Thursday 26 January 2012

Longstanton Park and Ride

Longstanton Park & Ride has a fine new terminal building which includes a waiting room, toilets, exhibition space and office for busway staff. The building is constructed to exacting environmental standards incorporating an e-stack ventilation system, solar photovoltaic cells, and ground source heat pump.

Inside is a display describing how the building has been constructed.

 This image gives an impression of the interior:

When I visited a couple of weeks ago, there were also exhibitions  about the proposed new town of Northstowe, which will be on the west side of the busway between Longstanton and Oakington; and about busway wildlife.

Outside the terminal building is a bus stop evidently intended for use by local buses. But so far no other bus routes have been introduced or diverted to connect into the busway at Longstanton. Even Stagecoach's Service 5 which serves Fen Stanton, Fen Drayton, Swavesey, Over and Longstanton does not connect with the busway, although it has potential to do so at both Swavesey and Longstanton Park & Ride.

St Ives Park & Ride should have had a terminal building, but it was  cancelled in order to save money on the busway construction project.

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