List of guided busways and BRT systems in the United Kingdom

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A Lothian Buses guided bus traversing the former Fastlink guided busway in Edinburgh (alignment now used for Tram Line 2)

This is a list of the past, present, planned or abandoned guided bus systems or bus rapid transit schemes in the United Kingdom, including segregated busways. Not included are bus priority schemes, bus lanes or local authority bus company quality contracts that do not involve guidance, significant segregation from the public highway or other bus rapid transit features. The UK does not have any implementations or proposals for rubber tyred trams such as Translohr or Bombardier Guided Light Transit.

Past systems[edit]

Present systems[edit]

Under construction[edit]

  • Belfast: Since 2008 Belfast has been formally exploring the idea of a rapid-transit system. This quickly settled down to be a high-quality bus-based system, with modern vehicles with a tram-like feel with off-vehicle ticketing and fast journey times that hinge on the use of a dedicated traffic lane that is not used by general traffic. The ultimate ambition seems to be for routes running from the city centre to the north, east, south and west with an additional line to Titanic Quarter. The network is in the middle of being constructed and is planned to be opened by 2017/18.[19]
  • Bristol: Bristol City Council, in conjunction with the West of England Partnership, approved three MetroBus routes currently under construction which consists of Ashton Vale to Temple Meads (AVTM), the North Fringe to Hengrove Park, and the South Bristol Link (SBL) and will be operational by 2017.[20]

Planned systems[edit]

Abandoned proposals[edit]

  • Leeds, following refusal of funding the proposed Leeds Supertram, a replacement system was proposed by the government,[25] which included a three-line 12 miles (20 km) trolleybus network.[26] 38% would run on guideways or on bus lanes.[27] The scheme received a negative assessment from the inspector at a public inquiry, and approval was refused in May 2016.
  • Bath, Somerset, the Department of Transport approved funding with 1 mile (1.4 km) of busway,[28] but this has been abandoned.[29]
  • London
    • Millennium Transit, a segregated busway intended to link the Millennium Dome with Charlton and Greenwich railway stations, part of which was to include a 1 mile (1.3 km) section of electronic guidance.[30] Intended to be operational when the Dome opened, the electronic guidance technology was abandoned following concerns that neither the system nor the driver was in a position to avoid sudden obstacles.[31] The busway remains in use, unguided.
      • Route M1, Charlton - Millennium Dome
      • Route M2, Greenwich - Millennium Dome
    • Greenwich Waterfront Transit, planned for completion by 2011, abandoned in 2008 due to cancellation of Thames Gateway Bridge.
  • Stoke-on-Trent Streetcar, primarily to link the railway station to the city centre, but would have also linked the rest of the city's six towns and neighbouring Newcastle-under-Lyme and Kidsgrove. Major destinations included both universities, the hospital and both major football stadia.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ City Transport.info web site, Bus Priority Systems page Guided Buses In Britain section
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ Simon Smiler. "Kesgrave - The First 'Serious' British Installation". Garden.force9.co.uk. Retrieved 2016-09-08. 
  4. ^ Simon Smiler. "Bus Priority Systems web page, 2006 information update sub heading". Garden.force9.co.uk. Retrieved 2016-09-08. 
  5. ^ Halton Council website page about development of Runcorn New Town
  6. ^ "Description of the Runcorn Busway" (PDF). Retrieved 2016-09-08. 
  7. ^ "Runcorn buses enthusast site detailing the busway". Members.lycos.co.uk. Retrieved 2016-09-08. 
  8. ^ "Leeds, United Kingdom" (PDF). Retrieved 2016-09-08. 
  9. ^ "First group Bradford guided busway page". Firstgroup.com. Retrieved 2016-09-08. 
  10. ^ Tyne and Wear PTE (Nexus) Centrlink page Archived 31 December 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
  11. ^ Tyne and Wear PTE (Nexus) Route 19 page Archived 15 December 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
  12. ^ Cambs County Council - Other guided busways Archived 12 November 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
  13. ^ "Cambridgeshire County Council's guided busway site". Webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk. Archived from the original on 2011-02-18. Retrieved 2016-09-08. 
  14. ^ Cambridgeshire News: Growing fears that guided buses won’t run until 2011 Archived 3 July 2010 at the Wayback Machine.
  15. ^ "Cambridgeshire guided busway opening date announced". BBC News Online. 9 June 2011. Retrieved 7 June 2011. 
  16. ^ [2] Archived 12 March 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
  17. ^ http://www.tfgm.com/buspriority/Documents/12-1209-Bus-Priority-Higher-Folds.pdf
  18. ^ £29.8 million Bus Rapid Transit scheme set for launch Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council 2 September 2016
  19. ^ "Belfast Rapid Transit System". Wesleyjohnston.com. Retrieved 17 August 2014. 
  20. ^ "MetroBus | Travel in the West of England". Travelwest.info. Retrieved 17 August 2014. 
  21. ^ Sprint Website Route Alignment page
  22. ^ Glasgow Council Fastlink description
  23. ^ "BBC Ministers approve Glasgow Fastlink". Bbc.co.uk. 2011-10-05. Retrieved 2016-09-08. 
  24. ^ [3] Archived 19 February 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
  25. ^ Department for Transport Leeds BRT statement Archived 7 April 2008 at the Wayback Machine.
  26. ^ "West Yorkshire Metro - Projects and Plans - New Generation Transport - Trolleybuses". Retrieved 23 January 2009. [dead link]
  27. ^ http://www.yhassembly.gov.uk/dnlds/RTB%20Additional%20Papers%20150607.pdf
  28. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20090715110006/http://www.bathnes.gov.uk/BathNES/transportandstreets/transportpolicy/plansandstrategies/bathpackage/Newbridge+BRT.htm. Archived from the original on 15 July 2009. Retrieved 23 February 2009.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  29. ^ "Bath drops BRT route and Eastern P&R site". Transportxtra.com. Retrieved 17 August 2014. 
  30. ^ "London Bus Routes, route 486, successor to the Dome link". Londonbusroutes.net. Retrieved 2016-09-08. 
  31. ^ "Specification Change to Create Havoc for Millennium Transit Engineers". Ivsource.net. Retrieved 2016-09-08. 

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