Thursday, 11 September 2014

Guided Busway Lessons Learned Review

Cambridgeshire County Council has published the report of a review it commissioned from Bill Edwards FICE, FCIHT, MCICES, FCIArb, a partner at EC Harris LLP, entitled the "Cambridgeshire Guided Busway Independent Review". It's due to be discussed at next Tuesday's meeting of the Economy and Environment Committee. The title of this blog post is the one assigned to it in the committee agenda (follow this link if you want to read the report).

The review was initiated following the court case involving the County Council and BAM Nuttall, and is principally concerned with the contract, and the procurement process leading up to it, aspects of which were at the heart of the legal action.

I haven't had time to read the report, but  Cambridge News reporter Jon Vale has, and writes about it here. If you value your sanity you might want to skip the comments below the line, though...


  1. I'm new to St Ives, so I've only been using the guided bus for the past week to get to Addenbrookes.

    The route A buses are packed before they even get to St Ives of a morning and 1.5 hours to get from Ramsey Road to Addenbrookes is ridiculous, especially when standing for most of it.

    I think there are still plenty of lessons to learn!

    1. Yes. It's very frustrating and perhaps illustrates what an inadequate solution to public transport the busway is. 33 minutes between St Ives and Central Cambridge is slower than the pre-busway timetable (though that had to contend with frequent delays on the A14). Busway services are still not immune to delays caused by traffic congestion. Have you considered cycling when the weather is decent? I'm pretty sure you could make it to Addenbrooke's in less than 90 minutes.

    2. I'm going to ask Camb Cycling Campaign what the range of times for cycling this route is - and maybe the number of calories burned?

  2. from

    suggests cycle journey time is 1hr 34mins - about the same as the bus!

    Burning 380cals...or 750 there and back.

  3. Actually perhaps the more obvious solution is to park a bike at Science Park, take the bus to that point, then cycle the rest of the way to the hospital. No cheaper, though...


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