Misguided & Bust - the unfolding story of the Cambridgeshire Guided Busway
Cambridgeshire's Guided Busway finally opened on the the announced opening day, August 7th 2011.
It is built on the former track bed of the Cambridge-St Ives railway that principal objector CAST.IRON wanted to reinstate.
The record breaking, budget-busting busway has generated vigorous disagreement between the proponent Cambridgeshire County Council and numerous objectors.
Buses are finally running, but council tax payers have been taken for one hell of a ride for years.
The build cost is hugely over-budget, and a protracted legal fight is imminent between Council and contractor BAM Nuttall.
This website is an archive of the media coverage from 2003 to the present, with our own take on the events.
|Busway view. Picture courtesy Jamie's blog|
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Latest media reports
Feb 23rd - Guided bus legal battle bill nearly £5m. No end in sightThings can only get better?
Feb 21st - Investigation launched after crashBut in-house - no involvement of HSE?
Feb 20th - Flooded-out cyclists put lives on lineEither they drown, or get run over. Nice
15th Feb - Buses collide on guided buswayNot the first crash, nor the last
Feb 11th - Wrong turn leaves car stranded on buswayNot an uncommon event
Jan 15th - How 18 cars got stuck at one busway junctionMotorists trying it on?
Jan 9th - Police close file on guided busway accidentBrakes apparently optional on buses
Jan 7th - Wheel comes off busway jibes aimed at councilMysteriously Atkins gets off lightly
Dec 29th - Man injured as guided bus pulls away at stopI'm surprised more incidents like this aren't reported
Dec 24th - Car gets stuck on guided buswayNice, just in time for Christmas
Dec 21st - Man seriously injured in guided busway collisionFail to understand why bus failed to stop
Dec 6th - What you don't like on busesHigh prices?
Dec 4th - 105 gripes on guided bus sent in to council'I wish to make a complaint'
New awards success for guided buswayLeather seats and Wi-Fi apparently well worth the wait
Sept 6th - £100m bill facing taxpayers if council loses busway fightIt'll end in tears for council tax payers, while lawyers laugh on the Busway trip to the bank
April 10th - Busway sparks new fight for school busMaintenance track deemed to dangerous to use as school route for children
April 10th - Guided bus court case won't start until 2014Day of reckoning also delayed by 2 years?
Jan 5th 2012 - Guided busway was sheer follyLetter from Tim Phillips
Dec 6th - Car driver stuck on busway says 'sun was in my eyes'Trapped driver looks down in the dumps
Aug 25th - Extra busway services confirmedWait until the schools go back.
Aug 8th - Cambridgeshire's Guided Busway opens to passengersIt's Railly here
Aug 8th - Cambridgeshire's guided bus finally opens - after years of waitingBeware Gushing Video!
Aug 7th - Latest updates on guided busway openingFinally it's open. We at NoGuidedBus.com can hardly believe it.
Aug 6th - Exclusive! CAST.IRON journey times comparison shows Busway is next to useless at speeding journeys£180 million later, and we find despite their promises, it's a White Elephant. Quelle surprise!
Aug 5th - Radio 4 you and Yours tackles the buswayNot exactly a glowing report on the MGB. features Bunker Bob, Tim Phillips & Julian Huppert
Busway ready to welcome first passengersProvincial Press Pumps out Press Releases
Aug 5th - Guided bus 'will not deliver any benefits' campaigners claimStating the obvious - it's a slow hard road to Cambridge City Centre. Only denizens of the Science Park living in St Ives may be pleased.
Aug 4th - A look at the guided bus's sisters around the world"Hoards of enthusiasts expected to jump on board in Cambridgeshire". Really? Curious maybe, enthusiatic, well...
Aug 4th - Longest Guided Busway in the world set to open this weekendFinally Gareth gets to write some good news as Bunker Bob gets ready to show off his busway
Aug 4th - Bunker Bob pops up with Wonderbus TabloidGlossy Stuff
Aug 4th - Guided busway bosses prepared for terrorist attackPity they're not prepared for passengers - the interchange at main rail station is unfinished
August 3rd - Busway scheme hit by cash holeCouncils get out their begging bowls and polish them
Aug 3rd - Guided busway timetables - see full schedule hereThe comments aren't exactly complimentary :)
Aug 2nd - 'Settle £64m guided bus legal battle out of court'Beardie speaks in favour of pragmatism
July 27th - BBC 5 Live tackles the buswayTim Phillips puts the boot in over build cost of busway
August 1st - Smartcard ticket launched in time for busway openingJust squeaked this in before the opening day
July 31st - butterflies, birds and buses on the moveWhy did the butterfly flutter by? Because it spied the busway greening itself
July 29th - Council goes to court to get guided busway money backBrown trousers now standard issue at Council
Emergency teams reach sick cyclist via guided buswayWhat was that bump in the track?
