CAMBRIDGESHIRE County Council is set to press ahead with an £800,000 scheme for a bus lane in Brampton Road and Hinchingbrooke Park Road, in Huntingdon. In addition to the 250-metre-long bus lane, the scheme includes a drop-off layby at Hinchingbrooke Sch

CAMBRIDGESHIRE County Council is set to press ahead with an £800,000 scheme for a bus lane in Brampton Road and Hinchingbrooke Park Road, in Huntingdon.

In addition to the 250-metre-long bus lane, the scheme includes a drop-off layby at Hinchingbrooke School, a toucan crossing on Brampton Road and a realignment of the exit from Hinchingbrooke Park Road.

To save money the county council has ditched plans for "bus gate" traffic signals to give priority to public service vehicles and the removal of the existing refuge near Scholars Avenue.

Huntingdon Town Council objected to the scheme on cost grounds and because of future changes to the road layout when the existing A14 railway viaduct is demolished after 2015 and the planned move of Huntingdonshire Regional College to the police playing field site. Some district councillors backed them, but the decision had been taken in principle in June 2006. All that was to play for was the design.

The majority of the funding (£520,000) will come from developer contributions.

Construction work, which was approved by the county's cabinet yesterday (Tuesday), is expected to start at the beginning of the school summer holidays to minimise disruption to road users.

Highway engineers told councillors that disruption comparable to that caused during construction of the contra-flow bus lane on the town's ring road last summer was unlikely "because with this project we have complete control of the site, which was not the case with Walden Road".

This is slightly disingenuous - while it is right that there was another simultaneous construction project, it too was the county council's development.