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Whippet fire speeding guided busway driver after crash


By Ben Comber


Trumpington guided busway crash Picture: James Gilbert
Trumpington guided busway crash Picture: James Gilbert

A driver veered off the busway to avoid cyclists, as it was reported at the time.

A statement from Whippet Coaches has confirmed that the driver who was behind the wheel when a bus veered off the guided busway in Trumpington three weeks ago was speeding, and has been dismissed.

An investigation by Whippet Coaches into the accident found the driver was travelling above 20mph in a 15mph zone.

Whippet Coaches managing director Charlie Hamilton said: “Our bus drivers play an important role in our community by taking passengers to their destinations safely and comfortably. It’s a responsibility we take very seriously. Our driver training programme has a robust safety component and we hold our drivers to the highest driving standards.

“The driver in this case failed to adhere to traffic regulations, and has been dismissed.”

“The busway is a safe and efficient service for passengers. It serves our community well, and we are working closely with Cambridgeshire County Council and the Health and Safety Executive to explore ways we can make the busway experience even better for all.”

The county council said there is no fault with the busway.

A statement said: “The operators of the buses carry out speed checks and the Council monitors and does its own checks too. The Council takes its responsibility and safety of the users of the Busway very seriously and is in discussions with the operators to keep this constantly under review.”



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