The Anonymous Widower

‘Compelling Case’ Put Forward For £4bn Metro Network For Cambridgeshire

The title of this post is the same as that of this article on Rail Technology Magazine.

This is the first two paragraphs.

There is a “compelling case” for a metro scheme for Greater Cambridge after a feasibility report has claimed it could create 100,000 jobs and 60,000 new homes, but could cost £4bn.

The feasibility study was commissioned by the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority (CPCA), and mayor James Palmer declared there was a compelling case for the new regional transport network covering 88 miles.

Other details of the Cambridge Autonomous Metro include.

  • Turn-Up-and-Go service.
  • It would use trackless electric vehicles.
  • Across Cambridge in twelve minutes.
  • 7.5 miles of underground corridors under the City.
  • Cambourne, Haverhill, Huntingdon, Mildenhall, St. Ives, St. Neots and Waterbeach would be served.

I think that the route network is feasible and if any City in England can fund such a scheme it is Cambridge.

I can see the point about trackless electric vehicles, as illustrated by this picture.

It looks to me, that the track is just a road with a cycle track alongside.

But would it be better to use tram-trains and the Karlsruhe model?

  • This would enable the system to use the heavy rail tracks to Bury St. Edmunds, Ely, March, Newmarket and Wisbech.
  • Bury St. Edmunds certainly needs a frequent service to Cambridge.
  • East West Rail Consortium has a plan for a Parkway station on the A14, which needs a frequent connection to Cambridge.
  • The technology is proven.

Hopefully, tram-trains have been rejected for good reasons.

But does the proposed system fit well with the East-West Rail Link.

 

 

March 20, 2019 - Posted by | Transport | , , ,

5 Comments »

  1. I don’t think it fits at all with existing rail/tram-trains. See the original proposal https://www.connectingcambridgeshire.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/Affordable-Very-Rapid-Transit-AVRT-Report.-Vol-1..pdf I think it’s more like a replacement for their guided busways

    Comment by Peter Robins | March 20, 2019 | Reply

  2. Is the link correct?

    Comment by AnonW | March 20, 2019 | Reply

    • the comment software seems to be misinterpreting the ‘..’ – add ‘..pdf’ to the link

      Comment by Peter Robins | March 20, 2019 | Reply

    • looks like your comment software is misinterpreting the “..” – add “..pdf” to the link

      Comment by Peter Robins | March 20, 2019 | Reply

    • your comment software seems to be making a hash of the link – include all the link, including the pdf bit with the two dots.

      Comment by Peter Robins | March 20, 2019 | Reply


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