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Cambridge reveals autonomous metro concept images and plans for expansion

The first concept images for the Cambridge Autonomous Metro (CAM) have been revealed, alongside plans to expand stations in the future as far as Peterborough.

CAM aims to create a metro-style network that connects Cambridge's science and technology parks and regional areas with the city centre using trackless autonomous electric vehicles.

Potential extensions to Peterborough, Chatteris and Ramsey will be worked on, alongside the CAM routes as currently proposed, in the project’s next business case phase which will begin from April 2021.

The potential for more stops along the existing network is also going to be explored, to further develop CAM’s ability to reach more people and places.

The organisers behind the CAM project have said the concept designs have put forward a flexible system that would reduce the initial estimated capital costs of around £4 billion.

 Mayor James Palmer said: “CAM is a system for all of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

“While we are updating the current indicative route map to include potential connections to Chatteris, Ramsey and Peterborough today, this is not the end of the line.

“The CAM Network will be a platform for growth across the entire region; a driver of sustainable growth, connecting people and jobs with new housing solutions built in the right places and in the right way.

“We need communities and businesses to stand up and make the case for CAM to come to them. If there is a demand for more jobs, and new homes for people, underpinned by sustainable infrastructure, then we can work with those places to explore those possibilities.”

In 2021 work will continue to establish the special purpose vehicle One CAM Limited as the lead delivery body for the project’s delivery.

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