Cambridge Guided Busway
It’s not long now before the Cambridge Guided Busway comes into operation. It will be the longest guided busway in the world and will have six services an hour between Huntingdon and Cambridge.
I took this picture where the busway goes under the A14. Note the track at the side, which will be a cycleway.
The cycleway will definitely be a success, but can that be said for the busway. After all, when it was planned, it was thought that there would be a lot more housing on the route to generate revenue, but the recession has put that into touch. So will it be a financial disaster.
But overall, I think that the busway is typical of lets-get-something-cheaper British thinking.
As an example, if you want to go to Manchester on a train from Cambridge, the route meanders through Ely and March, when the disused Huntingdon-Cambridge railway line used for the busway could have been reinstated to provide both short and long distance travel from and to Cambridge. One could argue, that this was one of the lines that should never have been removed in the first place.
I wish the busway well, but I have a feeling it could be a rather expensive and underused white elephant.