro and linking it to Mildenhall and Haverhill.”

West Suffolk is part of the Cambridge Sub-Region, which is a UK economic driver.

Improving transport links will help the economy in West Suffolk as well as supporting growth, jobs and the economy.

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