Bus scheme guide

DISRUPTIONS and delays are almost inevitable as work on the £116million Guided Bus scheme gets underway in Huntingdonshire. But residents and motorists who believe the building of the new transport system will cause them problems, are being invited to fin

DISRUPTIONS and delays are almost inevitable as work on the £116million Guided Bus scheme gets underway in Huntingdonshire.

But residents and motorists who believe the building of the new transport system will cause them problems, are being invited to find out exactly what is happening and when.

A series of public exhibitions, which start today, Wednesday, in Fen Drayton, have been arranged to show how the project could affect you. They are being run by the Guided Bus team and the company building the busway, Edmund Nuttall Ltd, which is currently finalising the planning and design work.

The meetings will be held in St Ives, Longstanton, Swavesey, Huntingdon and other areas closer to Cambridge.


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Peter Paskel, public liaison officer for Edmund Nuttall Ltd, told The Hunts Post: "We will undoubtedly cause disruption in some areas but we will work to keep that disruption as minimal as possible.

"Local liaison forums have been set up along the bus route and local councillors have been invited, with representatives of the parish council and local interest groups, to attend the forums.

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"This will enable us to engage with the community while the project is taking place."

Work on the scheme, which is designed to provide "high quality, reliable and frequent public transport" along the A14 corridor, is to start at the beginning of 2007, continuing through until early 2009. It will travel from Hinchingbrooke through to Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge and on to Trumpington.

INFORMATION: If you are unable to attend any of these exhibitions but would like to know more about the construction programme, call the Guided Busway team on 01223 716972 or visit www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/guidedbusway

Will the scheme affect you?

St Ives/Fenstanton: Site offices will be set up near to the Great Ouse Bridge in February, 2007, and work will start on reconstructing the footbridge in the summer. A temporary right of way diversion will be set up on the footbridge while the bridge is reconstructed. The rest of the construction work will not start in this area until March, 2008. The construction of a park and ride with 500 spaces and a capacity for 1,000 will start in June, 2008 on the Meadow Lane site. The Longstaton to St Ives part of the project is being built last.

Meeting: St Ives Free Church, tomorrow, Thursday, October 26, 5-7.30pm.

Meeting: Main Hall, Swavesey Village College, Tuesday, October 31, 5-7.30pm.

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