Mildenhall could be last stop on Cambridge Metro system
Mildenhall could be the last stop on Cambridge’s new metro system if the project comes to fruition.
On Tuesday, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough mayor James Palmer unveiled aspirations to build a busway to the town to alleviate the ‘traffic misery’ of commuters in the region.
The metro system would use off-road routes before going underground in Cambridge.
Mr Palmer said he wanted to work with West Suffolk councils to deliver the project and was confident it would happen.
“This project is a reality, and it is happening,” he said.
Mr Palmer said the metro is planned to be delivered in phases between 2023 and 2028.
The combined authority boss said said he thought the best way to deliver a metro would be to set up a Mayoral Development Corporation, which would help consolidate planning powers in the region.
Mr Palmer said: “Doing things in a different way is key. Development corporations are about sharing the opportunities. It’s not about the mayor coming in and taking power. It is about collaborative agreement. I can’t deliver without the local planning authority.”
According to the Localism Act 2011, the object of an MDC is to secure the regeneration of its area.
“An MDC may do anything it considers appropriate for the purposes of its object or for purposes incidental to those purposes,” the act reads. “The Mayor may decide that the MDC is to have, in the whole or any portion of the area, the functions conferred on the local planning authority.”
Mr Palmer said creating a development corporation was not an attempt to gain more powers from other local authorities, but said the move would make it easier to deliver such a major project across such a large area.