Luton-Dunstable guided busway

The Luton-Dunstable guided busway officially opens today.

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Minister to officially open guided busway

The Luton-Dunstable busway will be opened by transport minister Norman Baker today Credit: ITV News Anglia

The transport minister will today officially open the Luton to Dunstable guided busway - five months after it was originally due to be completed.

Norman Baker will also mark the start of work on the Luton Town Centre Transport Scheme, which will complete the town's inner ring road.

The £90m busway was due to open in April but construction was delayed by bad weather over the winter.

Earlier this month, drivers were given training to operate a fleet of special buses which can run on the six-mile, bus-only track as well as on normal roads.

In August, BAM Nuttall, which is responsible for building the Luton-Dunstable busway, agreed to pay Cambridgeshire County Council £33m following a long-running legal dispute about the cost of its guided busway.


Testing out the Luton-Dunstable guided busway

Trial runs took place this morning on the partly completed Luton-Dunstable guided busway.

It is hoped the eight mile route will reduce journey times between Luton, Dunstable and Houghton Regis by up to 50 per cent.

The £90 million busway was due to open in April, but with construction delayed by bad weather it has now been pushed back to late summer.

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