Projects that will improve the Bus Network
The A10 project aims to improve the Ely to Cambridge corridor, including through dualling, for better journeys and to unlock growth opportunities in the area. A virtual public exhibition held in June and July 2020 demonstrated an overwhelming support for an intervention along this route.
The Strategic Outline Business Case completed in July 2020 and the short-listed options and Business Case has now been submitted to the Department for Transport (DfT) for funding consideration for developing an Outline Business Case. This phase will identify a single preferred upgrade option for progression to planning consents.
CPCA are working with developers at Waterbeach on a range of public transport solutions, including a minibus link as soon as the first few houses are occupied.
CAM (Cambridgeshire Autonomous Metro)
The CAM vision is to offer world class, convenient and reliable public transport in a network extending to St Neots, Alconbury, Mildenhall and Haverhill and linked through tunnels under Cambridge. The range of economic, social and environmental benefits brought by CAM will be transformational for the region’s future and help sustain a globally competitive economy which is a net contributor to the Exchequer. CAM will boost connectivity, create jobs, unlock new, sustainable housing and economic growth, promote fairness and social inclusion, cut carbon emissions and help protect the environment.
In 2020/21 the Combined Authority completed an overarching review of the CAM programme to optimise the delivery approach and ensure government buy-in. Significant strides in the programme set-up and delivery were made, and the delivery strategy has been developed, including the delivery model, business case, funding and programme management.
In 2021/22 the CAM programme will gain momentum, developing regional route optioneering, advancing the Outline Business Case for the City Tunnel Section, undertaking CAM vehicle and system development and working with the Greater Cambridge Partnership and the housing development team on integration and alignment across the CAM network. This combines to support the recommended development of an overarching programme business case which captures the wide benefits the CAM network will bring to the region.
Work will also continue to establish the special purpose vehicle, One CAM Limited, as the lead delivery body. Highly experienced board members have been appointed and recruitment continues.
Cambridge South Station
In March 2020, government announced in its Budget Statement that the Cambridge South Station project would be fully funded and delivered by 2025, subject to planning consents.
During 2021/22, the Combined Authority will continue to engage with Network Rail and the DfT in the development of a new railway station adjacent to the Cambridge Biomedical Campus. The Combined Authority will continue to influence the integrated delivery of this station as a travel hub serving the Biomedical Campus and connecting it to the northern parts of the area.
In early 2021, there will be further public consultation by Network Rail, where Combined Authority officers will play a role in influencing connectivity to bus provision, the CAM and active travel measures including walking, cycling and micro-mobility modes like e-scooters and e-bikes. A Mayoral-led stakeholder group will also be created, bringing together the views of all interested parties in the development of this vital public transport hub.
The King’s Dyke project aims to remove the notorious level crossing traffic bottleneck on a key route into eastern Peterborough and is being predominantly funded by the Combined Authority. This intervention will improve bus and car journey times and reliability and will have a significant, positive impact on the local environment.
Combined Authority officers will continue to engage positively with the County Council project delivery team and its contractor. A supplier was appointed by Cambridgeshire County Council, following a thorough tender process. Construction began in June 2020 and has continued to progress as planned, with emphasis on accelerating project completion.
During 2021/22, delivery of the remaining ’quick win’ construction schemes with March Junction, which include pedestrian, cycling and highway interventions, will be completed. In addition, the Outline Business Case will progress to develop the larger proposed improvements and approval will be sought to progress to the Full Business Case stage.
Wisbech Access Strategy
Detailed design to be completed with construction commencing in Q4 of 2020/21 at Weasenham Lane, Elm High Road roundabout on the A47 and Broad End Road roundabout on the A47. Work will progress at three locations around Wisbech, to improve safety, capacity and enable growth.