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Troubled Cambridge busway handed over to council

Contractor Bam Nuttall completed the Cambridgeshire Guided Busway project last Thursday and handed over the route to Cambridgeshire County Council.

Cambridgeshire County Council chief executive Mark Lloyd met with Bam Nuttall chief executive Steve Fox today to finalise the completion of the contract and the handover of the project following months of uncertainty over the scheme. It has been the subject of much wrangling between the contractor and the council over the quality of the work carried out.

“Both [Fox] and I are delighted all the mandatory checks have now been carried out and the route has been handed over to the council,” said Lloyd. “The council’s objective has always been to deliver a high quality route that will provide a fantastic service for our communities for many years to come. The handover of the route is the first big step towards the route opening.”

“I am glad both the Council and Bam Nuttall have taken a positive step forward today,” said Fox. “I, like everyone at Bam Nuttall, look forward to seeing buses running along this high quality scheme as soon as possible.”

Cambridgeshire County Council’s cabinet member for growth, infrastructure and strategic planning Roy Pegram said: “The handover of The Busway is the news residents have been looking forward to. This is the first big step towards the route opening, but I would like to remind residents that the announcement of the opening date is still some way off.

“We expect around 3.5M trips per year will be made on the route once it opens and it will certainly be the best way to travel to avoid the frequent queues and congestion on the A14.”

At the beginning of May the Council will begin adding a blacktop surface to the cycleway between Swavesey and Milton Road, as well as surfacing the southern section. An additional junction to help access to the Clay Farm development – funded by developers – will also be carried out.

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