There are calls to reduce the speed limit on a fatal stretch of the Guided Busway following the death of cyclist earlier this month.
Mr Moir, a senior project manager at Cambridge Assessment, was pronounced dead at the scene south of the Assessment junction.
Call for action
Now recently-elected Trumpington councillor Katie Thornburrow is calling on Cambridgeshire County Council to reduce the speed limit the stretch of road between Cambridge Station to Long Road bridge, from 60 to 20mph.
City councillors expressed fears about safety on the same stretch of the guided busway at the beginning of June, a week before a bus hit a tourist there.
A 39-year-old pedestrian received hospital treatment on June 11, after he was involved in a collision with a bus on the footpath close to Long Road.
Services were diverted and paramedics were called to the scene, after the man was clipped by the wing mirror of a passing bus at around 8.40am.
Following the near-miss incident Cllr Thornburrow said she would be meeting with bus operator Stagecoach and representatives on the county council that month to discuss safety improvement work.
Calls for a 20 mph zone
She said her calls for a reduced speed limit from the station to Long Road Bridge were refused due to the impact it would have on the frequency of bus services.
She said: “As soon as I was elected I raised the issue of safety at the South Area Committee, less than a week later a visitor to Cambridge was heading into town and clipped by a bus going 50mph.
“After that I went to speak to the director of Stagecoach Andy Campbell and had a good conversation. He said they ensure their buses drove below the regulated speed and are restricted to 53mph.
“I then met with some members of the [county council] highways safety team and cycling team.
“I asked if the county council could reduce the speed to 20pmh if not 30 and I was told it was not possible and it would compromise the bus timetable.
“I suggested that we had a white line painted with some hatching next to the raised curb and it was agreed would be put in place when they had time and money.
“There were also agreed warning signs to say ‘high speed vehicles on this track’. and to improve the visibility looking up and down the guided bus way as you come out and senors on either side would be lowered.
“It was also agreed that on the track there would be signs painted to say ‘slow down’ and i believe that is in progress. “
Although the junction of Cambridge Assessment has been reduced to a 15mph zone, following campaign work by Trumpington Lib Dem city councillor Zoe O’Connell, Cllr Thornburrow would also like to see a longer stretch of the road reduced to 20mph.
It comes as the Health and Safety Executive announced on September 17 it is investigating the fatal collision involving Mr Moir, which occurred on Long Road.
She said: “It is really tragic and I feel great sympathy for his family and colleagues to go through this.
“I don’t want to prejudge the [HSE] investigation, but I feel like the very quickest way to make this transport system safe is to reduce the speed to 20mph.
“If the buses were slowed down to that speed, if someone is on the tracks for any reason there is a chance they will survive.
“It’s not just Cambridge Assessment, there are several buildings along that way where they have almost a back entrance on to the Guided Busway.
“For people wanting to get from the station to the guided busway it is the quickest way to go down the track to the various buildings.
“So it is not just Cambridge Assessment where you have quite a few people going in – there is the University Press, and stairs going up to the housing estate, and students going to Long Road College; so at all these points you have a lot of pedestrians going that track.”
Safety work on the busway is ongoing
Following an agreement to install warning signs, lower fencing, and extra road markings, not all this work was carried out before Mr Moir’s death two months later. No specific time frame was ever given for the work to be completed.
A Cambridgeshire County Council spokeswoman said: “In June, officers met with city councillor Cllr Thornburrow and Cambridgeshire County Councillor, Cllr Kavanagh, to discuss safety concerns.
“We carried out a thorough review of the area and agreed to reduce the height of fencing outside Cambridge Assessment to improve visibility for pedestrians and cyclists. This work was completed at the end of July.
“It was further agreed to put in white lines along the busway from Cambridge Station to Trumpington Park & Ride to highlight awareness of the busway track.
“These will be installed in October along with safety warnings on the ground to remind cyclists to slow down and be aware of buses approaching.”
‘Conflict with cyclists and pedestrians’
Meanwhile Trumpingdon Lib Dem city councillor Zoe O’Connell has been running a longstanding campaign to improve safety on the busway.
She said: “The issue with the Cambridge Assessment junction is conflict with cyclist and pedestrians.
You can get pedestrians stepping out or cyclists and potentially colliding.
I have been to site and keeping an eye on it, there is a speed board up there as a result of an extensive campaign I ran there.
” From what I know what happened with the fatality was not on the 15 mph speed limit section, I did a lot of work there to get the buses to slow down.”
Cambridgeshire Guided Busway
Meanwhile fellow Trumpington councillor Donald Adey has faced sustained criticism after it emerged he had moved to Scotland, and intended to communicate with local residents via Skype.
The now-independent Cllr Adey can continue to receive around £4,500 in allowances from the city council, on top of more than £10,000 for his role as a county councillor.
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