Friday, 13 January 2017

Cars on busway

Regular readers may have noticed that the blog hasn't been consistently reporting incursions onto the Busway by cars and other vehicles (or by their drivers). As fast as one can type, there's another one - it's hard to keep up! And after the first couple, there's not much one can say...

One during last night's rush hour on the Orchard Park section of the "B" route (close to the Orchard Park West stop) brings the total to six since the beginning of December.

Handily, a story in the Cambridge News, published yesterday afternoon, summarises the consequences for drivers (who are, after all, breaking the law). In addition to any damage to their vehicle, the driver has to pay the County Council for removal of the vehicle. In addition, they receive three points on their licence.

The Cambridge News story was published before the latest incursion. There's a separate CN report on that incident.

Thursday, 22 December 2016

Timetable changes to busway services from 1st January 2017



Stagecoach will be making some changes to the Busway A and B routes from 1st January 2017.
From that date, the 0720 service A from Ramsey to St Ives will depart Ramsey at 0710. This will operate 10 minutes earlier throughout. This journey will now also operate on Saturdays.
Monday to Friday, service B  which departs Central Cambridge at 1752 will be extended to serve Hinchingbrooke Hospital. 
Service A which currently departs Huntingdon at 1814 for Brampton will be re-timed to depart at 1820 and will be extended from Brampton to Buckden. 
A new duplicate journey will operate  between St Ives and Long Road College on college days departing St Ives Station Rd at 0722. 
Please click HERE to preview the new timetable

Also a reminder of Christmas and New Year timetable alterations can be viewed here .

Friday, 16 December 2016

Busway closed for a while - now reopened

Earlier this morning, Stagecoach tweeted that the Busway was closed between St Ives Park & Ride and Swavesey, "due to an over turned car". They've since reported that the track is now fully reopened. If anyone has further information (like, most obviously, why there was an overturned car on the busway...) please feel free to add a comment to this post.

[This post has been edited by the later addition of the following]

The Cambridge News has provided more information, mostly based on a police report. The incident took place just after 6 a.m., at Meadow Lane in St Ives. No explanation yet provided as to how it happened.

Thursday, 15 December 2016

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Transport hubs propsed for Swavesey and Oakington

Six new 'transport hubs' have been proposed in an attempt to persuade car users to switch to buses for travel into Cambridge city centre. This includes hubs ( i.e. car parks)  at Swavesey and Oakington linking to the guided busway. The scheme is part of the greater Cambridge City Deal.

http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/news/cambridge-news/six-new-transport-hubs-could-12315068

Monday, 12 December 2016

Christmas and New Year bus timetables - Stagecoach

Details of bus timetable alterations during the Christmas and New Year holiday period can be found here.

There will be no Stagecoach buses in and around Cambridge, including the busway, on 25 and 26 December, and 1 January.

Buses finish early on 24 December and 31 December (for times of last buses see link above).
Sunday service runs on 27 December and 2 January.
Saturday service runs on 28, 29 and 30 December.














Monday, 5 December 2016

Additional journeys, Railway Station to/from Addenbrooke's

With effect from today, Monday 5 December, the Whippet-operated service U has been rerouted to use the Busway between the Railway Station and Addenbrooke's Hospital (instead of operating via Hills Road). This greatly increases the number of journeys between these two points, although it's worth noting that it only operates Monday-Friday on this section of the route. The service operates roughly every 15 minutes from early morning to early/mid-evening (depending on your definitions!).

The U (officially called the "Universal") is sponsored by the University of Cambridge.

To download a timetable, follow this link.