The Amazing Cambridgeshire Busway
||The World's longest
Is almost ready to go. Built on the track bed of the former Cambridge - St Ives railway that was sold for scrap it has generated a war of words between proponent Cambridgeshire County Council and a motley rabble of bearded anoraks and major PITA CAST.IRON who seeming just wanted to object for the sake of it. This website presents a record of the continuing media coverage.
Picture courtesy Cllr Pegram's blog
Busway looks to be in great condition!
April 01 - Announcement
Boring, boring. Frankly we're fed up with the constant work updating the site, with articles that are, frankly mostly rehashing OLD arguments against the busway written by a bunch of trainspotters and railtech zealots. They just don't get it do they! The guided busway is a proven technology that WILL supplant rail, as it gives the flexibility and cost savings over the 19th Century railtech. Look, Mr Phillips and your crew, (Toot! Toot!) just forget it, rail is done, sold for scrap!! Buses are the future for local transport. Look, they've even got WI-FI on board, leather seats and Ham Sandwiches! You don't get that on the 8:15 to KingsX do you? You can't even buy a cup of coffee onboard, nevermind spill it over your laptop when braking at the lights. So, chaps, get out a bit more, but leave your anoraks at home! Anyway, rant over, we've decided to close the site to new entries. I'll leave the site online until the hosting fees become due, then that's it.
What do you think? Should we carry on? Let us know
April 01 - Jurassic Theme for Busway - Ha! obviously an April Fool article!!
March 31st - Little progress made on correcting defects on the St Ives to Cambridge Guided Busway:
March 25th - County is obstructive and coughs up old defects document in response to an FOI request
by Ian Jackson
Apparently "defects" are not the same as "snags", so he has had to make a
March 15th - Edinburgh council in "bitter row with their German contractor" over tramworks, have appointed tough guy to defend themselves.
Feb (09) - Edinburgh tram contractors have tried get more money.
"Critics paint a picture of a scheme in chaos, with project managers lacking experience and out of their depth". "There were flawed initial surveys". Sounds familiar?
March 19th - DfT releases funds for Luton guided busway!
So do you still believe government when they say "lessons will be learned" ?
March 19th - St Ives-Cambridge: Breakthrough on guided bus stalemate:
March 18th - Guided Busway is a transport disaster by Mike Mason
March 17th - Letter: County council needs to take legal advice
March 17th - BamBam to give talk on 'how to build busway' - took a radical approach: 50% overbudget!
March 16th - Date for opening expected after busway 'progress':
March 11th - Cambridge News article - Losing track of the start date for bus?
March 11th - Desperate, council peddles old video of busway. Full of old hype: "Set to REVOLUTIONISE Cambridge's traffic congestion" .. "cheaper faster and smoother than its Railtrack counterpart". Railtrack? Thought they went out of business?
Anyway, remember it's only a bloody BUS, and WHO believes a word the council says anymore.
Cue picture of councillor on his bike in a ditch!
Is he up the creek?
CCoC credibility rating now = 0%
March 10th: Transport minister announces £80 million funding for busway (Video):
March 10th - Tim Phillips interviewed on Look East:
Tim Phillips interviewed on BBC Radio Cambridgshire:
Cambridge News extensive coverage of The Blunderbus:
Bam! Bam! Bam! contractor attacks council over guided bus criticism:
Dismay over paralysed busway:
From our 'you couldn't make it up guv, department' - Luton busway to get gov funding!:
Cambridge Guided Bus was a "bad idea from the start," say Lib Dems, (with one eye on elections):
March 10th - BAM Nuttall unhappy that CCoC have released their critical report. Brian Smith interviewed:
March 9th - Desperate Busway Team has made public a critical
report to cabinet
March 9th - Council blames contractor for guided bus delay:
March 3rd - Let's have REAL rail says Norman
Flooding problems - here is a culvert and maintenance track in
- courtesy of The Cambridge Busway blog
Here it is badly flooded. Will amphibious vehicles be used on the maintenance track?
27th Feb - 'Biggest shambles' verdict for busway:
24th Feb - £161million - true cost of busway finally revealed (?)
23rd Feb - Cllr Mike Mason and Brian Smith interviewed on Radio Cambs Andy Harper show:
23rd Feb - Transport bosses take out loans to pay for guideway, total cost balloons to £161million
Councillor Mike Mason's documentation on the busway problems:
19th Feb - Bus slogan drives home anger over guideway delays:
Letter: Hardly suprising according to Cllr Mike Mason:
18th Feb - Letter: Pregnant lady hit by bus - you ain't seen nuthin' yet
17th Feb - Cambridge to St Ives guided busway stand-off continues:
15th Feb - Bus slogan displays operators's frustration over unopened busway:
10th Feb - East Cambs Lib Dem says budgets will be raided for £5 million
MGB legal costs
9th Feb - Guided bus delays spark anger - at last!
6th Feb - Bob Menzies 'Head of Delivery' delivers himself to conference. Let's hope he's on time!
BBC Cambridgeshire interview with Brian Smith of CCoC - there are £14,000 per day penalties (!)
2nd Feb - Bus operators 'hit out' at costly hold-ups to guided busway
Cambridge to St Ives guided bus disagreements will affect council's cash flow
Jan29th - £1m of our tax cash may be spent on bus
Letter: Misguided in many ways
Angry response to massive cuts:
Jan 4th - No deadline set for Cambridge guided busway completion
Letter: Wrong time for bus opposition - Julian Huppert wades in *
'Millions at stake after latest busway wrangle'.
Local taxpayers may subsidise costs by £1 million extra a year for ...how long?
Dec 4th - County press release: No worries mate!