July 22nd - Take seat in guided busBusway now powered by PR Puff
July 20th - Not long to wait for phone app on bus movementsThere's an App for that
July 19th - Rush to end repairs to guided bus car parkCouncil borrowing from the future to fix the busway
July 18th - A cyclist hit by a guided bus suffered serious injuriesSafety concerns apparent over design of busway
Win ticket to ride as VIP in first trip on guided busCouncillor Bates brandishes a bunch of Jiffy Bags for The 'News
July 12th - All-green guided busway buildingCouncil offers Pats on Backs all round. Gets Brickbats from residents.
July 10th - a crocodile, a whale and 133 birdsLesser spotted bus may have been detected on busway. Not a "wow" moment though.
July 8th - Video: Guided bus is ready to goOnly 'claimed' to be ready?? Cambridge News unusually skeptical.
July 7th - 'Risk' that council may miss £50m cuts targetCore services at risk as budget for Busway tramples funding for other council services?
June 30th - Firefighters start training on guided buswayCllr Bates: "...a huge number of people will be very pleased when buses begin to run" - Tory County Councillors presumably
June 28th - Video: Thousands of tiny toads killed on the guided buswayThe curse of the Guided Bus visited on peripatetic pond dwellers
June 22nd - Video: Guided bus breakdown 'no problem'Another scintillating video not showing a recovery truck reversing for miles to reach a busted bus.
June 20th - Other busways still on course despite blundersEvery little (bit of vaguely good news) helps?
Guided busway timetables unveiled - see full schedule hereApparently is faster than a cart and horse on mogadon
June 16th - Guided busway legal battle 'could cost £6.5 million'Battle of Buses paid for by Council tax payers presumably, while councillors go on to better things elsewhere
June 13th - £40,000 bus shelters will be built - even though there are no busesHandy for street party BBQ's ?
June 12th - 'Pay us back the cost of guided busway delays'Busway is a dog, says Whippet boss.
June 10th - City residents given extra guided busway boostWhippet say they'll actually pick up city passengers, unlike
June 10th - Opening date fails to lift gloom over guided buswayThe Guilty Men line up for a mugshot as readers condemn their project
June 9th - August 7 opening date announcedLaunch date of
June 6th - 'Billennium Path' jibe for troubled route's cyclewayNellie = Elephant's Trunk Route
May 20th - Busway defect repairs could result in August openingWe've been talkin' 'bout Jackson, ever since the fire went out.. (with BAM)
April 28th - Guided bus cost 'may hit £187m'What goes up, must ........ go up
April 23rd - Busway handover welcomed but there is more work to do (on PR)'Perennial delays which have dogged the busway cannot go on indefinitely any more'. Definitely not, indefinitely no more, not not not.
April 20th - New kid on block says job is right up his streetCllr Clarke guzzles from poisoned chalice passed to him by predecessors. How long will he last before being run over by a
April 11th - Why are staff employed on guided bus?But actually doing other stuff. Never mind, BAM will pay for them.
April 7th - County bids for transport funds"So that will end up as £10 for a new cats eye on the A14, £4,499,990 for cycling facilities and half a million quid for the councillors consultant mates"
April 7th - £590k plan for real-time bus information approvedIt's real time information: NO GUIDED BUSES
Guided busway 'progress report' sparks laughter from public galleryObserver of Emperor cries out, "But he isn't wearing anything at all!
April 21st - Guided Bus finally handed overYes, you heard it right. Should we stop the dosh-clock now?
April 20th - New busway safety checks needed after blunderOh, it all makes work for the working man to do..
April 20th - BAM NUTTALL BLUNDER REQUIRES FURTHER SAFETY CRITICAL CHECKS
Why are staff employed on guided bus?Painting railings say LibDems. Oh, is there an election coming?
April 7th - County bids for transport fundsWhat - another Gilded bus stop? Sustainable transport funding, my a***
April 6th - Guided busway paperwork 'could be finished by Friday'It wasn't of course.
April 5th - Guided busway 'progress report' sparks laughter from public galleryWhy are we waiting, etc
April 5th - Look, we'll have the bl**dy thing anyway, we don't care if it isn't finished
April 1st - Bus services cut - but £590,000 spent on new signsReal time bus information: = NO BUSES =
April 1st - You could waste away waiting for guided busApril 1st generates a limp joke
March 15th - Council anger over further busway delaysMore posing by Council
March 13th - Villagers say bus cuts will isolate the elderlyS'alright, they'll stay stuck at home and won't vote.
