Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Works Start This Week On Lighting Up The Busway

Guided Busway Maintenance Track

Works start this week to install solar-powered stud lights along sections of the Busway maintenance track.

Cambridgeshire County Council will be installing the studs between Orchard Park and St Ives, Oakington and Girton, and between Longstanton Park & Ride and Longstanton village.

The studs have been used successfully on other cycle routes such as those between Over and Swavesey and on the Addenbrooke's to Shelford route.

The Busway cycle track has been well used since its opening in August 2011 and new solar lighting will mean that it will be more attractive to use at night as well as in the daytime.

Councillor Ian Bates, Cabinet Member for Growth and Planning, said: "This is excellent news for the many people that use the Busway cycle track regularly to commute to work, walk the dog or just go for a pleasant ride. The solar studs should really help people see their way on dark evenings or mornings and help make the track an even more popular route."

The work will be carried out generally at night and are expected to be completed by the end of March 2013. It is not anticipated that any section of the maintenance track will need to be closed during the works. Where works are taking place, sections will be fenced and signed 150 metres in advance to provide warning for pedestrians and cyclists. It is expected that there will be some noise generated by the installation process, but the mobile nature of the works will keep noise disturbance to a minimum.

Funding for the works is coming from the Cambridgeshire LSTF programme which includes a programme of measures aimed at 'Getting Cambridgeshire to Work'. £5m has been awarded by Government to spend over the next three years, which will unlock a further £4.2m to be spent on transport improvements.