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Question 28 - we asked:

The Busway cycleway has recently been underwater, making it impossible for people to cycle and walk through legally. This is despite our warnings of this problem for many years. What pressure will you bring to see this fixed?

We asked this question in these 2 divisions: Cottenham, Histon and Impington, Willingham.

9 of the 14 candidates (64%) who were asked this question responded as below.

Those candidate(s) which were elected are highlighted.

Timothy John WOTHERSPOON
(Conservative Party)

This is such a shame - spoiling the ship for a ha'p'orth of tar. Each time I pass this "sunken" stretch I wonder how it might be raised. There must be a solution. Do you have any specific proposals?

Helen STOCKS
(Green Party)

we woud call on the developer to fix the problems or pay for the repairs.

Huw JONES
(Labour Party)

I would not prioritise this issue ahead of Safer Routes to Schools

Ben MONKS
(Labour Party)

In many ways, the Busway was a great idea that hasn't delivered the best results for the public regardless of mode of travel. Flooding of the route shows that the results of a poorly managed and poorly delivered project. Given flawed planning which led to this problem, I would advocate referral back to developers.

Sue GYMER
(Liberal Democrat)

I think it just shows the political thinking of the ruling Tory group is not centred on cycling - remember it is only a maintenance track, the rest of us consider it to be some of the finest cycling in the country.
Solutions have been proposed and the money should be used, they are sitting on 1 million for CGB maintenance, why not use it?

John David JENKINS
(Liberal Democrat)

There are lots of issues remaining with the busway (concrete blocks still in place, incomplete environmental mitigation etc) and we continue to lobby for them to be sorted. The underwater problem is just one of a long list which I/we continue to remind the Council about.

Barry John PLATT
(Liberal Democrat)

Mismanagement of the Guided Busway project has resulted in a number of problems like this, which were anticipated during construction, but which were not adequately resolved. I would prefer to see a contractual remedy to this, but at this stage this seems unlikely and I expect we will have to wait until the outcome of the legal case before we can determine the best way forward.

Martin John HALE
(UK Independence Party)

With impending legal action and without total knowledge of the exact problem and who's liability, then at this stage I'm unable to comment

Joe WEBSTER
(UK Independence Party)

We knew that this was going to happen, didn't we? I think pressure needs to be brought upon the contractors to sort it out properly.

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