At the meeting of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority Board held on 24 March 2021, Lib Dem Aidan Van de Weyer obtained further details of the state of Mayor James Palmer’s plans for Cambridgeshire Autonomous Metro. The next stage of the business case process will take at least a year, with further stages to be undertaken after that.
Aidan Van de Weyer, Liberal Democrat candidate for Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, said,
“We learned today just how badly Mayor James Palmer has managed the so-called Cambridgeshire Autonomous Metro project since he was elected.
“We have wasted four years as well as millions of pounds of taxpayers’ money.
“Palmer does not have a credible plan to deliver a good transport system for Cambridge and Cambridgeshire.
“There is no funding strategy, there is no government support, there is no timetable for delivery, there is no chosen technology.
“Each of these elements needs to be in place before we can have any confidence that anything will get built.
“Palmer admitted today that the map of regional branches of CAM that he recently released is just a vague aspiration, with no status. He is making it up as he goes along.
“He also said that he has only released some of the details of the concept designs. He is just cherry-picking information that suits him. The public deserves better.
“As things stand, the risks are enormous. We could end up, in 5 or 10 years, with technology that doesn’t work, tunnels that have cost a fortune or no money to build it all.
“The consequences will be dire for the Cambridgeshire economy and for commuters stuck in traffic with no alternative.”