Is Cambridgeshire’s New Metro All It’s Cracked Up to Be?

Gareth Dennis
Jan 12 · 8 min read
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If it isn’t autonomous, and it isn’t a metro system, then what exactly is the Cambridgeshire Autonomous Metro? GARETH DENNIS dives under the hood of this strange project.

A version of this article also appeared in Issue 918 (18 November 2020) of RAIL magazine.

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A Vissim model created by a proponent of Elon Musk’s “Loop” in fact shows how poorly it will perform.
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A diagram from the “CAM” documentation purports to show how to reduce the costs of mass transit, when in fact it is simply showing how to take the “mass” element out of the transport system and turn it into a lane of tarmac. It also happens to be precisely the same process followed by the creators of the “Loop”.
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Better options exist that can be deployed now: conventional trams and pedestrianisation.

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Railway engineer. Writer. Sustainable transport advocate. Director of @PermanentRail. Lecturer at @BCRRE etc. Leads @PWI_York. STEMist. Feminist. He/him. 🏳️‍🌈

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