Saturday, 20 October 2018

Busway service "shot at"

I realise this is close to being "old news" by now - in my defence I've been out of the country... - but there's a report on Cambridgeshire Live of a Somersham-bound D service being hit by a shot from an air rifle on the evening of 10 October. Now it's a little unclear whether this was, indeed, an air rifle shot, or some object thrown at the bus. But whatever it was caused damage to the bus, in the form of a broken window, and alarmed some of those onboard. The incident appears to have happened between Oakington and Longstanton.

Passengers were transferred to a following service.

Friday, 19 October 2018

Route diversions on Sunday 21 October

Due to the Town & Gown 10k Run on 21 October 2018, Stagecoach will be unable to serve many stops across Cambridge City Centre. For busway routes A and B, than means no buses will be unable to serve stops located on New Square, Jesus Lane, Castle Street and Shire Hall.
Passengers are advised to board at Drummer Street bay 12.

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Whippet to withdraw Busway Service 'C'

In a shock announcement, contained in this CEN news report (along with news of the loss of the Whippet X3 bus), Whippet is to withdraw its independent busway service 'C' from November 10th. (Service 'U' remains.)

There are no reports, as yet, of either closure on the Go-Whippet website.

Extract: << A spokeswoman for Cambridgeshire County Council said: “Whippet have made the commercial decision to withdraw the C and X3 services from 10 November. We are currently discussing with other operators whether they can provide a replacement service of some kind. We will let residents know the outcome of these discussions as soon as possible.”
Whippet was approached for a comment but was unable to give an official statement at this time. >>

Was this inevitable? 

Sunday, 30 September 2018

More speed restrictions (and even slower journey times)?

Following the recent sad death of cyclist Steve Moir, local Trumpington councillor Katie Thornburrow has called for a formal consultation process to begin on reducing speeds on the Busway. It's not clear from the report in the Cambridge Independent just who should be consulted, and there's no indication that consultation should await the Health and Safety Executive's investigation into that most recent incident. It's also unclear whether she is proposing that speed reductions should apply solely to that stretch of the Busway between Hills Road and the Addenbrooke's turn-off.

Currently, unless otherwise designated, the maximum permitted speed along the Busway is 56mph (ie the imperial equivalent of 90km per hour). But there's a general maximum of 30mph on the single track section and on approaches to guided sections, a maximum of 40mph on "burst throughs", and an obligation on drivers to observe any specific limits imposed, through the use of signage, at other points along the Busway (eg Girton/Histon footpath crossing, Fen Drayton Lakes, Hills Road bridge - this isn't intended to be a complete list, just those I can call to mind immediately).

Apparently, safety measures including installing warning signs, lower fencing and extra road markings have already been agreed for the Long Road stretch, with the final works expected to be completed in October.

Not good enough, Stagecoach!

The busway is closed this weekend between Oakington and Girton Crossing, for maintenance, and buses are being diverted.

The notice published on Stagecoach’s website advises Oakington passengers wishing to travel to Cambridge to use the Citi 6, or to board at Histon Busway Stop or Longstanton Park & Ride.

This is not good enough.

Why can’t Stagecoach designate a couple of temporary stops in Oakington for the duration of the closure?

Whippet, on the other hand, have very helpfully advised their passengers:  ‘If you wish to board at Oakington please wait on Station Road at a safe point close to The Busway.’

Stagecoach could easily do the same.

Monday, 24 September 2018

Extended hours (Mon-Fri) on Busway's southern section

From 8 October, there are significant changes to the University's "U" service (operated by Whippet). What this means for the Busway specifically is that there are earlier and later departures on the Busway southern section - between the Railway Station and Addenbrooke's Hospital - on weekdays (i.e. Monday to Frinday).

Currently, Stagecoach's earliest departures are 0636 (outbound) and 0631 (inbound), with the latest at 1959 and 2017 respectively. The new Whippet timetable offers slightly earlier departures in both directions (0620 and 0631), and much later final departures in the evenings (2156 and 2207). Sadly, the "U" still doesn't serve Addenbrooke's at the weekend.

The new timetable is available for download here..

Bicycle thefts at Swavesey

A contributor to a Cyclescape discussion thread reports signs of multiple cycle thefts at the Swavesey Busway stop last week. And also noted an absence of CCTV monitoring the cycle racks.