The Cambridge 'mis'guided busway has by all accounts been a financial disaster not only for the Cambridgeshire County Council but also the construction firm and designers involved. There is currently a court action to recover some of the cost involved so we won't touch that particular battle, BUT there is a possible remedy which we can borrow from the aerospace industry, and to effectively reskim the entire guided busway, which is two 'L' shaped concrete forms with a spacer in between, providing the wheel road surface and an upright side (like a triple height kerb) against which the side guide wheels (attached to the bus) 'guide' it along the busway.
But what can be done? The problem with any traditional repair is simply sections of the track have to be closed for months on end, and the result cannot be guaranteed.
The suggestion is that by taking a leaf out of the aerospace industry and consulting with a division of Airbus, introducing carbon fibre elements, cast into a long flexible roll of preformed sections, effectively a skin for the existing channels, the material is so flexible that a long section can be rolled up loaded on a track layer and then rolled out along the busway guide sections all secured by a fast setting epoxy mastic, the new profile section only adds an inch to the existing surface and sidewall.
The guided busway need not be closed down as the replacement sections would be rolled out during successive overnight operations and completed sections then immediately ready for the morning rush hour. Any one interested, contact us for the details...we could be saving millions here...
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