Urban Environment - Case Study: Cambridgeshire Guided Busway

You need to know a case study for how traffic is controlled in urban areas. Cambridgeshire's guided busway is the best one, so here's all the info you need to know about it.

What is a guided busway?

A guided busway is;

"A dedicated concrete track that can only be used by buses. Any bus can use it so long as it has two extra small drive-wheels."

Remember this term for your exam.

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What are the advantages of a guided busway?

The advantages are;

  • it requires less land, so land and environmental costs are lower
  • land between the guide beams may be left open for drainage
  • no other vehicles may use the track
  • the smooth road surface gives an improved journey
  • it is a high quality alternative to using a car
  • helps reduce congestion on other roads and motorways
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Main features of the Cambridgeshire one

The main features are;

  • it links a number of villages together
  • each stop has a shelter and cycle parking dedicated to it
  • park and ride facilities are available
  • fast service
  • goes into Cambridge every 10 mins
  • when buses reach Cambridge, the buses use normal roads again
  • there are paths either side of the guideway for pedestrians and cyclists
  • wildlife areas have increased through replanting
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I have collected my basic information from these two sources, but have collaborated it myself;

  • www.cambridge.gov.uk
  • AQA GCSE Geography B, David Payne, Phil Lamb, John Rutter, published by Nelson Thornes in 2009.
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