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Cambridge Connect is collaborating closely with Railfuture East Anglia, who support proposals for development of Light Rail in the region. In particular, Railfuture East Anglia recognises the need and supports the call for a full technical and economic feasibility study of Light Rail options for Cambridge. Cambridge Connect is particularly grateful to Peter Wakefield (Railfuture East Anglia Chairman) and Paul Hollinghurst (Railfuture East Anglia Secretary) for discussions and technical advice on rail developments throughout the region. Ian Brown, Director of Policy at Railfuture and former Managing Director of Rail at Transport for London, is a Principal Advisor to Cambridge Connect.
The first formal presentation by Cambridge Connect of the Cambridge Light Rail Options was made on 04 February 2016 at the Madingley Village Traffic Working Group, the Chair of which is theatre design consultant Chris Baldwin. Cambridge Connect is very pleased that this local group of residents, who share a concern for a sustainable future for Cambridge, is also the first to express their support for the concepts and their further development. We hope that this group will be the first of many, and that support for Cambridge Light Rail and Cambridge Connect will grow from the grass roots to a level where decisions being taken about the future of the City and surrounding region will be positively influenced towards the strategic, long-term and sustainable solutions needed.
Cambridge Connect has received comments on and input to the conceptual plans from a range of individuals and organisations. In particular, in addition to our Railfuture colleagues and the Madingley Village Traffic Working Group, Cambridge Connect thanks Nicholas Avery, Jonathan Barker, John Beasley, Helen Bradbury, Ian Brown, Edward Byam-Cook, Angela Chadwyck-Healey, Jim Chisholm, David Cleeveley, Fiona Danks, Bev Edwards, Emma Fletcher, Gabriel Fox, Ruth Golombok, Nick Heath, Penny Heath, Robin Heydon, Lynn Hieatt, Sebastian Kindersley, Edward Leigh, Lorraine Mooney, Charles Nisbet, David Ousby, Michael Page, Jane Patterson-Todd, Robin Pellew, Alex Plant, Mike Radford, Kevin Rathbone, Alex Reid, Mal Schofield, Bridget Smith, Ian Steen, Susan van de Ven, Christopher Walkinshaw, Robin Waters, Stacey Weiser and Andy Williams for their comments to date. Cambridge Past Present Future have expressed support for our call for serious investigation of light rail as a credible option to meet future Cambridge transport needs. Rail Haverhill, the Milton Road Residents Association, Hurst Park Estate Residents Association, Barton Parish Council and Burwash Manor have also expressed support for the concepts.
All responsibility for the concepts, however, remains with Cambridge Connect, and while these individuals have kindly provided helpful comments they do not necessarily subscribe to the proposals being put forward.
David Tasker, Web Development Manager at the University of Cambridge Clinical School, generously assisted in establishing the Cambridge Connect website on WordPress and by providing technical web advice.