Guided buses will begin running on The Busway from Monday to prepare for the opening of the 26km track on Sunday 7 August, Cambridgeshire County Council said yesterday.
Buses have run on every section of the track at operational speed in the past, but council bosses will be carrying out final checks and inspections as the next step to get ready for the opening. Training for bus drivers will also begin next week.
New Busway contractors Jackson Civil Engineering and Cambridgeshire Highways have completed work on the guideway on schedule to allow buses access to the track while work is completed next to the guideway. They took over the project after a protracted dispute with previous contractor Bam Nuttall.
Stagecoach and Whippet will both run bus services on The Busway and require four weeks to complete driver training.
“As we approach the opening people will get accustomed to seeing more and more buses running on the route and it is now just a matter of weeks before people will be able to bypass the traffic backed up on the A14 by using The Busway,” said Cambridgeshire County Council’s cabinet member for growth and planning Ian Bates. “The service provided is certainly going to be first class.”