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The final public exhibition on plans for the Cambridgeshire Autonomous Metro (CAM) has been cancelled.

What a metro entrance tunnel might look like. Picture: Natalie Harmer (31963614)
What a metro entrance tunnel might look like. Picture: Natalie Harmer (31963614)

The Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority confirmed today (Thursday, March 19) the exhibition due to be held at The Hauser Forum tomorrow would not go ahead.

It was the last in a series of six public events being held as part of the current consultation on the need for and benefits of CAM, and the potential route alignments for the city tunnel section.

The consultation is set to continue as planned until Friday, April 3, with copies of all consultation materials and a digital feedback form available to view and complete online at online at cam.consultationonline.co.uk.

More than 1,000 people attended the first five public exhibitions, generating 400 feedback submissions. There have been 6,000 visits to the website.

A spokesperson for CAM said: ‘While of course it is disappointing not to have this additional opportunity to hear from the general public in person at this early stage, we have taken this decision to protect the welfare of local residents, stakeholders and our staff, which is of paramount important to us, and in accordance with the latest Government guidance regarding Covid-19.

“We would like to thank everyone who has engaged in the consultation to date and would encourage anyone who has not yet done so to view the proposals and let us know their views.”

Mayor James Palmer at home in Soham. Picture: Keith Heppell. (31963619)
Mayor James Palmer at home in Soham. Picture: Keith Heppell. (31963619)

Mayor James Palmer said: ‘In these troubled times public safety must come first, but it is still disappointing to have to cancel our final CAM public exhibition, particularly as I have been delighted by the high turnout at the exhibition events and the feedback we have received to date.

“We do not yet know what the full effect this pandemic will have on our economy, we need to keep on delivering for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough both now and into the future. CAM is a vital infrastructure project that will connect key regional centres of employment, with existing settlements, railway stations and planned growth, to create a platform for sustainable and inclusive growth across the region, and it is vital to hear local people’s views on our plans.

“I strongly encourage you to visit the website, view the consultation materials and provide us with your feedback, which will help to influence the evolution of the proposals.’

If members of the public have any questions regarding CAM, they are advised to contact the project team via phone on 01223 608001 (9pm-5.30pm, Mon to Fri) or by email at cam@consultation-online.co.uk.

Read more:

Coronavirus: The essential daily briefing for Cambridgeshire - March 19

Have your say on plans for Cambridgeshire Autonomous Metro



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