Cambridgeshire Guided Busway (pics)

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Re: Cambridgeshire Guided Busway (pics)

Post by True Yorkie » Thu Oct 22, 2009 02:16

Mark Hewitt wrote:I just remembered the TEOR system which they have in the centre of Rouen. Basically it's just a normal road, but painted down the middle are a set of lines, which the bus uses to steer with.

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The advantage here is that it operates in the way you would expect from a guided busway, but it can also be used by normal vehicles to reach breakdowns etc.
Yes, I've seen about this before... aren't those double-bendy buses?
I think from what I remember (though I may be getting mixed up with another system here) is that the second trailer unit has steering rear axles that are electronically controlled in the same way as the front axles are from the overhead unit that 'reads' the guide lines.
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Re: Cambridgeshire Guided Busway (pics)

Post by Mark Hewitt » Thu Oct 22, 2009 08:51

True Yorkie wrote: The advantage here is that it operates in the way you would expect from a guided busway, but it can also be used by normal vehicles to reach breakdowns etc.
Yes, I've seen about this before... aren't those double-bendy buses?[/quote]

They are pretty long, yes, although I didn't examine them closely or use them. Although I did inadvertently nearly drive into the 'busway' after TomTom decided this was the best way to go..

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Re: Cambridgeshire Guided Busway (pics)

Post by Chris5156 » Wed Oct 28, 2009 11:49

Chris5156 wrote:
MJN wrote:Arriva seem to have pulled their services from the guideway, the new buses on the 163/6 don't have guidewheels (unless they have changed their minds after all?)
Ooh, that's news to me - new buses? The other ones were 'new' when the guideway came in, so they can't be more than six or seven years old yet. Nothing wrong with them!
Turns out this is exactly right: on the 163 and 166 routes at least, Arriva has ditched the double deckers and replaced them with new single deckers which do not have guide wheels for the bus lanes. These lines run Leeds-Garforth-Castleford.

From the perspective of Arriva services it brings these routes into line with the (IIRC) 403 Leeds-Garforth-Selby line, which runs outside the Metro area and never had guide wheels. It means all of Arriva's routes east of Leeds now run on normal roads and avoid the guideways. They will definitely make faster off-peak journeys now (top speed 40mph on a dual carriageway instead of 20mph bouncing along a guideway) and will lose no time at peak hours.

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Re: Cambridgeshire Guided Busway (pics)

Post by B4133 » Wed Oct 28, 2009 17:22

Some of the 402/403 arriva buses have guidewheel brackets but not the wheel itself fitted. The only problem with G/Bws is that the rubber wheel will come off, as theres many which are happily littering the Bradfordian version.

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Re: Cambridgeshire Guided Busway (pics)

Post by Jeni » Wed Oct 28, 2009 18:10

G/Bws?

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Re: Cambridgeshire Guided Busway (pics)

Post by Halstead » Wed Oct 28, 2009 18:47

(crosses fingers) I think he means guidewheel brackets.
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Re: Cambridgeshire Guided Busway (pics)

Post by B4133 » Wed Oct 28, 2009 18:55

Halstead wrote:(crosses fingers) I think he means guidewheel brackets.
Aye thats what i mean.

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Re: Cambridgeshire Guided Busway (pics)

Post by Pendlemac » Fri Dec 11, 2009 08:25

Thought this would fit better here than in 'Botched Roadsigns'

Another signing hiccup has occurred.

See here :-

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/camb ... 405434.stm

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Re: Cambridgeshire Guided Busway (pics)

Post by Truvelo » Fri Dec 11, 2009 15:10

Perhaps the contractor was Russian :laugh:
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Re: Cambridgeshire Guided Busway (pics)

Post by True Yorkie » Fri Dec 11, 2009 23:27

Either that or he founded Toys R Us!

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Re: Cambridgeshire Guided Busway (pics)

Post by Halstead » Sat Dec 12, 2009 00:21

I read about it in the newspaper as well. If the contractor were Russian it would sounded like "Buses Oily." :lol: (hides from the language pedants)
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Re: Cambridgeshire Guided Busway (pics)

Post by vlad » Sat Dec 12, 2009 13:37

Halstead wrote:I read about it in the newspaper as well. If the contractor were Russian it would sounded like "Buses Oily." :lol: (hides from the language pedants)
I thought that buses were already oily - and didn't need road markings to tell them that. :)
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