It is often repeated that “other places” are spending money on guided busways instead of trams. Cambridge is often cited.
A quick look at their system reveals that this is true. BUT the guided parts of the routes are all out of town. As soon as they hit the city, they become normal buses again.
Reason? You cannot physically put guided bus ways in city centres. How does other traffic cross the guided bit? How do they overtake each other? What happens when one breaks down?
Anyone who seriously suggests guided bus ways through a city centre is even possible, much less desirable, does not understand what a guided bus way actually is. They just think it sounds good.
Wonder what happened to the Cambridgeshire badgers?
They may work on selected routes with few stops and few services, but they are just not an option in the city centre (as Kenny MacAskill told us in 2000).