So what's the point of a guided busway, anyway? It looks like it takes up about as much space as a 2 lane road, and apart from the driver being able to take his hands off the wheel (is this really an advantage?), I don't see that it gives any advantage over a regular bus, while adding costs?
If anything it seems slower, as it has an arbitrary speed limit of ~40mph, when the same space looks big enough for a 60mph A or B-road standard road...Would it not have been cheaper just to make a tarmac road and declare the whole thing a bus lane?
Despite appearances, it is
significantly narrower than a 60mph road built to modern standards - the guidance allows very limited clearance between the buses (and the THUMP of a pair of double-deckers passing less than a metre apart is quite noticeable).
It's almost entirely on old rail formations - which are too narrow for a conventional road - and large parts of the northern section are on embankments while half of the southern section is in a cutting. The extra land purchase and earthworks to create a full-width road would have been quite expensive.
The extension to the new Science Park station (currently under construction) will be a conventional road with a short section of guideway to limit access.
Not quite my current bus journey, but it was this morning and will be later on!
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