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All change as new mayor in the east focuses on rural access

Dr Nik Johnson delivered a surprise Labour electoral win in the metro mayor battle for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough in May. He tells Lee Baker how he wants to switch from an over-focus on city congestion towards improving transport in the rural Fens

Lee Baker
10 August 2021
Cambridgeshire & Peterborough’s metro mayor Dr Nik Johnson
Cambridgeshire & Peterborough’s metro mayor Dr Nik Johnson
Greater Manchester’s Andy Burnham and fellow metro mayor Nik Johnson in Cambridge
Greater Manchester’s Andy Burnham and fellow metro mayor Nik Johnson in Cambridge

 

Labour politician Dr Nik Johnson has taken the helm at Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority after campaigning against the overfocus on Cambridge in the south of the region. Mirroring the language of the prime minister whose surname he shares, Dr Nik Johnson wants to switch focus to “levelling up” the county’s more deprived north.

He is upturning the combined authority’s established transport policy, which proposes a Cambridge Autonomous Metro (CAM) system...

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