• Proposals for CAM receive positive local response

Proposals for CAM receive positive local response

1 May 2020

Proposals for the Cambridgeshire Autonomous Metro (CAM) have been well-received by the local community as part of an initial public consultation which came to a close last month.

More than 10,000 households and businesses received an invitation to take part in the six-week consultation which ran from 21 February to 3 April 2020. The consultation was also advertised on social media, in local newspapers and via the project website.

The consultation included five public consultation events held at venues across Cambridge*. 1,034 members of the public attended the consultation events to discover more about the project, speak with the project team and provide feedback.

During the consultation, the consultation materials were available at six unmanned information points across the region*, while all materials were accessible online via the project website throughout the six-week period.

The consultation sought views on the need for and benefits of CAM and the potential route alignments for the City Tunnel Section of the network. A total of 493 responses were received from members of the public and stakeholders, and a review of the feedback revealed high levels of support for CAM:

  • 80% strongly agreed or agreed that CAM would significantly improve the economic future of the region;
  • 82% strongly agreed or agreed that there is a strong case to deliver CAM to increase public transport capacity in the region;
  • 71% strongly supported or supported route alignment Option A, which would connect all four routes of the network with a new City Centre and a new Mainline Interchange station;
  • 37% strongly supported or supported route alignment Option B, which would see the four routes converge at the new City Centre station only;
  • 71% strongly supported or supported the proposed location for the new City Centre station;
  • 72% strongly supported or supported the proposed location for the Mainline Interchange station.

The project team will carefully consider all of the comments received and feedback from this consultation will inform the evolution of the CAM network. Before finalising an Outline Business Case (OBC) for the project, we intend to carry out a further round of public consultation later this year.

The welfare of the public and our staff is of paramount importance to us, and the approach to future rounds of public consultation will be guided by the relevant Government advice on Covid-19. Further public consultation will be advertised widely in advance and you can remain up to date via this website.

You can discover more about the CAM network on the ‘What is CAM?’ page of this website, while further information about the need and benefits of CAM can be found on ‘The Need for CAM’ page. Answers to FAQs are also available on the ‘FAQs’ page.

If you have any further questions regarding CAM, please contact the project team on 01223 608001 (09:00 – 17:30, Mon to Fri) or cam@consultation-online.co.uk.

*Due to the outbreak of Covid-19, the final scheduled public consultation event was cancelled and individuals encouraged not to attend the information points in line with the prevailing Government guidance regarding public gatherings and unnecessary travel. The consultation materials were available online throughout the consultation at www.cam.consultation.co.uk.