Cambridge guided busway beset by string of incidents


An accident on the Cambridge guided busway was caused by a driver not 'following procedure', Stagecoach has said.

No one was hurt in the incident near Trumpington in early July, which resulted in the bus riding up the grassy verge at the side of the guided route.

This is the latest in a series of indidents and issues to affect the guided busway. Occurring at Hauxton Road in Trumpington, this latest accident was not far from a section where another bus derailed in February, the BBC reported.

On that occasion, Stagecoach is reported to have dismissed the driver who was found to be speeding when he crashed, injuring five passengers.

It also follows the death of a pensioner involved in a collision on the track last year. The case is currently going through the process of a coroner's inquest.

The county council has had to pay out almost £20,000 in compensation payments for trips, slips and other accidents on the guided route. 

Stagecoach has concluded an internal investigation into the latest incident, which ‘found no evidence to suggest any fault with either the vehicle or the guided busway infrastructure’.

It added that the driver was no longer with the company.

Andy Campbell, managing director, Stagecoach East, said: ‘The driver didn’t follow busway procedures as specified in the guideway handbook and, as a result, no longer works for the company.

‘There were no passengers on board the bus at the time of the incident and no one was injured. More than 3.5 million passengers use the guided busway every year - it remains significantly safer than the A14 and other major roads. Nonetheless, we are in discussions with the county council to review operational procedures and see if any changes would be beneficial.’

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