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Busway Website / Sunday evening services
« on: March 24, 2013, 03:18:12 AM »
Has this been given up on?

The maps on it are still out of date almost five months after the change!

Separately...

I'm two days into spending a week living in Oakington.

The full horror of the stupidity of spending tens of millions on infrastructure and then using it only 6 and a half days a week is really sinking in.  With up to 11 buses an hour (on and off the guideway) Oakington could be a great place to live in without a car, and with 4 buses an hour during the day on Sundays and two buses an hour on weekday evenings it's one of the world's better connected villages.

But why oh why would you spoil it all by not having a Sunday evening service???  The cost of funding a service would be miniscule compared to the cost of the infrastructure that's sitting unused one evening a week, and it's small things like that that  make the difference between "can live in place without car so will use bus" and "can't live in place without car so will use it all the time!"

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Re: Busway Website / Sunday evening services
« Reply #1 on: March 24, 2013, 08:50:17 AM »
You should direct your remarks to your neighbours. If people use buses the operators will provide them. When they don't the least used services are cut.

In London a well planned bus service thrives with all areas served by buses all day and all night throughout the week. Passenger numbers continue to grow.

The Oyster card offers an efficient and effective ticketing system and with sensible bus design there are no queues to get on or off.

Central London buses are starting to get bogged down in traffic again at peak periods. This will soon be sorted, as it has in the past, by increasing the congestion charge.

Cambridge needs a congestion charge which will improve the city centre environment considerably, Bus services will be better and their use will increase. A lot better and much cheaper than £120 million for bus tunnels.

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Re: Busway Website / Sunday evening services
« Reply #2 on: March 24, 2013, 10:27:31 AM »
Has this been given up on?

The maps on it are still out of date almost five months after the change!

Separately...

I'm two days into spending a week living in Oakington.

The full horror of the stupidity of spending tens of millions on infrastructure and then using it only 6 and a half days a week is really sinking in.  With up to 11 buses an hour (on and off the guideway) Oakington could be a great place to live in without a car, and with 4 buses an hour during the day on Sundays and two buses an hour on weekday evenings it's one of the world's better connected villages.

But why oh why would you spoil it all by not having a Sunday evening service???  The cost of funding a service would be miniscule compared to the cost of the infrastructure that's sitting unused one evening a week, and it's small things like that that  make the difference between "can live in place without car so will use bus" and "can't live in place without car so will use it all the time!"

A paper map is attached (from CCC) - this should be up-to-date but I will bow to any local knowledge/suggestions!
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Re: Busway Website / Sunday evening services
« Reply #3 on: March 24, 2013, 05:07:50 PM »
You should direct your remarks to your neighbours. If people use buses the operators will provide them. When they don't the least used services are cut.

But my point here is that nobody uses it because it's not being provided.

In every other aspect the service being provided on the Busway is being used; late night buses during the week are rammed. Even on Sundays you can expect to see around twenty people on the bus as it comes off the guideway into Cambridge, a high number.

Yet they won't try out the final piece of the "you don't need a car any more" jigsaw? 

And they won't even get the passenger information right when we know that incorrect or out of date information is a major factor in people being nervous about moving to public transport?

It's a shame; there's an asset that's cost over £100m and that has surprised perhaps us all with its ability to persuade people to use buses.  They're reaping increased commercial benefit from it, and yet they're showing themselves up as not serious about providing an alternative method of travel.