Bus lane cameras in Hull will be switched back on this week.
The move comes in line with Hull City Council’s Cabinet decision made in December 2021 to retain 7am – 6.30pm bus lanes following a successful trial period in which buses reported nine per cent faster journey times.
As part of the new traffic regulation orders that were advertised in March, cycle lane contraflow access and one-way orders relating to Baker Street and Wright Street have also become permanent.
The measures came into existence after Hull City Council launched an ambitious active travel strategy which was accelerated in June 2020, as part of the Government’s commitment towards building on the increase in walking and cycling experienced during the lockdown period as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
The bus lanes will enforce a warning period of two weeks before issuing fines from Monday 23 May.
Andy Burton, assistant director of Streetscene at Hull City Council, said: “By implementing all-day bus lanes we are seeing steady bus punctuality improvements across the board, especially as buses approach the inner core of the city’s road network, allowing for smoother and more efficient movement of public transport.
“The dedicated bus and cycle lanes also encourage people to travel more actively, and help to directly combat air pollution, reduce congestion on the roads and improve health and wellbeing – a key part of Hull’s strategy towards becoming carbon neutral by 2030.
“This is a vital part of our plans to encourage more sustainable travel from commuters, whether this be cycling, walking or using the buses following the launch of the active travel campaign earlier this year.”
The Walk It, Bike It, Bus It campaign encourages residents to be part of the journey towards changing travel, as the city works towards developing an environment that can facilitate sustainable transport options for people from all walks of life.
The call comes as part of the city’s commitment towards encouraging people to choose active and sustainable travel to reduce their carbon footprint and enjoy a healthier lifestyle, following a survey carried out last year which found that residents would walk or cycle in order to improve their health and support climate change.
Carr Lane bus gate has remained active throughout and motorists will be fined for using this lane.
Drivers are advised to make sure they check the signs and road markings for details as to when and where these restrictions apply.
Hull City Council will begin enforcing the orders this week with warning notices, before issuing fines from Monday 23 May at which point driving in a bus lane will result in a PCN.