March 4th - Busway delays cost contractors £10 millionIt's all BAM's fault so there!
March 4th - BAM NUTTALL BUSWAY DELAYS COST CONTRACTOR £10 MILLIONPress office get out their calculator
Feb 22nd - BUSWAY CONTRACTOR DATES "TAKEN WITH A PINCH OF SALT"Says CCoC press office. Salt shortages imminent then, better stockpile?
Feb 25th - St Ives-Cambridge guided busway delayed yet againAs expected, another delay
Feb 23rd - Builders of busway 'may be obstructing progress'Heave-Ho BAM Nuttall?
Feb 22nd - Rail could be Cambs A14 optionHas sense dawned at last?
Feb 10th - Hand over final guided busway paperwork, council tells contractorThe charade continues
Feb 3rd - Loony plan for rubber bus line stretching to Jersey"Even the Official Monster raving Loony Party couldn't have thought of the guided bus. It is the biggest joke going".
Jan 18th - One in 10 busway track joints could be 'faulty'Spreading out the bad news? Two years on, blunderbus bosses finally notice that concrete beam gaps are too small.
Jan 14th - Motorists see red as lights for guided bus stop the trafficFaulty sensors blamed. Or is it censors?
Jan 11th - Guided bus may start running this summerMaybe May, or Maybe not
Dec 17th - Guided bus: your views"I imagine it will take a lot of promotion to get people to use it after its reputation" - Who pays for that?
Dec 16th - Cambridge guided busway checked amid row over delaysGuided buses get green lights at junctions.
Dec 14th - BAM NUTTALL FAIL TO DELIVER ON CHRISTMAS PLEDGESays CCoC press office
Dec 14th - Busway contractors fined for Christmas breakBunker Bob's little elves get fined for taking time off over Xmas
Dec 9th - Buses Set To Run On Busway For Final Traffic Signal ChecksSays CCoC press office
Shortage of bus kill due to Toad Tunnels threatens new restaurant's menuBack to the old Rabbit & Partridge pies then?
Report to cabinet on Dec 14th: List of defects to be fixed by Council's framework contractorPopular cycleway sections liable to flooding will be closed off with gates to deter users.
Dec 6th - Council Confirm Plans To Correct Contractor's Defects On BuswaySays CCoC press office
Dec 7th - Cambridge's guided bus report: latest on the projectIf you don't fix it, we will! But there's nothing wrong with it! Yes there is! No there isn't! Is Is! Isn't! Isn't!
Dec 7th - Busway bosses ready to ditch BAM NuttallDAMN BAM:BAM!
Dec 6th - Tunnels to be dug underneath guided buswayToad in hole served up for animal lovers hopping mad over "corridor of death"
Dec 3rd - Hester Bluemental to open new Wild Meat Restaurant in CambridgeHe's game for a laugh - The Fat Toad is a sure hit with foodies.
Dec 2nd - Guided bus: Highlights of the BBC Cambridgeshire debateBBC edited highlights - add your comments at the end...
Dec 2nd - Cost of guided busway climbs to £181 millionStaggering! Where will it end? (Answer: in court)
Dec 2nd - No buses? Just walk this wayWot no bus? Snow sculpture verdict on MGB
Dec 1st - BBC Cambridgeshire's Andie Harper interviews Shona JohnstoneShe's still right of course, but less strident
Nov 30th - Guided bus fleet is gathering dustA mothballed bus gathers
Nov 30th - Operator Stagecoach 'may pull out of Cambridge busway'Campbell has an attack of The Glums
Nov 18th - In our fuss-about-nothing section: 'Concerns over 'too low' busway bridges are rebuffed'Councillor Williams's offending blog post
Nov 15th - Cambridge guided bus completes first trial run through Trumpington Cutting'Still work for BAM Nuttall to complete before the route can be handed over' Now where have I heard that before?
Nov 11th - Guided busway overspend tops £50mSo far that is...
Nov 11th - The stop zone where kissing can startAdvise don't get a ride with Bunker Bob and his mates...
Report to cabinet on 16/11/10: This is a defect. No it isn't! Yes it is! No it isn't!Sellout last year's Christmas Panto is still running
Cambridge busway debacleChristian Wolmar tells the tale: "It seemed a good idea at the time".
