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How the plan for a Cambridge metro could go wrong

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The Cambridge Area Metro intrigues me. It could be transformative for the whole region, and the city.

Effectively, it could create a cross of tunnels from north to south and from east to west. It could link the station to the historic centre and out to west Cambridge. It could also links out to existing and potentially new growth areas: St Neots, Haverhill, Mildenhall, and Alconbury. It could allow for a bunch of other new settlements along these routes focused around the metro as the primary means of transport.

This all sounds good, except I’m afraid that it will all be destroyed by car-centric development rather than people-first development. And we are not the first place to try this. Milton Keynes, on the main motorway between London and Birmingham, was built around the motorcar, with 70mph dual carriageways surrounding........

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