Board votes to move forward £4 billion metro plans, which will include routes from St Neots, St Ives and Alconbury

An artists impression of what the new metro would look like

An artists impression of what the new metro would look like - Credit: Archant

The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority Transport Committee has today (Thursday) approved £100,000 to progress business cases for the regional arms of the Cambridgeshire Autonomous Metro (CAM).

An artists impression of the new Cambridge Metro System

An artists impression of the new Cambridge Metro System - Credit: Archant

The CAM regional arms will include routes from St Ives to Alconbury, Cambourne to St Neots, Newmarket Park and Ride to Mildenhall and Granta Park to Haverhill.

The combined authority has said that the plans for the CAM regional routes will be focused on how the new routes will promote economic growth by linking communities, bringing forward housing projects and creating jobs.

Building on work already undertaken on the core city centre tunnelled section of the CAM, the plans will set out how the regional routes will feed into the wider Cambridgeshire and Peterborough public transport network.

Mayor James Palmer said: "I'm pleased to see real action being taken to set out our plans for the route of the CAM outside of Cambridge. The CAM will offer us a platform for growth across the county, bringing forward new employment, housing and business opportunities through the provision of world-class public transport. The regional routes will serve a critical function, connecting our communities and major employment areas, and helping us achieve our ambition of reducing reliance on the private car."

The plans will be required to detail the integration of the CAM regional routes with segregated transport corridors, Cambridge to Camborne, Cambridge to Granta Park, Cambridge East Access and Cambridge A10 to Waterbeach and the CAM core city centre tunnel network with proposed transport nodes.

The board also approved a public consultation on the CAM to encourage residents to speak out to begin in the early part of the New Year.