Oct 29th - Council Tax Payers warned of potential extra £60 million bill if Cambs lose guided bus argumentsOr is it 50m ? What's 10m between
Oct 28th - Operators concerned over spiralling costsThe wheels on the bus have come off
Oct 28th - Guided busway could have opened a year ago - contractorCouncil is outfoxed
Oct 27th - Graham Hughes from Cambridgshire County Council interviewed on BBC CambridgeshireConstruction defects must be attended to before opening
Oct 27th - Stephen Fox from BAM Nuttall interviewed on BBC CambridgeshireDoesn't accept that mistakes have been made in construction, busway could be running now
Oct 27th - The guided busway contractor BAM Nuttall speaks outFox finally bites the hand that feeds it
Oct 27th - Southern busway just ‘days away’ from being readyCould take vehicles, err, but won't just yet
Oct 26th - "Please disclose all correspondence between BAM Nuttall and Cambridgeshire County Council relating to the proposed handover and opening of the guided busway in November 2009"Dirt thanks to Councillor Rupert Moss-Eccardt
Oct 26th - Shortcut bid for guided bus ‘unacceptable’Oh, Mr Pegram, what shall we do, our contract is rubbish, and the project's turned to poo
Oct 16th - Bus interchange go-ahead means work will start soonSoon means when? It's inadequately designed as expected, with no long distance coaches or drop-off points
Report to County Council Cabinet 26th October on progress of buswayUnhappy reading for busway fans
Oct 15th - No progress means more waiting for Cambs Guided Bus
Bob can we fix it? No we can't!
Oct 12th - Decisive business thumbs-down for Leigh busway. Public doesn't want it despite plansBusway would just add to traffic congestion.
Oct 11th - Low-carbon building boost for Cambridge buswayGreenwash dosh?
Oct 11th - Busway stops for Christmas breakYeah, yeah, predictable moaning about BAM:BAM holidays in December... just like last year.
Oct 7th - Final beams laidYes, it's 'finished' again, this time the southern guideway. But Champagne is still in Bob's fridge.
Oct 5th - Final beam is laid on guided buswayThe final beam of the final guideway
Sept 29th - Legal action inevitable over St Ives-Cambridge guided busway
Letter from Cllr Pegram
Sept 29th - '£2m improvements to transport go on hold'Projects that could have been saved if the authority had not sunk so much cash into the guided busway?
Sept 29th - 'More problems could emerge for guided bus'Another day in the continuing busway disaster story
Sept 28th - Blogger Jamie gets on his bike & reports on the state of the guidewayThanks for taking such lovely pics!
Sept 28th - 'Council starts own guided busway inspections'BAM:BAM? no thank you m'am!
Sept 28th - County Council Cabinet meeting to discuss progress of buswayBriefing document (Word)
Sept 27th - 'Cabinet will decide on £2 million savings that must be made on county’s transport budget'Well everything else cut, except the bl**dy guided bus costs
Sept 23rd - 'St Ives-Cambridge guided busway: independent inquiry promised as further delay revealed'Bus lurches twixt farce and fiasco.
Sept 21st - 'Independent review of guided busway announced'...after the ‘inevitable’ court action over the contractor’s overspend
Sept 21st - Independent review of guided busway announcedTo consider the conduct of bosses behind the much-delayed scheme, engineering firm BAM Nuttall, and the standard contract being used
Sept 21st - County Council announces independent public review as BAM Nuttall again fail to deliverBut they don't give a start date, it could be years away after the legal wrangling is finished
Sept 15th - Letter: What an odd contract! - "...recovery could be years away, if anything is recovered at all"Oh dear...
Sept 15th Letter - St Ives-Cambridge guided busway - what is Plan B on cost overrun?Well, Councillor Pegram?
Sept 14th - Luton is third worst in green travel leagueBut the £90 million scheme is safe says Gubmnt.
Sept 14th - 96% say no to Busway' says LibDem survey of Luton residentsIt's not popular but they
Sept 9th - Now it’s south section of guided busway in troubleWon't be finished by Christmas then?
Sept 7th - Exasperated Cambs councillors face new guided busway delay
Sept 3rd - Guided busway: Cambs v Manchester - Prof Knowles: "I have concerns following my visit to Cambridgeshire."Bunker Bob busy updating his C.V.
Sept 2nd: Huppert "not surprised" guided busway on holdAre we surprised either?
Sept 1st: BBC interview Manchester's Prof Knowles about his visit to CambridgeshireBet he's glad to go home (by train)
Sept 1st - St Ives to Cambridge guided bus firm faces £45m billSee you in court Mr Nuttall?
Sept 1st - Manchester busway may be ditched after Cambridge visitCambridge News picks up on the story
August 30th - Busway to open in the spring of 2011?
