Sunday, 14 August 2011

Cambridge Busway Finally Opens

Cambridgeshire’s Guided Busway has finally opened to passengers, over 2 years later than first planned.
It was originally planned to open in Spring 2009, but has been plagued by delays and financial disputes between Cambridgeshire County Council and contractor BAM Nuttall Ltd.
The 13 mile track offers a ‘reliable, fast and frequent’ service between Huntingdon, St Ives and Cambridge giving residents a high quality alternative to the long queues and uncertain journey times on the notoriously congested A14.
Stagecoach and Whippet Coaches, who are running the services on The Busway, have completed driver training and their fleet buses that are fitted with guide wheels are finally operating on the services they were purchased for.
Busway services run seven days a week, and from Monday to Saturday 7am to 7pm there are buses running between St Ives and Cambridge at least every 10 minutes. Services to Huntingdon are every 20 minutes with an hourly evening service running until midnight.
The Busway is the longest track of its kind in the world and includes two new Park & Ride sites at St Ives and Longstanton with spaces for hundreds of cars, and covered cycle parking.

The shorter southern section connects Cambridge Railway Station, Addenbrooke’s Hospital and Trumpington Park & Ride with a completely traffic free link.