Wednesday 26 June 2013

Bus stops and route between St Ives and Huntingdon

Letter in this week's Hunts Post asking for a bus stop at Huntingdon Garden & Leisure, and for service B to return to its older route via Ramsey Road. (Hunts Post, 26 June, page 8)

Accident on guided busway

According to the Cambridge News, there was an accident yesterday evening on the guided busway at Buchan Street, Cambridge, when a teenage cyclist was struck by a bus. The ambulance took 46 minutes to arrive.

One aspect of this report doesn't add up. Guided buses don't go along Buchan Street which is a small residential street near King's Hedges Road.

If anyone can clarify what actually happened, I'd be interested to hear. Is it possible that the young person who was injured lived in Buchan Street?

Link to the report here.

Saturday 22 June 2013

Five millionth passenger

It seems that the Queen could have been the five millionth person to travel on the guided busway according to the Cambridge news here.

Friday 7 June 2013

St Ives Park and Ride

Some weeks ago I posted that work had been completed on the extension to St Ives Park & Ride car park. That wasn't quite right. Since then some work has continued.The most recent has been the erection of wooden fences to prevent  (I suppose) pedestrians straying into the path of the buses.

I haven't done any counting of parked cars, but it does seem to me that the end of the car park nearest to St Ives town centre is always busier than the far away section. That says to me that people are using it as a free car park for access to the town centre. Good news for St Ives shops and businesses, I guess. But not really the intention of the car park extension.

Wild flowers on guided busway

The verges of the guided busway are displaying a stunning array of wild flowers at the moment. The Ox Eye Daisies appear to stretch for miles.  If you're not already planning  to travel on the busway, I'd recommend that you make a special trip.

Here is a view between St Ives and Fen Drayton

And a couple of shots by a friend.

Photo by Andrew Brown - 3 July 2013
Photo by Andrew Brown - 3 July 2013

Thursday 6 June 2013

Busway closed due to bus breakdown

One of my neighbours has just told me that the bus he was returning from Cambridge to St Ives today broke down near Longstanton due to an engine fault. He said smoke was billowing out of the bus's engine, and passengers had to walk to Longstanton where they were picked up by another bus that had reached there by ordinary roads.

The affected section of the  busway was closed for a while and buses had to be diverted.

The incident is reported by the Cambridge News here.

Wednesday 5 June 2013

Fire on busway

The Cambridge News reports that arsonists lit a fire on the busway between King's Hedges and Histon last night. Link to news article here.

Sunday 2 June 2013

Maintenance work at Longstanton Park and Ride

The normal bus stop for west bound guided buses at Longstanton Park & Ride is out of use at  present. This is due to maintenance work being carried out on the concrete drain covers  alongside the platform.

Buses towards St Ives and Huntingdon are calling at the stop normally used by the Citi 5 service.