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Preston’s newest bus lane camera is being introduced

Posted on - 22nd May, 2018 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Broughton, Politics, 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 during the winter Pic: Les Green

A new Bus Lane is being introduced in Preston.

Broughton’s bus lane has been off limits since its introduction last year after ‘mis-use by motorists’.

Lancashire County Council has now installed a bus lane camera and is reopening the route which links Garstang Road to James Towers Way (Broughton Bypass), close to the M55 roundabout.

The bus lane camera follows the reintroduction of the Fishergate bus lane cameras in the city centre.

Cabinet member for highways and transport county councillor Keith Iddon said: “We want to discourage people from using this bus lane when they shouldn’t. This lane is designed to help buses by providing them with access onto the roundabout.

“James Towers Way has reduced congestion in the centre of the village. When it opened some people instead chose to rat-run along Garstang Road, using the bus lane as a short cut.

“We don’t want anyone to get caught out by these cameras, which is why we’ve introduced a short grace period. We’re happy if we don’t make a penny from them, as it means that people are doing the right thing.”

Read more: Here’s why you should never be in the new Broughton bus lane

The bus lane camera has been live from Monday (21 May) and at the moment warning notices are being issued to any drivers caught using the bus lane.

No date has been set for when penalty charge notices will be introduced in the bus lane, which only operates southbound in Garstang Road.

The penalty charge will be £60, the same as Fishergate, and reduced to £30 if paid within 14 days.

Read more: Broughton crossroads and village roadworks put back until summer

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