Driver stuck on the guided busway demands council pay car repair bill

The first time Rob Holman had ever heard of a guided busway was after he had got stuck on it and blown three tyres. The driver, who got stuck in Kings Hedges Drive last week (January 2) has now asked the council to cover his repair costs, blaming the poor signposting and lack of street lights as the reason why he ended up on the busway. Mr Holman said: “I am not from Cambridge , and have never been to the place concerned (Kings Hedges Drive) before.

I have never heard of Guided Buses , and I still don’t know what they are or how they operate. “I have never heard of car traps before today, and was unaware anything so dangerous would be placed on any road, public or otherwise. “Last night I was collecting my daughter from Travis Perkins, which is opposite the turning I was coming from, and I turned left into what appeared to be a side street, as my impression was that the main road immediately ahead was a wide freeway that I considered may not provide access to Travis Perkins or the business park that lies behind it.

Mr Holman said the signs were too small and due to there being no lighting they couldn’t be read

“There were two lanes immediately to my left, with a small illuminated no entry sign (smaller than regulation road signs) in the middle between the two lanes, which was confusing, as the lane on the right had very distant oncoming lights coming towards me, so I naturally took the left hand lane, in accordance with standard Highway Code guidelines.

“I drove down it and then heard a mighty bang, than another bang. The track to the left is completely overgrown with long grass, so I was unable to see any ‘car traps’ along the route. “The lighting is not good along the guided bus lane, and the signage is totally inadequate, especially for someone unfamiliar with the area or the concept of guided bus lanes or car traps.”

Mr Holman after becoming stranded on the busway had to wait three hours with his teenage daughter for a repair truck to come rescue them. Despite becoming stuck at around 5pm, they didn’t manage to get home until after midnight.

Driver stuck on the guided busway demands council pay car repair billShire Hall, the current County Council headquarters in Castle Street

The incident has left Mr Holman with a significant repair bill, and he believes the council is responsible for the costs, saying: “I expect my car to be fully repaired at the expense of Cambridge Borough Council. I also expect to be compensated for the considerable stress and inconvenience the above incident has caused my daughter and I [sic] during and since the aforementioned incident.”

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A spokeswoman for Cambridgeshire County Council said: “Thousands of motorists pass over the Guided Busway junctions every day without issues and signs are in place to warn drivers not to turn onto the tracks.

“The vast majority of drivers don’t get caught on the Busway, but the few who do, our priority is to remove them as quickly as possible. “We have multiple signs on the approach to the Busway, including the ‘No Entry’ signs which have a plate under them saying ‘Except Guided Buses’ which had to be specially approved by the Department of Transport who carefully checked the locations to make sure they complied with standards.” Do you think more needs to be done to prevent cars entering the busway or do drivers need to be more careful?

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