Bus lane enforcement cameras for London Road and Abbey Street
Published on Tuesday, September 3, 2019
BUS lane enforcement cameras are to be brought in at two more sites in Leicester to deter drivers who flout the law by driving in areas designated for public transport and Hackney cabs.
Cameras will be installed at the newly-created bus lane outside Leicester Station, and also at the junction of Abbey Street and Belgrave Gate to deter motorists from turning right there.
The right turn from Abbey Street into Belgrave Gate has been restricted to buses, Hackney cabs and cycles since 1995 when the bus lane was installed, and in 2015 a further bus gate was added as part of road remodelling work linked to the development of the Haymarket Bus Station.
However a survey in June 2019 revealed 3,345 vehicles illegally turning right there in just one week.
The route is accessed by over 3,300 buses every week, which rely on the free flow of traffic along bus lanes.
In London Road, a new camera will be installed covering the new section of bus lane being created right outside the station, to deter drivers trying to use it to avoid queueing at traffic lights on the main A6 which runs immediately adjacent.
An existing camera will continue covering the clearway section outside the Parcel Yard pub.
At both locations, the cameras will operate around the clock, seven days a week. They will be clearly signposted to deter motorists from using them.
Drivers who persist in driving in the bus gates will be fined £60, reduced to £30 if paid within 14 days. The cameras are expected to be in place and operational in October 2019.
The move is designed to help cut bus journey times, reduce the amount of stopping and starting done by buses, thereby improving fuel efficiency and cutting carbon emissions and pollution.
In addition the bus gate enforcement will also improve safety for cyclists, who along with Hackney cabs are also allowed to use the bus lanes, by removing additional traffic.
The cost of the cameras, installation and associated equipment will be covered by income from other existing bus lane enforcement sites. The scheme will cost about £50,000 overall, which includes two years of maintenance and technical support for the two sites.
City Mayor Peter Soulsby said: “The whole idea of bus lanes as express routes for public transport falls down if they become blocked with other vehicles illegally using them a shortcuts.
“At Abbey Street we know there are large numbers of vehicles flouting the law and using that bus gate, so enforcement is a clear way of deterring them from doing so.
“The bus lane enforcement at London Road continues the work we started in 2017, when camera enforcement was brought in to provide a safe clearway for buses, Hackney carriages and bikes.
“With that section of road now remodelled, we want to deter drivers from seeing that bus gate as a quick way to jump the queue on London Road at times of heavy traffic.
“As people take note of the enforcement, we fully expect the income from the cameras to decline, but the costs for schemes like this are self-financing from the income from this and other camera sites.”