Red surface for controversial Plymouth bus lanes
DRIVERS will be seeing red over bus lanes in Plymouth.
Lanes that are being – or have been – monitored by enforcement cameras have been given a red surface to make them more visible.
The colouring is one of a number of changes, which will also see cameras installed at two new sites.
A section of bus lane near the car wash in Tavistock Road has been lengthened in response to a recommendation from a traffic penalty tribunal adjudicator.
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The adjudicator felt the gap provided for traffic to turn into the car wash was too long and could cause confusion, so this has been shortened.
Enforcement was temporarily suspended for the works to be carried out but will start again on Sunday, September 1.
Also from Sunday, cameras will be introduced at the short two-way bus lane joining Leypark Drive and Leypark Walk in Estover and the inbound bus lane running from Western Approach into Union Street, near Reflex.
These cameras will be moved from the outbound side of Exeter Street, between Friary Park and Cattedown Roundabout, and the inbound side of Saltash Road between the train station and North Cross.
The camera near the Exeter Street flats will remain in place.
Cllr Mark Coker, the city's cabinet member for transport, said: "The aim of camera enforcement is to deter drivers from straying into bus lanes and gates.
"This improves journey times and makes Plymouth's roads safer for everyone.
"We want to make the restrictions as clear as possible to motorists and, in time, we hope to apply red surfacing to all of the city's bus lanes.
"We have always been clear that we will only use cameras to enforce bus lanes where abuse is causing real problems, either for bus services or in terms of road safety.
"We're pleased to say that the number of contraventions near Friary Mill and the rail station has fallen considerably, so these cameras are being moved to sites where they are needed more.
"We shall continue to monitor all of the city's bus lanes and liaise with bus companies to ensure cameras are being placed where they are most needed."
Since bus lane enforcement began in August 2012 the number of fines being issued has fallen significantly and fewer than 0.1 per cent of all drivers – that's one in every 1,000 – now fall foul of the restrictions where cameras are in place.
A council spokeswoman said: "Every penny of net income from bus lane enforcement is reinvested in road repairs for the city."