Renowned civil engineer Lord Robert Mair has been appointed chair of the delivery company for the Cambridgeshire Autonomous Metro (CAM).
Lord Mair will lead the board of the CAM special purpose vehicle (SPV), which has been incorporated with the name One CAM Limited.
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.
The appointment of Lord Mair marks a key milestone in the project as it looks to deliver radical work on tunneling under Cambridge city centre to create the automated public transport network.
James Palmer, Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Mayor, said: “The appointment of Lord Mair is another step forward for the delivery of CAM.
“The dedicated delivery body, One CAM Ltd, will harness the leading expertise locally, nationally and internationally, we need to make CAM happen.”
Work is currently underway on developing conceptual designs for the autonomous vehicle, CAM’s infrastructure and how the system might operate.
Lord Mair’s career has combined work as an academic at the University of Cambridge with providing expertise for a range of challenging underground construction schemes nationally and globally.
Lord Mair’s experience includes being involved in the design and construction of London’s Jubilee Line Extension, HS1 and Crossrail.
He is currently advising on design and construction aspects of HS2.
Lord Mair has advised on or been a member of expert review panels for major international underground construction projects, notably metro projects in Amsterdam, Barcelona, Bologna, Florence, Hong Kong, Istanbul, Rome, Singapore and Warsaw.
Lord Mair said: “The vision for CAM is exciting.
“A flexible, innovative system will be essential in creating the better transport future the region needs and deserves, while also delivering the decarbonised journeys needed to help safeguard the environment.
“The unprecedented effects of a global pandemic have also caused a significant shift in how people travel, which must also be factored into any new transport scheme.”