No doubt Charlie Hamilton, the MD of Whippet Coaches will be demanding repayment of media interview training fees (if any) his guided busway firm may have paid out on his behalf. It obviously didn't work.
You can still catch the 'buscrash' interview on the BBC Radio Cambridgeshire IPlayer as Breakfast show presenter Dotty Mcloud, repeatedly, clinically and calmly stripped the hapless Charlie bare as she went through a veritable catalogue of disasters. He had nothing left in the locker.
A listener to BBC Radio Cambridgeshire purchased a speed gun and clocked several guided bus drivers breaking the strict 15 mph limit with clocked of over 24 mph.....
You could virtually hear the well prepared drilled in answers being lined up, but Dottie was having none of it, and drove the interview. Charlie claimed the speed gun wasn't calibrated, but it was, countered Dottie.
The bus company in a tweet blamed cyclists, no that was untrue. So Mr Hamilton offered an apology, but rejected any idea that 'totalling' a speeding 'misguided' bus is a matter for a police investigation.
The casual listener might have been unaware that the entire length of the guided section of the 'misguided' busway isn't regarded as being part of the public highway and the impression gained is that police have to be physically invited to investigate by the bus company rather than automatically starting an investigation into the recent bus crash and hauling the driver concerned over the coals as it were.
In any case rather than keep the driver on the payroll but suspended ( so a disciplinary can be progressed) they sacked the driver.
So it would seem that if you use the guided busway you really do so at your own risk, as it's not policed and regulated like a normal public highway, but more at the behest of the guided bus companies who operate the buses.....and they can always put the blame on cyclists...
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