Lord Mair to head Cambridgeshire metro project

1 October 2020

Lord Robert Mair, an authority on soft-ground tunnelling and Cambridge University Emeritus Professor of Civil Engineering and Director of Research, has been appointed chair of One Cam – the company that is to deliver the Cambridgeshire Autonomous Metro (CAM).

CAM is currently envisaged as a world-leading regional public transport network connecting settlements across the region with Cambridge city centre. Scheduled to be delivered over the next decade, the CAM network will comprise both tunnelled and surface sections and is expected to promote long-term regional economic growth.

Underground stations and tunnels beneath the city will form a key component of the scheme. The line will connect with planned major city-centre interchange hubs, including Cambridge railway station. Regional lines will branch off to connect St Neots, Alconbury, Mildenhall and Haverhill with the city.

The project is expected to use a technologically advanced, sustainable, highly flexible trackless electric vehicle.

Lord Mair's appointment to One Cam has been approved by the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority. In the past, he was President of the Institution of Civil Engineers from 2017-2018 and one of the founding directors of the Geotechnical Consulting Group.