Aug 31st - Manchester's Leigh busway project has been put on hold after a councillor visited the budget-busting Cambridge Busway
Aug 28th - 'Mr Busway’ hopes he’s on track for by-election victoryNo chance! Rug pulled from under Matt
August 27th - 'Council will finish off work on guided busway'So who pays for that?
August 24th - 'Mr Busway’ hopes he’s on track for by-election victory'BradneyVision™ to make a comeback? Use your vote wisely...
Aug 11th - Guided Bus work going well...but just not on St Ives stretchNowhere near completed it says
August 8th - Key part of long-overdue busway is finished earlyA key part, or a forgotten part?
August 6th - Luton Dunstable Busway contract to be kept secret
July 31st - Busway bosses plan for emergency vehicles to use trackBut it has to be used, as the maintenance track floods!
July 28 - MP brands busway ‘a white elephant’City MP Julian Huppert shows his colours
July 27th - City M.P. Julian Huppert speaks in parliamentary debate on transport issuesMoving speech
July 25th - NoGuidedBus.com gets 'On The Buses'Fame at last!
July 20th - Tim Phillips interviewed on BBC Cambridgeshire about Cast.Iron's Milton Road Station proposalMaking them an offer they can't refuse
July 20th - Poor condition of cycle track shown in blog photosAnd this is in Summer!
July 19th - Bus companies are in an unhappy positionThe constant whining noise is not coming from the axle. Thanks to Brynley
July 15th - Beleaguered busway opens its first branch line - Council jokes: "we've already logged the issue"No injuries were reported
July 9th - Busway may open in DecemberJust in time for Christmas maybe?
July 7th - Cambridgeshire's guided busway contractors warnedComplete the entire project by December 2010, or hand over control
July 6th - Phew an article at last: 'Council could be forced to finish guided busway work'Bunker Bob to get his shovel out?
July 5th - County Council in press release famine shock horror void. Worrying lack of news since last weekPhew!
July 2nd - Revenue and patronage worries surface. Stagecoach say build problems should have been fixed by nowCouncil moots 'new deals' to raise more income from the guideway. Whatever do they mean?
July 01 - Growing fears that guided buses won’t run until 2011Another day, another gloomy headline for the Blunderbus
June 30th - Bendy Bus system in Bristol is out of shape as everything stops for a tea breakBananas
June 22 - Guided bus experts’ fee tops £5.5mSome 'experts' they have proved to be
June 19th - Could rubber have erased guided busway problems?Rubber man says coat the busway in the stuff as the silly season starts early
June 18 - Still no defect work completed on Guided BusI thought the whole thing was defective from the start?
June 18 - The Busway update: County publishes list of defectsArchived here
June 16th - 'Hard times prompt fears of bus interchange being axed' - "Nothing is certain in this economic climate" says PegramDeath, taxes, ineptitude of CCoC
June 16 - Council slam ‘inept’ guided bus contractorsNow it's SLAM:BAM:BAM
June 09 - Busway overspend blamed for cuts. Pain and no gain, but only 1million overspend we are led to believeSo, council taxpayers not subsidising the guided bus project was a
June 02 - Hot weather tests on Cambridge to St Ives busway trackHotted up bus
June 02 - Farewell Edinburgh’s busway but BRT lives onAnother one bites the dust
May 29 - Local M.P. calls for guided bus enquiryJulian won't be invited for coffee and sandwiches anymore at Shire hall. Pity, the sandwiches are pretty good.
May 26th - Latest broadside fired at busway contractorBAM:BAM -> BAM:BAMBAM:BAM -> BAM:BAM I'll get you Nuttall!
May 20 - Probe into guided bus is rejectedOw, that hurts!
May 18 - No opening date for guided bus until "at least July"They can't help
May 13 - Guided Bus good headline shock horror - Cambridge Station area has been finishedPity the bus doesn't run to there from St Ives
May 13 - Long wait for bus gets even longer as deadlines passCounty says "it's not our fault Gov"
May 6th - St Ives to Cambridge guided busway defects checklist updateYour updates will be updated
May 6 - Cycleway to be narrowed and elevated to stop flooding
May 5th - Delayed guided busway step closerShould it be rolls slowly forward?
May 5 - Cambridge guided busway's track base to be checkedThe Answer lies in the soil - BAM:BAM to do a bit of digging
May 5 - Photo archive of busway by 'Frachon'
April 28 - More guided busway delaysI love deadlines, it's the whooshing sound they make as they fly by
April 23 - Problem jobs on busway ‘to be finished by mid-June’
April 22 - "CCoC ...is confident its contractor will get cracking"Like the concrete beams you mean?
