05 August 2019

Northamptonshire County Council will crack down on vehicles illegally using bus lanes – improving journey times for bus users.

The proposal centres on reliable journey times for bus travel encouraging people to start using this more sustainable mode of transport, reducing car volumes and congestion.

The council’s Cabinet will be presented with a report for approval at a meeting next week which will outline plans to use CCTV and number plate recognition technology.

The measures will be introduced at two sites in Northamptonshire:

  • Drapery, Northampton town centre
  • The bus gate linking Church Street to Cambridge Street in Wellingborough town centre

The need for such measures has already been scoped-out, with three trial sites in the county having had cameras installed in 2017 to check the level of contraventions:

  • Bus gate, Wellingborough town centre – an average of 793 vehicles a day (over 14 days)
  • Weedon Road, junction of Duston Road, Northampton – 52 vehicles a day (over 14 days)
  • Drapery, Northampton – 427 vehicles a day (over seven days)

Cllr Jason Smithers, county council cabinet member for transport, highways and environment, said:

 

“With population growth and increasing car ownership, the volume of traffic on ours roads is growing.

“Part of the solution to reducing congestion and pollution is to encourage people to use more sustainable forms of transport including buses.

“However a real challenge to this is guaranteeing reliable journey times. I believe this plan will make significant improvements in making bus travel an attractive option for commuters.”

The bus lane enforcement proposal is an extension of the existing parking enforcement controls.