Letter: Monorail makes long-term sense
Surprise - Guided bus 'millions of pounds over budget', court battle looms?
Well, at least someone is using the busway - Parkour/Free-running video
Dec 2nd - 'Bunker' Bob Menzies interviewed on 209Radio Drive show
Lit up like a Christmas Tree, but no-one's at home
Bunker Bob's little Elves 'too busy' to work over Christmas break
Letter: Dangers of the busway - wet feet and worse
Letter: Passengers still suffering (memory loss?) *
Letter: Environmental benefit negated - CO2 emissions mean the "concrete gutter" is not green, it's grey
Letter: No-one held to account - "so many promises made to the public enquiry have been broken"
Coleridge Conservatives -
reviewing restating the case for the guided bus:
Photo Gallery of the cycleway from cycle perspective
Letter: Well done for speaking out, says Tim Philips
Video - Busway delays explained starring 'Bunker' Bob (video)
Nov 19th - Delay in other bus changes wins a warm welcome
Nov 17th - Former Cambridge Conservatives spokesman says rail was 'never a viable alternative' and makes "Flat Earth" jibe against Cast.Iron, but Tim Phillips gets the last word.
Letter: £116m+ price tag for 'Dumbed down' service
Nov 18th - Where will the bus go from here?
Pictures from The Anonymous Widower blog
Busway pictures from Big Nick
Delay may be delayed by up to 6 months
Nov 17th - Guided bus hit by yet another delay
BBC Cambridgeshire interview with Brian Smith of CCoC - GB is not overbudget and enjoys public support (!)
BBC Cambridgshire Drivetime Show - Frank from Royston says the GB is a pack of lies
Nov 16th - BBC Cambridgeshire Drivetime Show, Tim Phillips calls for Cllr Pegram to apologise, then resign
Heart Cambridge: More delays to busway
Guided bus facing new delay
Now the busway won't open in November, it will be January 2010 (probably) say councillors
Nov 16th - Cambs council confirms yet another delay to St Ives-Cambridge guided bus link
Nov 13th - I our 'you couldn't make it up' section, Cambridgeshire County Council wins 'Transport Authority of the Year' award at UK Bus Awards
Nov 12th - Another Deadline Missed & concrete blocks at entrances
Nov 6th - Cast.Iron slams system as "Misguided and Bust"
Cambridge County Council release 'The Busway' video on YouTube.
There should be competition to spot all the dubious 'facts' offered to the viewer..On second thoughts that's just too easy.
Err, just when did you say it was opening? What, even the video won't open on time??!!!
September 1st - Busway gritter featured
Aug 22nd - Cambridge-St Ives Guided Bus: Track 'cracks are not a problem' A feature then?
Aug 10th - Fresh delay for guided bus route:
Aug 7th - Shona Johnstone blogs "..I am glad that at last, the end appears to be in sight."
July 24th - Shona Johnstone blogs "...we should threaten to abandon Northstowe". So why do we need the busway?
April 16th - BBC News: Busway drivers start training
April 09 - BBC News - One mile left for longest track:
The (December 2008) Busway Carol. Better late than never, and still apt in November 2009!
Dec 12th - Letter - Is the busway viable?
Dec - Busway in financial difficulties?
Oct 28th - Guided busway to use 1.8million tyres:
May - It's cracking up already! Cracks have been found in concrete beams. Don't worry it's supposed to (?)
'Bunker' Bob Menzies
just ignores the problem enjoys a cup of tea on the bus in BBC Radio Cambridgshire bulletin:
Tim Phillips responds:
March - BBC News - Busway trials are run (video):
Aug 7th - Viaduct down for busway project:
March 5th - Work begins on 25km guided busway:
July 4th - Contractor for £116m busway plan:
- Busway given go-ahead - Tim Phillips interviewed
Dec - Busway go-ahead - Initial reactions
- Inquiry inspectors report finally published
- Procurement document announces busway will be delivered in 2007
July 1st - Guided Bus plans supported in leaked SRA letter
Tim Phillips and Cclr Johnstone almost trade blows in the studio
Tim Phillips: (2MB)
Cclr Johnstone: (2MB)
May 19th - Letter: Let train take the strain
April 2nd - No we didnt! - Tim Phillips in discussion with Steve Riches, BBC Radio Cambridgeshire:
Part 1: (4MB)
Part 2: (6MB)
- Star 107 News Report: CAST.IRON misled the public
March 13th - Letter: Get on the right track
Feb 21st - TWA plans "very detailed" according to Cllr Johnstone:
"One bit that sticks in my mind was a line from the environmental assessment part of it which said:
'A small mammal was heard eating'...a ham sandwich??"
Feb 13th - Bedfordshire Translink Abandoned (sorry no link)
Bedfordshire CC Press Release (N/A)
Translink £90m 'an obscene amount for a white elephant':
- £32.5 million must be borrowed by the council from the Government
Feb 11th - Follow up news reports
News bulletins on Star 107
- Guided Bus Approved by County Councillors:
BBC News Report
Following news bulletins:
Cllr Johnstone's reposte "Absolute Rubbish":
Feb 9th - CAST.IRON's bus budget bombshell - Government grant for guided bus is not £65 million but £32.5million
read the small print:
Tim Phillips answers BBC Cambridgeshire listeners questions:
Longer BBC report by Stuart Ratcliffe:
- CAST.IRON release "Railway of Guided Bus" info sheet
- Government Funding pledge announced for a busway:
BBC interviews with Tony McNulty & Cllr Johnstone
Reality check - what did the County Council originally say in their Guided Bus Newsletters?
Well here they are in all their glory, take a look:
Wikipedia article on the MGB
Statement of Case