Cambridgeshire Guided Busway

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Cambridgeshire Guided Busway

OwnerCambridgeshire County Council
LocaleCambridgeshire, United Kingdom
Transit typeGuided busway
Began operation7 August 2011; 12 years ago (2011-08-07)
Operator(s)Stagecoach in Huntingdonshire, Whippet
System length16 miles (25 km)

The Cambridgeshire Guided Busway, known locally as The Busway, connects Cambridge, Huntingdon and St Ives. It is in the English county of Cambridgeshire. It is the longest guided busway in the world,[1][2] beating the O-Bahn Busway in Adelaide, South Australia.[3][4][5]

Two guided sections make up 16 miles (25 km) of the route. The northern section uses the course of the old Cambridge and Huntingdon railway and it runs through the former stations of Oakington, Long Stanton and Histon. The southern section uses some of the former Varsity Line to Oxford. It links Cambridge railway station, Addenbrooke's Hospital and the park and ride site at Trumpington, via housing on the Clay Farm site.

Services are ran by Stagecoach in Huntingdonshire and Whippet. These two companies are the only two that run services on the Busway. However, they had to run a regular service between 07:00 and 19:00 every day for exclusive rights to the Busway.[6]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Cambridgeshire guided busway opens to passengers". BBC News Online. 7 August 2011. Retrieved 2011-08-07.
  2. "Cambridgeshire guided busway opening date announced". BBC News Online. 9 June 2011. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
  3. "Cambridge-St Ives busway". Transport Briefing. Retrieved 2009-01-09. Budgeted to cost £116.27m, the government has given Cambridgeshire County Council £92.5m ... Cambridge-St Ives busway will be the longest guided busway in the world[permanent dead link]
  4. "Busway ready to welcome first passengers". Cambridgeshire County Council. 4 August 2011. Archived from the original on 2011-09-29. Retrieved 2011-08-07.
  5. Orson, Charlotte (4 August 2011). "A look at the guided bus's sisters around the world". Cambridge First. Archived from the original on 24 March 2012.
  6. Menzies, Bob (26 November 2008). "Guided Busway – Your Questions Answered". BBC Cambridgeshire. BBC Online. companies have guaranteed a service for the Guided Busway for five years. They signed up to that in 2006. ... a guaranteed service from 7am to 7pm ... bus companies will pay the access charge ... They won't pay an access charge outside of the 7am to 7pm times