Disruption due on Cambridgeshire’s Guided Busway as safety fence works begin
Passengers using the guided busway in Cambridge are set to face disruption as work begins to install safety measures.
A section of the route between Cambridge railway station and the biomedical campus has been partially closed since 2022.
A temporary fence installed while Cambridgeshire County Council waited for an independent safety review is to be replaced with a permanent one, with work starting on 12 February. The full route should reopen on 30 March.
In a statement about the works, the council said: “The temporary fence was installed whilst we waited for an independent safety review and following ongoing communications with the Health and Safety Executive and as part of our continuous review of safety on the busway.”
It said the measure had “severely impacted the busway service and connections to key employment and health facilities”.
Following work with the bus operators and emergency services, a new fence is to be installed along sections of the southern busway that is “designed with removable sections to allow for safe evacuation”.
From 12 to 19 February, the maintenance track will be closed from the entrance of the busway at Hills Road bridge to Long Road bridge, but buses will still run one-way. The maintenance track from Long Road bridge to Addenbrooke’s spur will remain open.
Then from 19 to 25 February, the busway will be closed in both directions from Hills Road bridge to Addenbrooke’s spur and the maintenance track will be shut from Hills Road bridge to Addenbrooke’s spur.
From 25 February to 29 March, the busway will closed in both directions from Hills Road bridge to Addenbrooke’s spur. The maintenance track will be shut from Hills Road bridge to Long Road bridge during this period, but open between Long Road bridge and Addenbrooke’s spur.
“We anticipate it will take six weeks to install the new safety measure on the busway as it will involve removing the existing temporary fence, taking out the kerbs and installing the new fence,” the council said. “This new innovative busway safety measure means we can return the busway back to full use.”
In May 2023, the HSE said it planned to start legal proceedings against the county council amid safety concerns. The council said that investigation was ongoing and it could not comment further.