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NIC report slams 'destructive' Cambridge metro plans

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Plans to build a metro line beneath Cambridge have been dismissed as “destructive, disruptive and prohibitively expensive” in an independent report commissioned by the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC).

The report, Running out of road - investing in cycling in Cambridge, Milton Keynes and Oxford, slammed the metro plans saying it would take “a decade or more to deliver and would not serve most of the journeys that people will need to make”.

Local delivery body Cambridge Greater Partnership announced last year that it was looking at options to build an affordable very rapid transit (AVRT) system in and around the city centre.

The study includes a scheme proposed by University of Cambridge Arup professor of transitional energy strategies John Miles, which, he claims, could halve the construction cost of metro systems.

But the NIC commissioned report has dismissed the plans, concluding that a “far simpler, cheaper, quicker and less obtrusive” option was to make a series of cycle specific changes which would increase cycling and reduce traffic. The report claims that only £200M would be needed to realise such recommendations.

The report will now feed into the NIC’s new report Partnering for prosperity: a new deal for the Cambridge-Milton Keynes-Oxford Arc.

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