Where is this going?

Photograph by Patricia Kreyer ARPS

Cyclists venture along the route of the Cambridge Guided Busway. Originally scheduled for opening in February 2009, the busway is still not open over two years later and a number of defects still remain. These include fixing defects at the River Great Ouse viaduct, completing the cycleway, adjusting gaps between the concrete blocks to allow for expansion in the summer, and addressing issues with drainage that could cause flooding of the busway and cycleway for up to 29 days per year.

The original contractor BAM Nuttall has been fined over £10m for the delays and non-delivery and Cambridgeshire County Council has now engaged Jackson Civil Engineering to complete the work and fix the defects. The project is now approx. £61m over budget and a legal battle is about to start to determine who should pay this. This dispute could go on for years and the Council has now set aside £5m for legal costs. A new opening date of August 2011 is now being proposed but since developer money from the proposed new town, Northstowe, along the route has never materialised and Northstowe itself is still is still under doubt after government plans to upgrade the A14 were scrapped, the extra passengers needed to make the busway economically viable may not materialise.

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