Guided bus: How it all happened
2000-2001: Cambridge-Huntingdon multi-modal study (CHUMMS) takes place. June 2001: CHUMMS-preferred plan published, recommending guided bus project, costed at £56 million at 1998 prices, and A14 road improvements. December 2001: Arthur Henderson, guided b
2000-2001: Cambridge-Huntingdon multi-modal study (CHUMMS) takes place.
June 2001: CHUMMS-preferred plan published, recommending guided bus project, costed at £56 million at 1998 prices, and A14 road improvements.
December 2001: Arthur Henderson, guided bus inventor and Cambridge resident, says guided bus unsuitable for Cambridge-Huntingdon. Recommends alternative rail link.
January 2002: The Hunts Post launches "Boot out the Bus" campaign. Huntingdon MP Jonathan Djanogly backs it.
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July 2002: Project cost reaches £73million. Guided bus scheme to be a "closed system" SuperCam. System to extend to Huntingdon using conventional buses.
June 2003: Project cost reaches £75million. Guided bus scheme to be an "open" system using adapted conventional buses.
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Autumn 2003: "Rapid transit" tag quietly dumped by CCC.
December 2003: Project cost reaches £80million. Government pledges £65million towards cost.
January 2004: Project cost reaches £85million (at projected 2007 prices).
February 2004: County council votes on and submits Transport & Works Act application. Consultation begins. Project estimated at £86million.
February 2004: Cost reaches £86.4million. Government's £65million contribution turns out to be half grant, half borrowing facility.
April 2004: Public consultation period ends.
August 2004: The Hunts Post suggests conventional bus alternative.
September 28 2004: Start of public enquiry at Slepe Hall, St Ives.
December 2005: Government approves TWA Order.
July 2006: Project cost reaches £116.2million. Government to contribute £92.5million.
Early 2007: Engineering work starts.
December 2008: Guided bus service opens.