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Breakdowns on guided busway
« on: September 24, 2008, 11:07:40 PM »
Was just wondering, does anyone know how they are going to cope with vehicles needing towed out the busway?  Are they going to acquire some kind of specialist truck for the purpose?  (One that can cope with reversing a long way...)

Also, I wonder what will happen to the busway if Northstowe doesn't go ahead, which must now be a possibility with the housing market being the way it is and with Gallagher appearing to be getting it's fingers burnt in Arbury Park now.

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Re: Breakdowns on guided busway
« Reply #1 on: September 25, 2008, 08:11:24 AM »
I guess in not so many months time from now we will all know the frequency of the buses; whether the SiH 55 service will run along there and just what/if Whippet will run any buses along the busway. I would have thought by now that both companies would be discussing all of this and placing vehicle orders.....

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Re: Breakdowns on guided busway
« Reply #2 on: September 25, 2008, 09:09:45 AM »
Breakdowns elsewhere have happened, and they just use adjacent road.

Trouble for this, is, that there is no immediately adjacent road, aside from the A14.
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Re: Breakdowns on guided busway
« Reply #3 on: September 25, 2008, 05:52:20 PM »
Was just wondering, does anyone know how they are going to cope with vehicles needing towed out the busway?  Are they going to acquire some kind of specialist truck for the purpose?  (One that can cope with reversing a long way...)

Also, I wonder what will happen to the busway if Northstowe doesn't go ahead, which must now be a possibility with the housing market being the way it is and with Gallagher appearing to be getting it's fingers burnt in Arbury Park now.
I would suspect they just might use a Terberg. These are used in dockyards, RDC's etc the driver is able to swing his seat around to be facing the direction of travel. In fact the vehicle that transports the concrete track up and down the runway is such a vehicle.
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Re: Breakdowns on guided busway
« Reply #4 on: September 25, 2008, 06:16:45 PM »
That sounds sense to me.
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Re: Breakdowns on guided busway
« Reply #5 on: September 25, 2008, 06:20:10 PM »
... I wonder what will happen to the busway if Northstowe doesn't go ahead, which must now be a possibility with the housing market being the way it is and with Gallagher appearing to be getting it's fingers burnt in Arbury Park now.

I think that the idea was for the busway to serve a St Ives P&R and for there to be entry points along the length of the northern section.

I guess the idea was that the busway was essential for Northstowe, but that Northstowe was not essential for the busway.

Does that make sense?

Anyroad, time will tell...
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Re: Breakdowns on guided busway
« Reply #6 on: September 25, 2008, 08:33:29 PM »
The Terberg looks like the very sort of thing I had in my imagination!

I agree it's not essential for the success of the busway for Northstowe to exist ... but it would certainly have been helpful in terms of passenger numbers, especially if there is still to be a service every 10 mins to St Ives.
« Last Edit: September 25, 2008, 08:35:23 PM by barryb »

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Re: Breakdowns on guided busway
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Re: Breakdowns on guided busway
« Reply #8 on: September 26, 2008, 08:05:28 AM »
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Re: Breakdowns on guided busway
« Reply #9 on: September 26, 2008, 10:55:29 AM »

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Re: Breakdowns on guided busway
« Reply #10 on: September 26, 2008, 11:12:28 AM »
Gallaghers are also working on Love's Farm in St Neots... and at the moment they are simply cutting their losses and running - completing the buildings that are past the point where they would degrade if not finished properly, and leaving the rest. S106 only becomes payable on completion, and so the railway bridge may not happen for a long while now.

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Re: Breakdowns on guided busway
« Reply #11 on: September 26, 2008, 11:31:19 AM »
We are going to see a lot of this happening county- and nation-wide. What will the condition be of these abandoned estates when housebuilding ultimately resumes after the vandals have had a prolonged field day?

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Re: Breakdowns on guided busway
« Reply #12 on: September 26, 2008, 03:02:39 PM »
... S106 only becomes payable on completion, and so the railway bridge may not happen for a long while now.

Sorry, which railway bridge?
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Re: Breakdowns on guided busway
« Reply #13 on: October 10, 2008, 07:45:42 PM »
As Richard suggests I understand there is going to be a centre cab mounted recovery vehicle that can be driven in either direction.

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Re: Breakdowns on guided busway
« Reply #14 on: October 10, 2008, 10:18:36 PM »
As Richard suggests I understand there is going to be a centre cab mounted recovery vehicle that can be driven in either direction.

Yes, a bit like one of those Airport type tugs, which they use to move the planes - they have a cab at both ends.

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Re: Breakdowns on guided busway
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Re: Breakdowns on guided busway
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