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Bus stops in Houghton on the A1123

posted Feb 14, 2017, 4:47 AM by Lois Dale

Bus Stops on A1123, Houghton and Wyton

As has been reported previously that the Parish of Houghton and Wyton is the only major settlement along its route which is not serviced by the Guided Bus.  This isolation became more acute in November 2016 when Whippet bus services through the village were severely reduced.  After three years the Parish Council has succeeded in overcoming many of the obstacles in the way of establishing stops for buses travelling East and West on the A1123 within easy reach of the village.  The Chair of the Parish Council, Mrs Lesley Craig, is pleased to announce that the Parish Council has commissioned Skanska, to be funded by the Parish Council, to produce a design and specification for the Bus Stops which will include Bus stop laybys, a controlled crossing point, real-time bus service information and connectivity to existing footpaths and bridleways and Houghton Cemetery.  This design work, which is due for completion in May, will ensure compliance with the standards required by Stagecoach and the Road Safety Team of Cambridgeshire County Council and will result in a definitive contract price for civil engineering works to complete the project.  What has given this project real traction is the undertaking from CCC to make a material contribution of about £50,000 towards the Capital costs, which are estimated to be about £100,000.  Mrs Craig stated that the Parish Council would be working in collaboration with CCC and others to look at ways of funding the balance necessary to enable the contract works to go ahead as soon as possible.  The Parish Council acknowledges the effort of County Councillor Ian Bates in supporting this project.  Mr Gordon Pryor, a resident of Wyton, who has campaigned for this service said that this news would be welcomed by all sections of the local community.