August 7th – Guided Busway OPENS !!!

June 9, 2011 by  
Filed under Top, Village News

Here is the latest update from county council received a few minutes ago:

Cambridgeshire Guided Busway update - 9 June 2011

The Council has announcing today that The Busway will officially open on
Sunday 7 August. 

Bus operators Stagecoach and Whippet Coaches are registering their new
timetables with the Traffic Commissioner, responsible for the
registration of local bus services. 

Timetables, stops and routes for the different services will be
published on the County Council website
(www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/thebusway) when available. This information
will also be sent to you by email. 

Residents will benefit from fast, reliable services connecting the
popular market towns of Huntingdon and St Ives to Cambridge. The Busway
will provide a genuinely fast alternative to the frustration of queuing
in the A14, taking residents to the key places in the city, such as the
Science Park, Cambridge Rail Station and Addenbrooke's Hospital. 

Busway services will run seven days a week, and from Monday to Saturday
7am to 7pm there will be buses running between St Ives and Cambridge at
least every 10 minutes. Services to Huntingdon will be every 20 minutes
with the final buses running beyond midnight.

The Busway will be the longest track of its kind in the world and
includes two new Park & Ride sites at St Ives and Longstanton for
hundreds of cars. The shorter southern section connecting Cambridge
Railway Station, Addenbrooke's Hospital and Trumpington Park & Ride will
offer a traffic free link.

It is anticipated around 3.5 million trips will be taken on The Busway
each year. The dedicated track for guided buses will mean passengers
will be able to travel by public transport between St Ives Park & Ride
and the Science Park in Cambridge in just 20 minutes.

Cambridge Gateway - a project to improve bus, cycle and pedestrian
access into Cambridge railway station - was completed earlier this year,
and the new link to Hills Road will also open on 7 August to tie in with
the start of Busway services.

The route will open on a Sunday to help get the service up and running
before commuters begin using the route and further information on the
services for the first day will be publicised in the coming weeks.

Surfacing of the cycleway next to the track between Swavesey and
Cambridge will also be completed before the route opens. This means
walkers, cyclists and horse riders will also be able to begin
benefitting from the high quality, safe and car-free route from 7
August.

Final driver training will be completed in the weeks before the route
opens.

As always, if you have any further questions at any time please contact
the Council's Busway Team - guided.busway@cambridgeshire.gov.uk or 01223
716972.
A big 'thank you' goes to Hollyoak Veterinary Surgery in Impington for their financial and technical support. Without it this website would not be possible.

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