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Re: Bus comes off the guided busway this afternoon
« Reply #1 on: November 20, 2012, 04:52:09 PM »
From the 'helpful' illustrative library photograph accompanying the article in the Cambridge News, it would appear to be FirstGroup!
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Re: Bus comes off the guided busway this afternoon
« Reply #2 on: November 20, 2012, 05:01:48 PM »
Part of guided busway closed after crash - believed there have been no injuries

Quote from: Hywel Barrett | Hunts Post |Tuesday, November 20, 2012 4:36 PM
BUS passengers face travel mayhem this evening after a bus has crashed along the guided busway.

Emergency services were called to Station Road, Longstanton, at 3pm today.

An ambulance service spokesman said the bus hit a pathway and was in danger of tipping over but it didn’t. He added that one ambulance crew is at the scene but was not required as there were no injuries.

Andy Campbell, managing director of Stagecoach, confirmed that there had been an incident and that staff from the depot were trying to work out what happened.

He added that the bus was travelling towards Cambridge and had gone over a section of track into the St Ives-bound track at the junction with Station Road.

He said that an ambulance had been called for the driver.

The Longstanton to Swavesey section of busway has been closed until the bus can be recovered. It is thought it will take a few hours but diversions are in place.

So, Stagecoach, then.

Edits: The pastes had auto-deleted as I navigated between tabs; this was the only way of saving them!
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Re: Bus comes off the guided busway this afternoon
« Reply #3 on: November 20, 2012, 06:37:26 PM »
From the BBC Cambridgeshire website:

Quote from: BBC News Cambridgeshire
A driver has been taken to hospital after his bus came off the guided busway tracks in Cambridgeshire.

Police said it happened just after 15:00 GMT and no passengers are thought to have been injured.

Stagecoach said the driver misjudged an entrance to the busway between Swavesey and Longstanton and had been taken to hospital for treatment.

The firm's managing director Andy Campbell said services were still running, but diversions were in place.

Witnesses said the bus had been left at a 45-degree angle on the busway.

The concrete-tracked busway opened last year and runs services between Huntingdon and Trumpington, south of Cambridge.

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Re: Bus comes off the guided busway this afternoon
« Reply #4 on: November 20, 2012, 07:28:40 PM »
Oh dear :(  That's not good.

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Re: Bus comes off the guided busway this afternoon
« Reply #5 on: November 20, 2012, 07:36:27 PM »
Nice to see the CN online commentors are in fine form as usual!
Believe something similar has happened on the Leeds guideway before.....
« Last Edit: November 20, 2012, 07:46:05 PM by G823UMU »

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Re: Bus comes off the guided busway this afternoon
« Reply #6 on: November 20, 2012, 07:43:45 PM »
what is it every week another stagecoach driver mucks up christ alive 

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Re: Bus comes off the guided busway this afternoon
« Reply #7 on: November 21, 2012, 07:49:56 AM »
Indeed that's not very good at all - would not want to be on a double decker if/when that happens.

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Re: Bus comes off the guided busway this afternoon
« Reply #8 on: November 21, 2012, 08:00:20 AM »
Indeed that's not very good at all - would not want to be on a double decker if/when that happens.

It's a bit difficult to tell from the BBC Cambridgeshire photo, but it looks like a double decker to me.
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Re: Bus comes off the guided busway this afternoon
« Reply #9 on: November 21, 2012, 08:30:40 PM »
It's a bit difficult to tell from the BBC Cambridgeshire photo, but it looks like a double decker to me.

Looking at this photo, it seems one of the Eclipses ended up across both tracks...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-20427214

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Re: Bus comes off the guided busway this afternoon
« Reply #10 on: November 22, 2012, 07:48:14 AM »
Could have been far worse I feel - thankfully in this case not.

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Re: Bus comes off the guided busway this afternoon
« Reply #11 on: November 22, 2012, 12:41:41 PM »
22331 is the bus if any one wanted to know

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Re: Bus comes off the guided busway this afternoon
« Reply #12 on: November 22, 2012, 12:52:03 PM »
22331 is the bus if any one wanted to know
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Re: Bus comes off the guided busway this afternoon
« Reply #13 on: December 06, 2012, 01:39:03 PM »
Afternoon everyone,

21228 was the bus flying on the Busway...

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Re: Bus comes off the guided busway this afternoon
« Reply #14 on: December 07, 2012, 01:47:10 PM »
Further information:

Bus drivers faced disciplinary hearings after crashes

Quote from: Cambridge News, 07/12/2012
Two bus drivers have faced disciplinary proceedings following incidents involving Stagecoach vehicles.
In one accident, on November 9, an X4 service hit a bollard in Victoria Avenue in Cambridge, careered through the railings around Jesus Green, and ended up about 50 yards into the park.
Eleven days later, a guided bus came off the tracks between Willingham and Longstanton, causing lengthy delays.
Andy Campbell, managing director of Stagecoach Cambridgeshire, said disciplinary proceedings involving the drivers of both buses had been completed.
He said he was unable to release the outcomes but confirmed no faults had been found with either of the vehicles.
Police confirmed investigations into both collisions were “ongoing”.
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In the busway incident, the driver was thought to have misjudged the entrance to the track at Longstanton, leaving the bus perched over the concrete track.
Paramedics were called, but no-one was injured.
Kevin Elwood, 69, of Church Street, Willingham, was picking up a friend from the busway.
At the time, he said: “The guided bus had gone off the tracks and was on the edge of the concrete track when I saw it.
“There were three police cars and an ambulance on the track itself and the police were looking along it.
“I thought the guided busway was accident-proof.
“There were a lot of people walking about. It was a bizarre sight.”

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I need hardly add that, as drivers' livelihoods are at stake, inappropriate speculation as to causes and/or drivers' abilities would not be in the best traditions of the Forum.
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Re: Bus comes off the guided busway this afternoon
« Reply #15 on: December 07, 2012, 02:06:52 PM »
Further information:

Bus drivers faced disciplinary hearings after crashes

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I need hardly add that, as drivers' livelihoods are at stake, inappropriate speculation as to causes and/or drivers' abilities would not be in the best traditions of the Forum.
At the end of the day this is a matter between the drivers and the company and no one else. If it goes to court that is different.
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Re: Bus comes off the guided busway this afternoon
« Reply #16 on: December 07, 2012, 02:37:06 PM »
At the end of the day this is a matter between the drivers and the company and no one else. If it goes to court that is different.

Indeed.

I just added that piece about inappropriate comment, in order to forestall any speculation.

There have been one or two posts, in the last month or so...
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