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Station bus stop clearway enforcement signs installed

Published on Thursday, August 31, 2017

TRAFFIC signs warning drivers of new enforcement cameras to tackle illegal parking or stopping outside Leicester Station are being installed today (Thursday, August 31).

Leicester City Council is installing enforcement cameras to ensure that the mandatory bus stop clearway on a stretch of London Road near the station is kept clear of stationary cars.

The clearly-marked bus stop clearway outside Leicester Station is currently patrolled by civil enforcement officers, but will now be covered by 24-hour camera enforcement. 

Fixed-position automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) cameras will be used to enforce the bus stop clearway, which runs along a 110-metre stretch of London Road from the corner of Station Street to the corner of Conduit Street.

The large warning signs are being put in place nearby on London Road, the junction with East Street and the junction with Station Street. 

Only buses and Hackney cabs can stop in the bus stop clearway. The camera enforcement scheme is costing about £45,000 to implement, and is due to come into effect next week.

Camera enforcement of the stopping and parking restrictions outside the station follows a fatal accident in July 2016. Cyclist Sam Boulton was knocked into the path of a moving van when a passenger of a private hire vehicle that had stopped briefly on double yellow lines opened her door. 

Use of civil enforcement officers will also continue alongside camera enforcement. 

Leicester City Mayor Peter Soulsby said: “Parking illegally in this area is at the very least dangerous and obstructive to other traffic, and in the case of Sam Boulton, had very tragic consequences.

“By using enforcement cameras which work around the clock, we can ensure that people who stop illegally in this bus stop clearway, however briefly, will receive a fixed penalty notice. 

“Figures from earlier this year showed that 3,000 vehicles were seen stopping or parking in the bus stop clearway in just four months – many of which drove off before Civil Enforcement Officers had time to issue a ticket.

“Round-the-clock cameras enforcement will greatly increase our ability to improve safety, though clearly it only takes one person to ignore the presence of these cameras to potentially cause another serious accident involving injury or death.”

Nottingham City Council currently carries out the back office functions for bus lane enforcement, such as processing penalty charge notices, on behalf of Leicester City Council.

This agreement will continue and has been varied to incorporate the additional enforcement work.   

Under the Traffic Management Act 2004, drivers caught on CCTV camera in designated clearways will face fines of £70, reduced to £35 if paid within 21 days.

As part of a future £2.75m proposed scheme to create bus lanes on London Road, the bus stops outside the station could eventually be moved and replaced with a protected ‘drop-off zone’ for station traffic. 

If that scheme goes ahead, the new cameras would be relocated to carry out traffic enforcement work outside schools in the city.