Guided Bus Stops on A1123  updated on 20 September 2018

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The planned start date is Friday 7 Jan 2019, this is deliberately avoiding the busy Xmas period.

The Guided Bus service will be stopping at our village soon.  The order for the contract works has been placed and Cambridgeshire County Council’s contractor is expected to start the installation for the bus stops on the A1123 in Houghton in about 12 weeks.  The build should take about four weeks.  Consequently, our community will have this vital service before the existing bus services through the village are withdrawn in March 2019.

It has been a four-year struggle to meet the design requirements of the statutory authorities, the bus operator, Stagecoach, and to arrive at an affordable scheme for the Parish Council as the principal funder.  The total project budget is now £105,000, requiring a £55,000 contribution from the Parish Council.  Forward financial planning, including success with grant applications has enabled this level of contribution to be available to invest in this essential public services project.

ALL ABOARD!


Design 

The revised design now allows for buses in each direction to stop on the A1123 carriageway, a pedestrian road crossing, street lights and bus shelters (with Real Time Traffic Information) and has now been completed on behalf of the Highways Dept. (Cambs CC) by their approved highways contractor   - SKANSKA.

Costings

Project costings for the simplified design have been agreed with a cost of £105,000 including a contingency of £10,000.

Extra costs may be incurred on improving footpaths to provide safe access to the new bus stops.

Finance

Funding will come from a number of sources as follows:

Cambridge County Council contribution -  £50,000

Parish Council:   
                            -         the PC has obtained approval  from the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG) to get a loan of up to £40,000
                                       and will apply for the loan from the Public Works Loan Board when required.
                                       
                            -         up to £30,000 from the PC's financial reserves, including £7000 from the one off increase on precept for 2018/19, leaving remaining reserves in                                                  compliance with the PC's reserve policy. 

                             -         a grant application for £10,000 from the A14 Communities Fund has been successful
                
                            -          an application has been submitted to HDC for a contribution from the CIL (Community Infrastructure Levy).

Timescale

The  commencement of construction should be in January 2019  with completion by the  end of February.
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