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Improvements to guided busway cycle path to stop flooding closures


Every year the guided busway cycle path is closed due to flooding between st ives and cambridge. This normally means having to swap from using environmental bikes to commuting by car.

There are a number improvement options to keep this commuter path open, the most basic being a small path slightly up the bank on the sections that flood for example.

Will you please consider these improvements to allow this cycleway to be a reliable option for commuters please?

Kind regards 

Brett moreton

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Tuesday, 25 February 2020
Monday, 25 May 2020
Brett Moreton
This petition currently has 244 signatures in total.
Petition Signatories
244 electronic signatures
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Craig Emery
Tom Evans
Paul Evans
Gary Fairhead
Nigel Fenner
Yasmin Finch
Rosemary Flynn
Marc Folland
Dave Fox
John Francis
This petition has been reviewed and the following response has been offered:

The maintenance track runs alongside the busway in this area.  This is designated as a bridleway but can be closed at any time for works required on the Busway itself under the 2005 Busway Order.  The track sits within flood zones varying from type 2 to type 3 (areas at significant risk of flooding).  This area is designated a flood plain by the Environment Agency.

 At some times of the year the flooding is severe and can reach several metres up the track bank.  To institute a path wide enough for two way cyclists along the bank, without restricting the width of the existing maintenance track for maintenance and without undermining the structure of the bank could prove to be an expensive and unsatisfactory solution.  To have cyclists moved closer to vehicles going 56 mph would be the opposite of what most individuals would wish to achieve.

 The major infrastructure team have been asked to look at whether a solution could be found on the other side of the maintenance track, away from the Busway track itself and if this proves possible, to find sources of funding for it.

 Over 30 million passenger journeys have been undertaken on the Busway since opening in 2011.  The rapid transit system has achieved its goal of being a reliable option for commuters rather than to commute by car.  Therefore the obvious option at present when the maintenance track is flooded is for commuters to use the buses rather than to revert to using their cars.

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