April 21 - Transport bosses miss deadline to name opening dateThis is news?
April 16 - 'Dr B Ching' publishes critique of MGB in Private Eye magazineLord Gnome investigates
April 15 - CAST.IRON submits a proposal for a Milton Road station to DfTStation to Station
April 02 - We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to ban the building of busways on disused railway linesThe usual suspects
April 01 - Busway progress after talksA good day to bury good news? No no, really, it isn't an April Fool article!
April 01 - Special announcement from NoGuidedBus.com
March 31st - Letter fron Tim Phillips: Direct route is beside the A14Fundamentally flawed
March 25th - County is obstructive and coughs up old defects document in response to an FOI request by Ian JacksonApparently "defects" are not the same as "snags", so he has had to make a new request
March 15th - Edinburgh council in "bitter row with their German contractor" over tramworksHave appointed tough guy to defend themselves
March 10th - Cambridgeshire council wants busway defects fixed
Feb (09) - Edinburgh tram contractors have tried get more money"Critics paint a picture of a scheme in chaos, with project managers lacking experience and out of their depth"
March 19th - DfT releases funds for Luton guided buswaySo do you still believe government when they say "lessons will be learned" ?
March 19th - St Ives-Cambridge: Breakthrough on guided bus stalemateNo wellies will now be required by cyclists
March 18th - Guided Busway is a transport disaster by Mike Mason:Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Reformatted version
March 17th - Bam:Bam to give talk on how to build buswayUnlikely to say that they took a radical approach: 50% overbudget!
March 16th - Date for opening expected after busway 'progress'
March 11th - Cambridge News article - Losing track of the start date for bus?
March 10th: Transport minister announces £80 million funding for Luton busway (Video)Mad
March 10th - Tim Phillips interviewed on Look East
Tim Phillips interviewed on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire
Cambridge News extensive coverage of The Blunderbus
Contractor attacks council over guided bus criticismBam! Bam! Maxwell's silver hammer came down upon his head..
Dismay over paralysed busway
From our 'you couldn't make it up guv, department' - Luton busway to get gov funding!
The forgotten Southern section of the Guided Busway, photos taken early January 2010The route to the Trumpington P&R site
March 10th - BAM Nuttall unhappy that CCoC have released their critical report. Brian Smith interviewed
March 9th - Desperate Busway Team has made public a critical report to cabinet
March 9th - Council blames contractor for guided bus delay
March 3rd - Let's have REAL rail says Norman
|Flooding problems - here is a culvert and maintenance track in dry conditions||Here it is badly flooded. Will amphibious vehicles be used on the maintenance track? Bob investigates|
Pictures courtesy of The Cambridge Busway blog
27th Feb - Biggest shambles' verdict for buswayAnd the longest
24th Feb - £161million - true cost of busway finally revealed (?)
23rd Feb - Cllr Mike Mason and Brian Smith interviewed on Radio Cambs Andie Harper showCounty Council having to borrow to finish off the works
23rd Feb - Transport bosses take out loans to pay for guideway, total cost balloons to £161million40 million smackers
Councillor Mike Mason's documentation on the busway problems
19th Feb - Bus slogan drives home anger over guideway delays
Letter: Hardly suprising according to Cllr Mike Mason
18th Feb - Letter: Pregnant lady hit by bus - you ain't seen nuthin' yet
17th Feb - Cambridge to St Ives guided busway stand-off continues
15th Feb - Bus slogan displays operators's frustration over unopened busway
10th Feb - South East Cambs Lib Dem says budgets will be raided for £5 million MGB legal costs
9th Feb - Guided bus delays spark angerAt last!
6th Feb - Bob Menzies 'Head of Delivery' delivers himself to conference. Let's hope he's on time!
BBC Cambridgeshire interview with Brian Smith of CCoC - there are £14,000 per day penalties (!)
2nd Feb - Bus operators 'hit out' at costly hold-ups to guided buswayBusway robbery
Feb - Cambridge to St Ives guided bus disagreements will affect council's cash flow
Jan 29th - £1m of our tax cash may be spent on bus
Jan 22nd - Guided bus delay will affect Cambridgeshire County Council's cash flow says audit chief
Jan 13th - Fears for Cambridgeshire's £116m guided bus scheme
Letter: Misguided in many ways
Angry response to massive cuts"There are bits to finance the guided bus..."
