Cameras are being installed to enforce Brighton bus lane

Posted On 17 Dec 2014 at 7:46 pm

CCTV cameras are being installed to enforce the bus lane rules east of the Rottingdean traffic lights on the A259.

Brighton and Hove City Council said that the move was necessary to tackle the growing problem of cars and vans driving in the bus lane.

Enforcement will begin in the next few weeks, the council said, meaning that drivers face a £70 fine if caught.

Councillor Ian Davey

Councillor Ian Davey

Bus lanes in Brighton form part of a wide-ranging programme of measures to improve the reliability and punctuality of public transport and provide extra space for cyclists.

The council said: “This in turn encourages more people to switch from the car to other forms of transport, reducing congestion and air pollution.

“The number of people travelling by bus in the city has more than doubled in recent years.

“The A259 bus lane gives priority to buses, taxis, cyclists and motorbikes.

“In a survey carried out last year between 7am and 7pm nearly 1,500 cars and vans were found driving in the last 10 metres of the bus lane and more than 600 had moved into the lane between 30 and 50 metres out preventing buses from entering the bus stop.

“The survey was done as part of the trial of motorcycles using the bus lane but the council also received complaints about delays to buses.

“This is caused by vehicles filtering into the dedicated lane before the traffic lights rather than moving over to the left at the end of the bus lane.”

Martin Harris

Martin Harris

Councillor Ian Davey, the Green administration’s lead member for transport, said: “We need to make sure that bus lanes are free from unauthorised vehicles so that buses can provide a reliable, efficient and attractive service to the city’s residents and visitors.

“This bus lane also offers an alternative route for cyclists and motorcyclists on a popular coastal stretch.

“It’s time to do something about the increasing numbers of vehicles driving in the bus lane at Rottingdean.”

Compliance with bus lanes in Brighton is generally good, the council said, with just 12 penalty charge notices issued for being in a bus lane on an average day.

Brighton and Hove Buses managing director Martin Harris said: “People in Brighton and Hove use their buses more than any city outside the capital and keeping the bus lanes moving for all the bus users is essential for the economic and social life of the city.”

  1. Jo Reply

    Traffic is so bad getting back into Rottingdean and Saltdean that I really don’t blame people for doing this if they wish to turn left prior to the Rottingdean traffic lights.

  2. Rob Reply

    you want to look at it in a bus drivers eyes

  3. Chris Reply

    And what of disabled people? We cannot use buses, bikes or motorcycles, yet you have not included us in your buslane permissions. Why not? All disabled drivers are exempt from Road Fund and an ANPR would easily detect that. I suspect that you have no interest in easing our access into the City – hence the number of disabled spaces you have removed. However, I would imagine your friends the NCP are having a lovely time with their excessive car parking charges. Incidentally, your much hallowed bus lane is a menace – especially the weaving around drivers have to do to avoid it. Well Done Brighton & Hove.

  4. Robdebanker Reply

    I am in favour of thus being enforced, however I would like to know what the council are doing about the wider issue of congestion in the area. More and more flats/houses are being built in saltdean and peacehaven yet nothing is being done to address the already creaking road infrastructure to support the additional population. It won’t be long until queuing back to the marina is the norm.

  5. Jon Harris Reply

    It is great to see motorcycles being included in this as it encourages using a bike and is safer too. A couple things, I’m surprised the private school minibuses are allowed especially as they’re invariably empty, taxi drivers please note, the limit in the bus lanes is still 30! The biggest issue is heading west into rottingdean in the morning where, if you keep out of the last couple of hundred yards of the bus lane, ends up blocking the road for for those running down into rottingdean and turning right.

  6. Paul taylor Reply

    If that’s what greens want to do then great but it will increase congestion and hence pollution still further. The cars are not trying to beat the system or obstruct the buses but allow those heading west in to rottingdean and turning right at the lights to woodingdean through. Now both lanes will completely come to a standstill with the inevitable increase in pollution. As for getting the bus, I’d rather walk barefoot in the snow than have to suffer being on a bus.

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