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Cambridge busway opening delayed

The opening of the Cambridge guided busway - the longest guided busway in the world - is to be delayed until next month

Finishing works to the St Ives to Cambridge Busway have not yet been completed which means the route cannot open at the end of November.

Much of the work identified from inspections has already been done, but there are still some tasks that Busway contractor, BAM Nuttall, need to complete. The finishing works that are part of finalising the legal agreement needed to formally handover the track still need to be completed.

Council leaders are disappointed by the news that there is still work to be completed but are clear this must be done before the agreement to handover the track can be signed.

Cambridgeshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Growth, Infrastructure and Strategic Planning Roy Pegram said: “I share everyone’s disappointment that The Busway will not open at the end of November, but I am certain people in Cambridgeshire would agree with me that we can’t accept the track until the outstanding work on it is finished. We want the entire route to meet the high standards the Council and public expect, and the contractor has promised, so we can provide an excellent and reliable service for many years to come.

“We are in BAM Nuttall’s hands and therefore are not able to announce another date for the opening until the work needed for that to happen has been completed, the route has been signed over to us and bus services registered. BAM Nuttall is as keen as we are to get buses running and have said they will put in the resources needed to do that.”

A BAM Nuttall spokesman, said: “It is disappointing we can’t get buses running by the end of November, but we are committed to working with the Council and we will complete the outstanding work as soon as possible. Most of the work has already been completed, but to handover now would mean a few outstanding tasks would not meet the high standard we set for ourselves on all our building projects.”


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