Jan 7th - Guided busway path hit by freezing floods
Jan 4th - No deadline set for Cambridge guided busway completion
Letter: Wrong time for bus opposition - Julian Huppert wades in
Millions at stake after latest busway wrangleLocal taxpayers may subsidise costs by £1 million extra a year for ...how long?
Dec 5th - Millions at stake after latest busway wrangle
Dec 4th - County press release: No worries mate!
Letter: Monorail makes long-term senseNo wheels on my wagon, and I'm still trolling along
Guided bus 'millions of pounds over budget'Surprise? Court battle looms, after busway is finished...
Well, at least someone is using the busway - Parkour/Free-running video
Dec 2nd - 'Bunker' Bob Menzies interviewed on 209Radio Drive show
Lit up like a Christmas Tree, but no-one's at homeBungalow Bill is alive and well
Bunker Bob's little Elves 'too busy' to work over Christmas break
Letter: Dangers of the busway - wet feet and worseNo chance though of getting run over by a bus..
Letter: Passengers still sufferingLabour councillor forgets the facts
Letter: Environmental benefit negated - CO2 emissions mean the "concrete gutter" is not green, it's grey
Letter: No-one held to account - "so many promises made to the public enquiry have been broken"
Coleridge Conservatives -
Find foot, aim, fire!
reviewing restating the case for the guided bus
Photo Gallery of the cycleway from cycle perspective
Letter: Well done for speaking out, says Tim PhilipsPoll: Are you looking forward to the opening of the guided bus? 81.5% said no.
Video - Busway delays explained starring 'Bunker' Bob (video)
Nov 19th - Delay in other bus changes wins a warm welcome
Nov 17th - Former Cambridge Conservatives spokesman says rail was 'never a viable alternative' and makes "Flat Earth" jibe against Cast.Iron, but Tim Phillips gets the last word
Letter - £116m+ price tag for a 'Dumbed down' service
Nov 18th - Where will the bus go from here?
Pictures from The Anonymous Widower blog
Busway pictures from Big Nick
Delay may be delayed by up to 6 months
Nov 17th - Guided bus hit by yet another delay
BBC Cambridgeshire interview with Brian Smith of CCoC - GB is not overbudget and enjoys public support (!)
BBC Cambridgeshire Drivetime Show - Frank from Royston says the GB is a pack of lies
Nov 16th - BBC Cambridgeshire Drivetime Show, Tim Phillips calls for Cllr Pegram to apologise, then resign
Guided bus facing new delay
Now the busway won't open in November, it will be January 2010 (probably) say councillors'Finishing works'
Nov 16th - Cambs council confirms yet another delay to St Ives-Cambridge guided bus link
Nov 13th - Cambridgeshire County Council wins 'Transport Authority of the Year' award at UK Bus AwardsIn our 'you couldn't make it up' category
Nov 13th - Will guided busway be ready in time?Well that's an easy one. No!
Nov 12th - Another Deadline Missed & concrete blocks at entrances
Nov 6th - Cast.Iron slams system as "Misguided and Bust"
November 09 - Cambridge County Council release 'The Busway' video on YouTubeThere should be competition to spot all the dubious 'facts' offered to the viewer..On second thoughts that's just too easy Err, just when did you say it was opening?
What! Even their video won't open on time??!!!
Sept 11th - St Ives to Cambridge guided bus ticketing delayBus managers annoyed - "We hate you Pegram"
September 3rd - Schools Information Pack publishedGood example? Pictures of Essen busway (now closed) given in the pack
September 1st - Busway gritter featured
Aug 22nd - Cambridge-St Ives Guided Bus: Track 'cracks are not a problemOk, a feature then?
Aug 11th - Cow breaks onto guided busA moo threat to busway?
Aug 10th - Fresh delay for guided bus route
Aug 7th - Shona Johnstone blogs "..I am glad that at last, the end appears to be in sight."Good old Shona, she's good for a laff!
July 24th - Shona Johnstone blogs "...we should threaten to abandon Northstowe". So why do we need the busway?Why do we?
June 16th - Final section of track for guided busway laid as opening nearsSo they thought
June 8th - CAMBS: Lib Dems believe unseated Tory high flyer may have paid the price for guided busMatt Bradney sacked by disgruntled votors
May 18th - High winds delay off peak piling work on underpass under Hills Road BridgeBaked beans now off menu
April 16th - BBC News: Busway drivers start training
April 09 - BBC News - One mile left for longest track
April 2nd - Cambs Guided Buses on TrackOn track, but not on the track
18th Feb - Guided bus pair put on rack over key meeting
The (December 2008) Busway Carol. Better late than never, and still apt in November 2009!
