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A Lothian Buses guided bus traversing the Fastlink guided busway in Edinburgh (no longer in use, due to become part of 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 notable segregated busways. Not included are bus priority schemes or 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 as yet have any implementations or proposals for rubber tyred trams such as Translohr or Bombardier Guided Light Transit.


Past systems

  • Birmingham. Tracline 65 was an upgraded route with the first guided busway in the UK, as part of an experiment in bus improvement measures by the West Midlands PTE. There was a 600-metre section of guideway on Streetly Road in the Erdington area of the city, at the northern end of the 65 bus route. It opened in 1984 and closed in 1987[1]. A small number of MCW Metrobus Mark IIs were acquired and fitted with guide-wheels. After the trial ended these buses remained in normal service, with the last one withdrawn on 26 April 2008.
  • Edinburgh, Edinburgh Fastlink operated by Lothian Buses. Originally called WEBS, the West Edinburgh Bus Scheme, a group of bus priority improvements that include a 1.5-km section of guided busway.
    • Stenhouse - Broomhouse, opened in December 2004. From the outset, the guideway was designed to be utilised for Line 2 of the Edinburgh Tram Network[2]. In January 2009 it closed to enable conversion, with the two services using the guideway being re-routed to regular roads.

Present systems

Under construction

  • Leigh-Salford-Manchester Bus Rapid Transit, A BRT corridor running from Leigh to Manchester via Salford, The £30m 14 stop scheme makes partial use of a former railway line to form a 7km dual tracked guided busway together with pedestrian, cycle lane and Bridleway between Leigh, Tyldesley, and Ellenbrook relieving heavy congestion in and around the roads of Leigh, it will then join the East Lancs Road with the construction of an additional bus lane in stretches where none is currently present. A Park and Ride site will be constructed at the point the road reaches the M6 then the bus will continue along the road through Salford and into Manchester along a total of 15km of segregated Bus lane. The scheme will be 80% segregated from highway along its length and utilise a Trambus hybrid fleet. The route will open in Spring 2013 forming part of the wider Manchester Quality Bus Corridor (Manchester QBC) network.

Planned systems

  • Bath, Somerset, the Department of Transport has approved funding for a BRT system with 1.4 km of busway[17], confirmation of which is expected soon .[18]
  • Bristol Bristol City Council in conjunction with the West of England Partnership is proposing a guided busway route from the city centre to Ashton Vale.[19]
  • Leeds, following refusal of funding the proposed Leeds Supertram, a BRT replacement system has been proposed by the government and awaits local authority plans[23], which include a three-line 20-km trolleybus network[24]. 38% would run on guideways or on bus lanes.[25]

Abandoned proposals

  • 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 1.3 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

See also

External links


  1. ^ . City web site, Bus Priority Systems page Guided Buses In Britain section
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ Kesgrave - The First 'Serious' British Installation.
  4. ^ Bus Priority Systems web page, 2006 information update sub heading
  5. ^ Halton Council website page about development of Runcorn New Town
  6. ^ Description of the Runcorn Busway
  7. ^ Runcorn buses enthusast site detailing the busway
  8. ^ Fastrack web site, vehicles page
  9. ^ Description of the Leeds guided bus system
  10. ^ First group Bradford guided busway page
  11. ^ Tyne and Wear PTE (Nexus) Centrlink page
  12. ^ Tyne and Wear PTE (Nexus) Route 19 page
  13. ^ Swansea Council Metro Site
  14. ^ [ Cambs County Council - Other guided busways
  15. ^ Cambridgeshire County Council's guided busway site
  16. ^
  17. ^
  18. ^ Bath Package - Bath & North East Somerset Council
  19. ^
  20. ^ Sprint Website Route Alignment page
  21. ^ Glasgow Council Fastlink description
  22. ^
  23. ^ Department for Transport Leeds BRT statement
  24. ^ "West Yorkshire Metro - Projects and Plans - New Generation Transport - Trolleybuses". Retrieved 23 Jan 2009.  
  25. ^
  26. ^ East London Transit | Transport for London
  27. ^ Luton Council busway news release
  28. ^ Department for Transport, Luton Dunstable Translink Decision Letter
  29. ^ "Regional approval for Rotherham / Sheffield transport scheme". Rotherham Business News. 2008-04-07. Retrieved 2008-04-08.  
  30. ^ London Bus Routes, route 486, successor to the Dome link
  31. ^ Specification Change to Create Havoc for Millennium Transit Engineers


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