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Bus lane enforcement starts on A426

Published on Friday, November 11, 2016

ENFORCEMENT cameras are due to come into use next week on two parts of the A426 to tackle drivers illegally using bus lanes to cut past queuing traffic.

From Monday, November 14, the bus lane cameras will come into effect on the inbound carriageway of the A426 Lutterworth Road, at both the approach to Middleton Lane and the approach to Soar Valley Way.

They will be operating 24 hours a day, every day.

Drivers caught flouting the rules in the first two weeks will receive warning notices, but from November 28 anyway caught driving illegally in the bus lane will be fined. 

The fixed penalty notices will be £60, reduced to £30 if paid within 14 days. 

The Lutterworth Road bus lane was originally installed back in 2013 as part of the £5.9million A426 bus corridor works.

However, motorists complained about vehicles illegally using designated bus lanes to queue jump, both at the approach to Soar Valley Way and the junction with Middleton Street. 

Cars in the bus lane also risk colliding with motorists merging into the nearside lane.

Surveys carried out by Leicester City Council traffic officers showed about 10 per cent of drivers were flouting the law by using the bus lanes. 

The enforcement cameras will cost about £60,000 in total to install and maintain, but are estimated to bring in about £114,000 surplus income in their first year in enforcement fines. The extra money will be re-invested in public transport and highway improvement works. 

Bus gate enforcement is already in place in four city centre bus gates, at Charles Street (northbound and southbound) Causeway Lane and Rutland Street.

On Charles Street northbound, the number of contraventions has been drastically cut, from 6,049 in July 2012 to just 436 in April 2016. 

City Mayor Peter Soulsby said: “We announced back in September that we would be installing these cameras, and now the enforcement is ready to begin.

“Drivers will get plenty of notice that the cameras have come into use, and we’ll only be issuing warning notices for the first two weeks, which I think is fair time for people to be aware of the rules and heed them. After that anyone driving illegally in the bus lane can expect to be fined.

 “The A426 bus corridor was designed to provide a safe, fast and efficient bus route into the city, but that doesn’t work if cars use bus lanes to take shortcuts.

“Existing bus lane enforcement in the city centre has slashed the number of drivers using them, and I hope that it will have the same effect on this important route into the city.”

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