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List of guided busways and BRT systems in the United Kingdom

This is a list of the past, present, planned or abandoned guided bus systems or bus rapid transit schemes in the United Kingdom, including segregated busways. Not included are bus priority schemes, 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 have any implementations or proposals for rubber tyred trams such as Translohr or Bombardier Guided Light Transit.


Present systemsEdit

Past systemsEdit

A Lothian Buses guided bus traversing the former Fastlink guided busway in Edinburgh (alignment now used by Edinburgh Trams)

Future systemsEdit

Under constructionEdit

  • Belfast: Since 2008 Belfast has been formally exploring the idea of a rapid-transit system. This quickly settled down to be a high-quality bus-based system, with modern vehicles with a tram-like feel with off-vehicle ticketing and fast journey times that hinge on the use of a dedicated traffic lane that is not used by general traffic. The ultimate ambition seems to be for routes running from the city centre to the north, east, south and west with an additional line to Titanic Quarter. The network is in the middle of being constructed and is planned to be opened by 2017/18.[19]
  • Bristol: Bristol City Council, in conjunction with the West of England Partnership, approved three MetroBus routes currently under construction which consists of Ashton Vale to Bristol Temple Meads station (AVTM) and two routes from the North Fringe towards Bristol City Centre and Hengrove Park respectively; and will be operational in May 2018.[20] Only the Ashton Vale to Temple Meads route runs along a guided busway track; on the other two routes the BRT services share buslanes with stopping buses - except for a newbuild junction onto the M32 motorway, which is reserved for Metrobus services only.

Planned or proposedEdit

Abandoned proposalsEdit

  • Leeds, following refusal of funding the proposed Leeds Supertram, a replacement system was proposed by the government,[27] which included a three-line 12 miles (20 km) trolleybus network.[28] 38% would run on guideways or on bus lanes.[29] The scheme received a negative assessment from the inspector at a public inquiry, and approval was refused in May 2016.
  • Bath, Somerset, the Department of Transport approved funding with 1 mile (1.4 km) of busway,[30] but this has been abandoned.[31]
  • 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 mile (1.3 km) section of electronic guidance.[32] 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.[33] The busway remains in use, unguided.
      • Route M1, Charlton - Millennium Dome
      • Route M2, Greenwich - Millennium Dome
    • Greenwich Waterfront Transit, planned for completion by 2011, abandoned in 2008 due to cancellation of Thames Gateway Bridge.
  • Stoke-on-Trent Streetcar, primarily to link the railway station to the city centre, but would have also linked the rest of the city's six towns and neighbouring Newcastle-under-Lyme and Kidsgrove. Major destinations included both universities, the hospital and both major football stadia.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Simon Smiler. "Kesgrave - The First 'Serious' British Installation". Retrieved 8 September 2016.
  2. ^ Simon Smiler. "Bus Priority Systems web page, 2006 information update sub heading". Retrieved 8 September 2016.
  3. ^ Halton Council website page about development of Runcorn New Town Archived 16 February 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "Description of the Runcorn Busway" (PDF). Retrieved 8 September 2016.
  5. ^ "Runcorn buses enthusiast site detailing the busway" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 13 September 2016. Retrieved 8 September 2016.
  6. ^ "Leeds, United Kingdom" (PDF). Retrieved 8 September 2016.
  7. ^ "First group Bradford guided busway page". Retrieved 8 September 2016.
  8. ^ Tyne and Wear PTE (Nexus) Centrlink page Archived 31 December 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ Tyne and Wear PTE (Nexus) Route 19 page Archived 15 December 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ Cambs County Council - Other guided busways Archived 12 November 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ "Cambridgeshire County Council's guided busway site". Archived from the original on 18 February 2011. Retrieved 8 September 2016.
  12. ^ Cambridgeshire News: Growing fears that guided buses won’t run until 2011 Archived 3 July 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  13. ^ "Cambridgeshire guided busway opening date announced". BBC News Online. 9 June 2011. Retrieved 7 June 2011.
  14. ^ [1] Archived 12 March 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  15. ^
  16. ^ £29.8 million Bus Rapid Transit scheme set for launch Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council 2 September 2016
  17. ^ City web site, Bus Priority Systems page Guided Buses In Britain section
  18. ^ [2][permanent dead link]
  19. ^ "Belfast Rapid Transit System". Retrieved 17 August 2014.
  20. ^ "MetroBus | Travel in the West of England". Retrieved 17 August 2014.
  21. ^ [3]
  22. ^ Sprint Website Route Alignment page Archived 7 April 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  23. ^ Glasgow Council Fastlink description
  24. ^ "BBC Ministers approve Glasgow Fastlink". 5 October 2011. Retrieved 8 September 2016.
  25. ^ [4] Archived 19 February 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  26. ^ Ikonen, Charlotte. "Direct rail link between Watford and St Albans could be ripped up and converted into busway". Watford Observer. Archived from the original on 13 July 2015. Retrieved 12 July 2015.
  27. ^ Department for Transport Leeds BRT statement Archived 7 April 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  28. ^ "West Yorkshire Metro - Projects and Plans - New Generation Transport - Trolleybuses". Archived from the original on 7 December 2008. Retrieved 23 January 2009.
  29. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 19 July 2011. Retrieved 23 February 2009.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  30. ^ Archived from the original on 15 July 2009. Retrieved 23 February 2009. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  31. ^ "Bath drops BRT route and Eastern P&R site". Retrieved 17 August 2014.
  32. ^ "London Bus Routes, route 486, successor to the Dome link". Retrieved 8 September 2016.
  33. ^ "Specification Change to Create Havoc for Millennium Transit Engineers". Retrieved 8 September 2016.

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