Guided Busway

Courtesy: Cambs County Council. 30 June 2011

Subject: Busway update for Parish magazines

Dear all

Now that the opening of The Busway has been announced, residents are keen to find out more information about how they can get on board from Sunday 7 August. I have included below this email some editorial text that you may wish to use in your parish magazine. The text includes a link to The Busway pages of the County Council website, but I have included an extra link below to the Timetables page. Please feel free to use this link in any article.

http://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/transport/around/thebusway/timetables/

JJ Penney, Communications Coordinator, Cambridgeshire County Council

Busway opening Sunday 7 August – it’s time to get on board

Cambridgeshire’s Guided Busway will open on Sunday 7 August providing a new reliable, fast and frequent link for Cambridgeshire communities. The high quality 16-mile guideway will be traffic-free giving far more certain journey times when travelling between Huntingdon, St Ives and Cambridge.

The Busway includes two new Park & Ride sites at St Ives and Longstanton with free parking for passengers and space for hundreds of cars. The shorter southern section connects Cambridge Railway Station, Addenbrooke’s Hospital and Trumpington Park & Ride with a completely traffic-free link. This will also help people get in to key destinations in Cambridge more easily.

Stagecoach and Whippet, who will run the services on The Busway, have now published timetables for the routes they will run on The Busway. These are available by logging on to the Council’s website at www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/thebusway.

Busway services will run seven days a week. From Monday to Saturday 7am to 7pm there will be buses running between St Ives and Cambridge at least every 10 minutes. Services to Huntingdon will be every 20 minutes with an hourly evening service running until midnight.

Ticket machines have been installed at the stops along the guideway to help speed up boarding and passengers will be asked to buy a ticket before they get on the bus. Ticket machines accept notes, coins and cards. Card transactions must be over £3. At stops away from the guideway passengers can purchase a ticket from the driver by paying in cash only.

Concessionary bus passes will be accepted on The Busway under the same terms and conditions as on other bus services in the county.

Cycle parking that is covered, well-lit and monitored by CCTV has also been installed at stops along the track.

Surfacing of the cycleway next to the track between Swavesey and Cambridge will also be completed before the route opens. This means walkers, cyclists and horse-riders will also be able to begin benefitting from the high quality, safe and car-free route from 7 August.

Before the route opens final trials and driver training will be completed. While this is being carried out work will still be taking place at numerous points along the route next to the track. Residents are being reminded that no public access is permitted on any part of the route until Sunday 7 August.

Below is a screen-grabs from the CCC website …