Fingers burned over guideway costs

WHATEVER the outcome of the cost overruns on the misguided bus project (The Hunts Post, December 10), and whoever pays for it, there is at least one piece e of good news. As we all know by now, the Cambridgeshire scheme, along with Luton-Dunstable, are de

WHATEVER the outcome of the cost overruns on the misguided bus project (The Hunts Post, December 10), and whoever pays for it, there is at least one piece e of good news.

As we all know by now, the Cambridgeshire scheme, along with Luton-Dunstable, are demonstration projects to establish the viability of guided bus as a form of rapid transit that can be built and operated at less cost than light rail or tram schemes. This comes direct from a Transport Select Committee report in 2002.

The good news is that the Cambridgeshire experiment has failed the test already - and catastrophically - and we must rejoice that no other "demonstration" is likely to be attempted. Certainly, contractors such as Nuttalls will not touch any future project with a barge-pole unless the stakes are considerably raised, which will surely make such a project impossible.

It's such a terrible shame that the people of Cambridgeshire are the ones who will have to live with this white elephant for years to come, especially as the railway could have been reopened already for so much less money.


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TIM PHILLIPS

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