Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Busway defects report - BAM Nuttall responds

I only have the Cambridge News report to go on, so I'm treading carefully (it would be nice if the BBC were to pick up this report and run a story on it, but I've been unable to find anything yet). The CN is currently running this story - it suggests (a) that BAM Nuttall's relations with the County Council haven't improved any, and (b) that they are quite prepared to put right any Busway faults for which they are responsible. Note this last phrase, because the current version of the CN headling on its website ("If there is anything wrong we will put it right") is definitely not supported by the company's statement further on in the story! It's only defects for which BAM Nuttall is responsible they are promising to correct. And there's no indication in the company's statement that they accept all (or, indeed, any) of Capita's findings. If there's one thing we can be sure of it's that this is likely to run for a little while yet! First of all we need to see what the County Council's General Purposes Committee makes of the report. That meeting takes place next Tuesday, 29 Nov.

Monday, 21 November 2016

Busway defects - report published

Just over a year ago, the County Council and BAM Nuttall agreed a temporary suspension in what had become an increasingly bitter "blame game" on the defects that had become all too apparent in the Busway's track and foundations (ok, you're right - that's my personal gloss, not the official line!). Indeed, they agreed to an independent survey and investigation, as reported in a blog posting from September 2015.

Well, the waiting is over. The issue is due to be discussed at the 29 November meeting of the County Council's General Purposes Committee, and in anticipation of that meeting the report of that investigation (mostly carried out by Capita) has just been posted on the County Council website. (except for one of the appendices, which has been withheld on grounds of confidentiality).

Documentation for this meeting can be found here.

The Cambridge News has already read the report and come to its own conclusion - the headline on its news story (i.e. the one that was there when I wrote this post) reads:

"Independent experts agree with Cambridgeshire County Council that Guided Busway contractors must pay for repairs"

If you want to read the CN's full story - and why wouldn't you, given that it might save you reading all 170-odd pages of documentation - here's the link.

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Temporary diversion of bus route A

Due to roadworks causing traffic tailbacks, Stagecoach is diverting bus route A until 28th November.

Service A buses will not call at Parkside. Passengers should use the New Square stop instead.

Full details here.

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Change to Stagecoach service A

Stagecoach are making a change to one of their early morning journeys as from Monday 14th November. This follows the withdrawal of Go-Whippet's bus route 1A west of St Ives, and will plug a gap by providing an early morning journey between Huntingdon and RAF Wyton.
This is a quotation from Stagecoach's announcement about the change:

From Monday 14th November what is currently the 0722 Busway A from Godmanchester (0732 Huntingdon Bus Station, 0737 Hartford Main Street) will depart Godmanchester 7 minutes earlier at 0715 and will operate earlier on the section of route between Godmanchester and Hartford Main Street. This bus will also be diverted to serve RAF Wyton. This will mean it won't serve Hartford Marina.

Full details here.

The revised timetable for route A showing this journey (0715 from Godmanchester) can be viewed here.

Thursday, 6 October 2016

Timetable changes from 17 October

As reported last month, a temporary timetable (and altered route) is due to be implemented on Route R on17 October. The revised timetable is available here. This change is expected to last for around 3 months.

There's also one change on Route A from the same date. The 0815 journey from Longstanton P&R will now depart at 0825, and operate 10 minutes later throughout. For the updated A/B timetable, follow this link.

I notice that Whippet has also posted a new timetable for Route C, valid from 26 September, although I haven't been able to find any information about what's changed. Here's a link to the new Route C timetable.

So that's a clean sweep of new timetables then!

Friday, 30 September 2016

More Closures 1/2 October

The busway and maintenance track is due to be closed this weekend between Histon and Orchard Park/CRC Junction.

Sign at Histon

Stagecoach report:



The section of track between Histon and Impington & Orchard Park/CRC Junction will be shut Saturday 1st October 2016 and Sunday 2nd October 2016

The following alterations will apply:-

Histon and Impington stop (Towards Cambridge) - Both Days

TOWARDS Cambridge services A and B will serve the Citi 8 stop at the shops on Cambridge Road.

Customers travelling FROM Histon and Impington to Orchard Park ONLY can use the Busway A on the Saturday. At times when the Busway A does not operate the Busway B can be used and will drop off at Histon Road, just after the junction of King's Hedges Road.

Thursday, 29 September 2016

Cambourne busway proposal

A plan to build a busway between Cambridge and Cambourne could be bad value for money.