Contractor Bam Nuttall has completed its work on the troubled Cambridgeshire Guided Busway and handed it over to Cambridgeshire County Council.
But there is still no news on an opening date for the system.
Cambridgeshire County Council chief executive Mark Lloyd met with Bam Nuttall chief executive Steve Fox to finalise the completion of the contract and the handover of the project.
Meeting follows uncertainty
The meeting follows months of uncertainty about the scheme which has been the subject of disputes between the contractor and the council about the quality of work carried out (NCE 11 March 2010).
“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.
“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.”
Cabinet member for growth
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 improve access to the Clay Farm development − funded by developers − will also be built.