Busway is useless

THE issue that matters to people travelling into Cambridge from some distance away is the uselessness of the busway (Shona Johnstone resigns, November 21). Buses have just one per cent of the transport market. Only trains and trams can bring in the numbe

THE issue that matters to people travelling into Cambridge from some distance away is the uselessness of the busway (Shona Johnstone resigns, November 21).

Buses have just one per cent of the transport market. Only trains and trams can bring in the numbers of visitors that Cambridge city centre business folk need. That means re-opening railways such as Oxford - Cambridge. One railtour a week can carry five hundred from anywhere in England or Wales.

Otherwise, car parking charges and congestion will kill off all retail outlets except pubs, bookshops and estate agents.

Had the Department for Transport not withdrawn funding for Cambridge-Oxford rail re-opening and the Bicester-Bristol train service, throughtrains to Bristol from Cambridge would have been running by 2010. The money went to Crossrail.


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