Dec 12th - Letter - Is the busway viable?Without Northstowe..
Dec 9th - Fears guided bus £6 million over budget
Dec - Busway in financial difficulties?
Dec - Busway in financial difficulties?Predicted
Nov - Guided Busway - your questions answeredBunker Bob comes out with the usual answers
Oct 28th - Guided busway to use 1.8million tyresPlus the ones the wheels on the bus use...
May 1st - It's cracking up already! Cracks have been found in concrete beams. Don't worry it's supposed to (?)'Bunker' Bob M. said he enjoyed a cup of tea on the bus. Smooth as or smoother than a train he says
May 1st - Tim Phillips discusses the damage to the concrete beams. Faults will jolt the steering.Busway is a strategic failure.
April 14th - Stagecoach Cambridge selects Scania buses to operate prestige serviceTen biofuel-powered, Scania double-deckers have been selected by Stagecoach for its 'flagship' routes
March 14th - BBC News - Busway trials are run (video)Opening Spring 2009 apparently
Aug 7th - Viaduct down for busway project
March 5th - Work begins on 25km guided busway
Feb 19th - Justification for Cambridgeshire Guided Bus is built on sandCAST.IRON reveals crucial failures in appraisal and modelling
Aug 30th - Letter: Last-ditch bid to ban the busCAST.IRON's last try
July 4th - Contractor for £116m busway planAwarded to Edmund Nuttall
Busway given go-ahead - Tim Phillips interviewed
Dec 21st - Busway go-ahead given. Initial reactions
July 12th - Inquiry inspectors report finally publishedThe one wot
Article by Guided Bus inventor Arthur Henderson - why GB is unsuitable for Cambridge-StIvesThey did not listen, they did not know how, perhaps they’ll listen now?
Sept - Procurement document announces busway will be delivered in 2007
Sept 1st - Cambridge Huntingdon Rapid Transit - the misguided bus?Article by Julian Huppert
July 1st - Guided Bus plans supported in leaked SRA letter. Tim Phillips and Cclr Johnstone almost trade blows
Tim Phillips speaks
Cllr Shona Johnstone speaks
May 19th - Letter: Let train take the strain
April 2nd - Tim Phillips in discussion with Steve Riches, BBC Radio Cambridgeshire Part 1
April 2nd - Tim Phillips in discussion with Steve Riches, BBC Radio Cambridgeshire Part 2
April 1st - Star 107 News Report: CAST.IRON misled the public!News bulletin
March 13th - Letter: Get on the right track
March 12th - MC Shona Presents: The Wheels On The BusThe People on the Bus would rather have a Train
Feb 21st - TWA plans "very detailed" according to Cllr Johnstone."One bit that sticks in my mind was a line from the environmental assessment part of it which said 'A small mammal was heard eating'...a ham sandwich??" Feb 13th - Shona Johnstone and Tim Phillips head to head BBC Radio studio debate:
Feb 13th - Bedfordshire Translink Abandoned (sorry no link)
Bedfordshire CC Press Release (N/A)
Jan 27th - Translink £90m 'an obscene amount for a white elephant'
Feb 11th - £32.5 million must be borrowed by the council from the GovernmentCouncillors finally admitted
Feb 11th - Follow up news reports and news bulletins on Star 107 (Long)The public want a rail link, interview with Jerry Alderson
Feb 11th - Follow up news reports and news bulletins on Star 107 (Short)Rail scheme is not viable, interview with Cllr Shona Johnstone
Feb 10th - Guided Bus Approved by County CouncillorsBBC news report 4
Feb 10th - Guided Bus Approved by County CouncillorsBBC news report 3
Feb 10th - Guided Bus Approved by County CouncillorsBBC news report 2
Feb 10th - Guided Bus Approved by County CouncillorsBBC news report 1 (confused)
Cllr Johnstone's reposte "Absolute Rubbish"
Feb 9th - CAST.IRON's budget bombshell - Government grant for guided bus is not £65m but £32.5mRead the small print!
Tim Phillips answers BBC Cambridgeshire listeners questions
BBC report by Stuart RatcliffeCouncillors vote to apply for TWA order
Jan 5th - CAST.IRON release "Railway or Guided Bus" info sheet
Dec 18th - Government Funding pledge £65m announced for busway. BBC interviews Tony McNulty & Cllr JohnstoneMcNulty damns busway with faint praise. Shona is naturally delighted.
July 31st - CHRT - a report by Director of Operational Services in Hunts District Council minutes
Reality check - what did the County Council originally say in their Guided Bus Newsletters?Well here they are in all their glory, take a look: