The Busway is both flexible and quick, making it the best way to travel. Of the 6.1 miles of segregated bus-only road, a concrete track has been built along a 4.8-mile section to take the two small guide wheels fitted at the front of standard buses, so vehicles can be guided along smoothly and hands-free at speeds of up to 50mph. It also opens up a wealth of opportunities for speedy and hassle free journeys to work, university, college or school, shopping, the theatre or just catching up with friends.
The Luton Dunstable Busway will be the second longest Busway in the world and the longest in an urban environment.
A premier service that doesn’t cost the earth
Arriva, Centrebus and Grant Palmer operate services on the Busway, and all charge the same on their Busway services as they do for the equivalent journey using current road routes.
As with usual bus journeys, you can pay the driver when boarding. As well as single and day return trip tickets being available, a range of day and weekly tickets offer even better value for money.
Offering additional convenience, a separate multi-operator ticket known as ‘Hip-hop’ is also available. Operators also offer discounts for students with an NUS card and children under 14 with photocards.
Easy-to-use bus stops
All bus stops along the guideway and many others across Luton, Dunstable and Houghton Regis have new high quality, well-lit shelters and level boarding so people can get on and off the bus without needing to step up or down. (This makes journeys easier for wheelchair users and people with pushchairs.)
To help passengers with disabilities or visual impairment, where space allows there are wide footways around the new bus shelters, and special paving currently used at pedestrian crossings marks the edge of the track at stops on the guideway.
Real-time passenger information
Real-time passenger information displays provided at Busway stops and elsewhere across the conurbation show when the next buses are due to arrive.
This system uses GPS tracking and can pick up on any congestion or incidents on the roads to provide more accurate predictions of bus arrivals. It is also ‘REACT 3’-enabled so that visually impaired customers can be alerted when they are near a bus stop and can have this information read to them. REACT 3 key fobs are available from both Luton and Central Bedfordshire councils