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Troubled busway edges nearer completion.

Cambridgeshire County Council and the engineering firm BAM Nuttall have finally agreed on a programme of works to complete the building of a guided busway that is more than a year late.

The timetable to fix six technical issues that are holding up the opening of the route from St Ives to Cambridge will now be finished by the end of July. Only then will an opening date be set for the much-maligned transport link.

The rectification work includes alleviating flooding of the maintenance track that runs alongside the busway; fixing a leaking expansion joint at the River Great Ouse Viaduct; and carrying out risk assessment for the rubber tyre material used as infill on the guideway.

Graham Hughes, the county council's director of infrastructure, said: "We want to get the busway open as soon as possible and these pledges mean we are closer to that long-awaited date."

The 25km busway has been beset by problems, with the original cost of 116 million [pounds sterling] climbing to as much as 160 million [pounds sterling]. The busway was originally due to open in February 2009.

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Title Annotation:NEWS; BAM Nuttall and Cambridgeshire County Council have agreed for busway maintenance
Publication:Professional Engineering Magazine
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:May 5, 2010
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