Published: Wednesday, October 31, 2018
The development of the A428 Cambourne to Cambridge transport corridor can now move forward at pace after the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority Board agreed a series of findings which will see the project transform into the first phase of the proposed Cambridgeshire Autonomous Metro.
The Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, James Palmer, and the Greater Cambridge Partnership (GCP) Chair, Cllr Lewis Herbert, welcomed the decision taken by the Combined Authority (CA) which will see the CA and the GCP working closely together to deliver the scheme which will provide critical connections in the corridor between Cambourne and Cambridge.
Officers at the CA and the GCP, assisted by consultants Steer and Arup, have worked closely through a joint officer programme board, to review the route and identify the best solution for the transport corridor and how best to accelerate its delivery.
Among the key findings presented to the CA Board today (Wednesday October 31) were that the route would be reclassified as a CAM Metro route and not a busway, and that the vehicle operating along the route would be a rubber-tyred, electric powered vehicle.
It also found the route must align and integrate with the overarching metro network and be connected to the tunnelled part of the system, delivering a high frequency, reliable and pollution-free public transport option into Cambridge centre and the rest of the metro network.
Cllr Herbert said: "We welcome confirmation that GCP is on the right course with plans and the Mayor’s shared drive for collaborative working, sharing resources and accelerating efforts going forward.
"Arup’s report provides further evidence in support of substantial and ongoing review and assessment by GCP’s project team to design and deliver an optimal route, providing residents and travellers west of Cambridge with the high quality future public transport route they need.
"I’m also glad to see both sets of Combined Authority consultants being clear that the right choice for the planned CAM Metro is using tyres, as it’s the only way to make it economic for radial routes out of Cambridge routes across an area with a dispersed population.
"After significant work to plan Phase 1, the Madingley Mulch Roundabout to Cambridge section of the route, the GCP’s own route assessment and public consultation responses will be reviewed by the Board in December. Assessment and planning of a full end-to-end route will be ongoing as focus broadens to incorporate the route continuing to Cambourne.
"A complete Cambourne to Cambridge route, as part of the wider CAM network, will be presented to the GCP’s Executive Board for a final decision in an outline business case later in 2019.”