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Bus Services

Volume 504: debated on Friday 29 January 2010

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport (1) which guided busways are in service in each local authority area; on what date each commenced operations; and what the length of each is; (312525)

(2) what guided busways have been approved for construction; when each is projected to open; and what the projected length of each is;

(3) what assessments his Department has made of the safety of operation of guided busways; and who has carried out the assessments undertaken for his Department.

There are currently five guided bus systems in operation in England. Details on when these started operations and the length are in the following table:

Name of scheme

Local authority

Date scheme opened

Length of guided bus section

Leeds “Superbus”

Leeds city council

1995

1.5 km of segregated bus guideway

Ipswich

Suffolk county council

1995

200 metre section

Leeds “Elite”

Leeds city council

2001

2 km of segregated bus guideway

Bradford “A641 Manchester Road Quality Bus Initiative”

Bradford metropolitan district council

2002

2.3 km of guided busway.

Crawley “Fastway”

West Sussex county council

2003

2.2 km of guided busway

The Cambridgeshire Guided Busway, which includes 25 kilometres of guided busway, was given funding approval by the Department in 2006 and construction is now under way with the scheme expected to be completed and open for operation in 2010.

No assessments to date have been undertaken by the Department with regards to the safety of operation of guided busways. Guided busways are exempt from the requirements of the Railways and Other Guided Transport Systems (Safety Regulations) 2006 and it is, therefore, the responsibility of the promoter of the scheme to satisfy itself that safety systems are appropriate both prior to the system commencing and once in operation.