WHY I WILL NOT SUPPORT MAYOR PALMER’s CAM METRO PROJECT …
Labour and Co-operative party mayoral candidate Dr Nik Johnson will call an immediate halt to the £4billion CAM Metro project if elected on May 6th. He dismissed the project as being a ‘white elephant’ and ‘a fool’s folly’.
Dr Nik says:
“Better transport and more social and affordable homes. These will be my priorities — not trying to deliver a hugely expensive legacy burden. We need to be concentrating on better, more connected public transport now — not in 10 to 15 years’ time. We need to ensure that those in the north, Peterborough, March and Wisbech are better served. I don’t believe this project will deliver for the Combined authority as a whole.”
Dr Nik Johnson has had several meetings with Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham who is leading the way on bus franchising and innovative bus transport.
“Manchester’s buses being brought back into public control is simply the best news. I am campaigning for similar plans for the Combined Authority of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. As mayor I will provide a bus service that is reliable, affordable, sustainable, accessible and accountable.”
Dr Johnson is also concerned about the cost of building the complicated network, which includes tunnels under Cambridge city centre. The CAM is three times more expensive per kilometre than the Edinburgh system. Though not opposed to rapid transit, Dr Nik says too much time and money had already been spent on Mayor Palmer’s project — up to £4m on business plans, consultants and setting up a company to drive the project. Dr Nik, who is standing on a platform of the three Cs — Compassion, Co-operation and Community — says the CAM project seems to highlight the three other Cs more associated with Mayor Palmer: Cronyism, Consultants and Confrontation.