Cambridge Mass Transit

Project Details

Project Description

LBA Role

Project Highlights

Location

City of Cambridge

Client

Steer

Date

Sept 2017 to Dec 2017 and Nov 2018 to Dec 2018

Project Type

Metro, tunnels and Infrastructure

Skills

Geotechnical
Buildability
Estimating

Project Description

 The City of Cambridge and its surrounding region is one of the most vibrant, economic zones in the UK.  Extensive development has taken place around the University City and consequently gridlock regular occurs on the roads at peak times.

Smart Cambridge, a consortium of the Greater Cambridge Partnership, Cambridge Ahead and Cambridge University have developed a concept for a mass transit system based on the use of battery powered rubber tyred vehicle operating in tunnels through the centre of Cambridge and on tarmac roadways around the perimeter of the city – Affordable Very Rapid Mass Transit (AVRT) to address these congestion issues.  

Steer were appointed by The Cambridge and Peterborough Combined Authority and Greater Cambridge Partnership Board to develop this concept.    The output from the study was the preparation of a strategic options appraisal report providing sufficient information to assist in the development of an outline business case for a future transport system for Cambridge.

LBA Role

LBA were appointed by Steer in 2017 to provide geotechnical, buildability and cost consultancy advice as part of the development of the strategic options appraisal.  Key elements of the proposals LBA assisted with included:

  • The provision of a high level geotechnical report looking at the ground conditions in and around the Cambridge area and its suitability for the development of a tunnelled transit system.
  • A report looking at the feasibility of building a below ground central interchange within the centre of Cambridge based on the AVRT proposals (Shown below).
  • Various exercises looking at the costs for a tunnelled transport solution including the construction of an extensive underground central interchange in the centre of Cambridge.

LBA Role subsequent role 

Following further study and engineering development, LBA were appointed  by Steer to carry out a peer review including cost review of the preferred option in late 2018

Project Highlights

 Following their review of the various options and their benefits / drawbacks and significant stakeholder consultation, Steer developed their own proposals for a transport system which they called – Cambridgeshire Autonomous Metro (CAM).  This would consist of a series of bespoke rubber tyred articulated vehicles each with a capacity of 100-250 people.  These vehicles would operate on a network of routes around Cambridge with a central 6km tunnel section through the city centre.  The network would include a combination of segregated and shared running including making use of the guided bus routes already developed around the Cambridge area.

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