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Cambridge £1.7bn metro plans ‘could provide lifeline for buses’

Thursday August 9th, 2018

A possible £1.7bn underground ‘metro’ for Cambridge will be designed to support the area’s bus services and discourage car use, the region’s mayor has said (August 9th).Government Opportunities

Conservative James Palmer referred to a review of bus services that the authority has launched, which he said would ‘fully explore’ bus franchising – something other metro mayors have been slow to take forward.

He said: “Although I am awaiting the results of that review, what is already clear is that we have a unique opportunity to improve those services and better join them up with other modes of transport.

“The metro offers a new way of thinking about how buses can operate and integrate within a modern transport network. The metro stations can be thought of as transport hubs, incorporating infrastructure to support walking and cycling, but will also be served by buses connecting people with onward journeys into Cambridge and beyond.”

Mr Palmer told New Civil Engineer that the planned ‘Cambridgeshire Autonomous Metro’ scheme, which would utilise emerging driverless and connected technology and is estimated to cost between £1.5bn and £1.7bn, could be funded through investment from ‘very, very large pension funds’, business taxes and a land value capture system.

 

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