Wednesday 27 March 2013

Easter bus services 2013

Bus services on the busway will be as follows over the Easter weekend:

Thursday 28 March - Normal service
Friday 29 March - Sunday service
Saturday 30 March - Normal Saturday service
Sunday 31 March - Normal Sunday service on routes A & B. No service on route C.
Monday 1 April - Sunday service
Tuesday 2 April - Normal service resumes


Details of Stagecoach's other Easter  bus services here.

Whippet services in the Go-Whippet Twitter announcements window here.

Friday 22 March 2013

Bus passenger survey 2013

The Bus Passenger Survey 2013 has just been published. It includes the results of survey of  the Cambridgeshire Guided Busway. To view it please click here.

Wednesday 20 March 2013

Incident with guided bus near Somersham

Today's Hunts Post ( 20 March, page 3) carries a photograph of a guided bus at an angle across a road.

The incident took place yesterday (Tuesday 19 March) shortly after 07.35. A passenger on the bus reported that there was a bang form the back of the bus, a hissing sound and the bus swung onto the grass. The bus then slid down the road at a 40-50 degree angle. Fortunately no other traffic was affected and no-one was hurt.

It's not possible to see from the photograph whether this was the 0725 service C from Somersham to Cambridge Railway Station via Needingworth.

Tuesday 19 March 2013

Stagecoach fares to rise

Stragecoach has announced that its bus fare will rise as from 31 March. Full details  here.

Here is a table of the new fares.

Cambridge & Peterborough prices
Megarider (7 day)£13
Megarider 4 week£50
Megarider 13 week£160
Megarider 52 week£540
Dayrider Plus£6
Megarider Plus (7 day)£23.50 
Megarider Plus 4 week £90 
Megarider Plus 13 week £275 
Megarider Plus 52 week £1000 
P&R return (from machine)£2.60 
P&R return (on bus) £2.90 
P&R Megarider (7 day)£12 
P&R Megarider 4 week£45 
P&R Megarider 13 week£140
Family Dayrider Plus 6.80 
Family Dayrider Gold £11.50 

Monday 18 March 2013

Cycle track flooded yet again

The River Ouse has risen a lot today ( Monday), and as a result the busway cycle track is now under water near the concrete bridge just east of the Ouse Viaduct.

Tuesday 19 March - flood water in the dip between St Ives Park & Ride and the Ouse Viaduct

Friday 8 March 2013

Guided busway driver fined for careless driving

A guided busway driver who was 'tidying up' his cab when his bus came off the tracks on 20 November has been fined £600.

See article in Cambridge News.

A further article on this topic has appeared in the Cambridge News ( 9 March, pages 1 and 3) - but not yet available online. Andy Campbell, managing director of Stagecoach east, has said the, despite this accident, the busway is still safer than travelling on ordinary buses. The driver in this case also went through a red light. the driver concerned no longer works for Stagecoach.

Wednesday 6 March 2013

Breakdown on busway

Mid morning  today I travelled out from Cambridge to St Ives and noticed a B bus stuck in the guideway  a short distance west of Longstanton.  Someone was taking a photograph of the incident. I did not see whether the bus was able to move on towards Cambridge as my  bus continued on its journey unimpeded in the opposite directiuon.

My guess is that busway service might have to be diverted between Longstanton and Oakington heading eastbound.

However, when I reached St Ives I witnessed an unusual spectacle, a B heading for Cambridge that wasn't a guided busway vehicle. Was it going to swap passengers at St Ives Park & Ride, or head off to Cambridge via the A14?

If anyone can add information about this event, please comment to the blog.

Diversions due to Cambridge Half Marathon - 10 March

Cambridge Half Marathon takes place on Sunday 10 March and  between 10am and 4 pm,  services on route B will be diverted.

There are notices up at some bus stops saying that the B won't call at Castle Street (Shire Hall),  Round Church Street, Jesus Lane, and New Square .

Unfortunately there doesn't seem to be anything on either the Stagecoach or Busway websites with the information. Buses will definitely be serving Drummer Street Bus Station throughout the day.