Tuesday, 18 December 2018

County Imposes 30mph Speed Restrictions on Southern Busway


"A reduced 30mph speed limit has come into force along a notorious stretch of Cambridgeshire's guidedbusway, three months after the death of a cyclist.

Steve Moir, 50, of Plantation Road, Sawston, was cycling along the Long Road stretch of the busway at about 4.50pm on September 13, when he was killed after being hit by a bus.

Cambridgeshire County Council announced this morning (December 18) that the speed limit of the buses will be reduced from 52mph to 30mph on the stretch of the city bound track from the Hills Road bridge, for a distance of around 875 metres, towards Long Road Bridge.

The safety measure follows increasing pressure on the council to take action."

This danger-point has been complained about since before the busway was opened in 2011 - wonder why it's taken so long?

Wednesday, 12 December 2018

Bus vs deer

Last Friday (7 December) a Stagecoach busway service collided with, and subsequently ran over, a deer. The Cambridgeshire Live report is a little unclear regarding the details, but the bus seems to have been operating a rush-hour "A" service from Cambridge to St Ives. The precise location of the incident is uncertain. No injuries (other than to the deer).

Friday, 30 November 2018

Busway diversion Saturday 1 December

Stop closures and a diversion are in place on Saturday 1 December, until 14.00 (or possibly 14.30 - the County Council and Stagecoach seem to disagree about just when a normal service will resume).

Not for the first time, there's been little advance notice - the news item on the County Council website was posted just yesterday. And Stagecoach's announcement only appeared at lunchtime today.

Both the Busway and the maintenance track (bridleway) will be between Orchard Park and Histon. The Cambridge-bound stop at Histon will be closed.

For route B, this means that Cambridge-bound buses will use the Citi 8 stops at Histon Station (outside the paper shop) and near the Kings Hedges Road junction, omitting the Histon and both Orchard Park Busway stops. The outbound services will also use the Kings Hedges Road Citi 8 stop, but will be able to call at Histon Busway after rejoining the Busway at Histon Station.

Route A buses will divert through Orchard Park, using the normal Busway stops, but the wrong way round - so the stops on the south side of the Busway will be used by buses heading towards St Ives, whilst the north side stops will be for city-bound buses. This has the potential to catch one or two people out! The city-bound A will use the Citi 8 stop at Histon Station.

Wednesday, 7 November 2018

Stagecoach buses to serve Fenstanton again

Due to the withdrawal of Whippet buses serving Fenstanton, a small number of Stagecoach buses will be amended to serve Fenstanton at peak hours. The changes come into force on Sunday 11 November.

You can view the changes at https://www.stagecoachbus.com/service-updates/serviceupdatesarticle?SituationId=ID-30/10/2018-10:02:53:129

The new timetable can be found at http://thebusway.info/pdfs/tt/ABDR-11nov18.pdf

New Cambridge Metro plans published

New plans for an ambitious Cambridge metro system have been announced. See https://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/news/cambridge-news/huge-plans-build-metro-haverhill-15381755 for more details. As far as the guided busway is concerned, it looks as if a metro route might run out of town along the guided busway corridor to serve Northstowe, St Ives and Huntingdon. The article talks about electric-powered, rubber tyred vehicles.

Saturday, 3 November 2018

Guy Fawkes Bus Diversions

Because of the Guy Fawkes Bonfire on Midsummer Common, buses A, B and D will be diverted between the hours of 6.30 and 8.30pm on Monday 5 November. Stops located on Victoria Avenue, Jesus Lane, New Square, Maid's Causeway and Round Church Street will not be served during this period. It’s not clear from this Stagecoach announcement what city centre bus stops services A and D towards St Ives will call at given that New Square stops will be out of action. 

More details here

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.