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Road job waits for guided bus scheme

THE HIGHWAYS Agency is to delay starting a road widening scheme near Cambridge until a major public transport project sharing the route has secured funding, it emerged this week.

The Agency is working with Cambridge County Council to co-ordinate widening of the A14 to dual three lanes from Cambridge to Huntingdon with the construction of a guided bus system which will use part of the route.

Both projects emerged from the government's Cambridge to Huntingdon Multi Modal Study (CHUMMS) that was accepted by ministers last December.

Co-ordination involves the Strategic Rail Authority and is being led by the Government Office for the East (GOEAST).

It is being seen as the blueprint for a series of 'multi modal study implementation groups' across the UK aimed at ensuring schemes from the studies move forward together.

'We hope Cambridge will apply for funding in this year's local transport plan and get provisional approval by the end of this year, which will enable them to complete the guided bus project by 2007, ' said GOEAST acting director of planning and transport Clive Whitworth.

The guided bus system will run along a disused railway corridor from Cambridge to St Ives. It will then use the road from St Ives to Huntingdon.

INFOPLUS www. /transportv

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