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Here’s why you should never be in new Broughton bus lane

Posted on - 15th October, 2017 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Broughton, Preston News, Roads, Transport
Cars seen using the new bus lane at Broughton Pic: Les Green
Cars seen using the new bus lane at Broughton Pic: Les Green

A new bus lane at the approach to the Broughton roundabout is proving to be too much temptation for many drivers.

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Lancashire County Council put the lane in, if you’re heading southbound on the A6, since James Towers Way was completed.

But pictures show it’s not just buses who are using the lane, cars are regularly queueing in the bus-only lane.

The county council says cars using the lane are not going to see quicker journey times and could also be blocking ambulances.

Read more: Broughton to see new speed limit introduced

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A spokesman for the county council said: “The purpose of the dedicated bus lane is to improve journeys for bus users, and minimise journey times for ambulances, by ensuring these vehicles travelling south on the A6 receive priority through the roundabout without having to go up to the new roundabout at D’Urton Lane and double back to continue their journey towards Preston.

“The signal system uses detection equipment to allow it to tell the difference between cars, buses and ambulances. The system quickly activates a green light for buses or ambulances allowing them to go through the junction with minimal delay, which is particularly important due to the location of the ambulance HQ just north of the junction.

“To discourage people from misusing the bus lane, any other vehicle would have to wait for a lot longer before the signal turns to green, and therefore gain no advantage.

“The system needs some further work before it will operate as planned and we’re currently working with the supplier to carry this out. In the meantime we’ll make some manual adjustments to create a delay on the bus lane to deter drivers from using it.”

Read more: Garstang Road to be shut through Broughton

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