Conceptual designs for the UK’s Cambridgeshire Autonomous Metro (CAM) are to be provided by three suppliers by March. Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority has selected a consortia led by Dromos Technologies, Egis and Mott MacDonald for the planned new network centred on the famous university city of Cambridge.
It follows a procurement process launched in September 2020.
The authority has made it clear that this process is not anticipated “to find the conclusive delivery solution for CAM,” but will instead challenge the concept and “build interest among suppliers who at some stage may want to bid on future phases of work.”
Considerations are to include infrastructure and vehicle types, operational models, customer experience, revenue opportunities to support scheme funding and environmental protection measures.
Initial proposals envisaged rubber-tyred vehicles using small-profile tunnels under the city, serving six potential routes.
Regional mayor James Palmer said :“This challenge is a test to the very best brains in the market to help pioneer what the CAM will look like and how it can best be delivered. I’m clear that we want the CAM to offer our region the kind of high-quality public transport normally reserved for the biggest cities”.