Enforcement cameras to improve public transport journey times
Posted on Monday 21st March 2022
Enforcement cameras are to be introduced on part of Market Street, Church Street and Corporation Street in a move to improve public transport journey times in the town centre and improve safety for passengers.
The cameras will deter drivers who flout the law by driving in areas designated for buses, taxies and authorised vehicles. They will enforce restrictions from 1 May, between the hours of 10.30am and 6pm on:
- Market Street – from West Street to Church Street
- Church Street – from Market Street to Corporation Street
- Corporation Street – from Church Street to West Street
Across many other towns and cities in the UK, bus gate enforcement has been introduced to improve public transport journey times and reliability of services for passengers, as well as to ensure that emergency vehicles and taxis maintain access to key areas.
As part of ‘Making Blackpool Better’ plans, Corporation Street now has more space for buses to stop and wait, making it easier for passengers to connect with other services in the town centre. Recent work has included widening the road for safer access for buses and taxis, as well as improving the road and pavement surfaces.
Approval was granted in August 2021 for the council to publish notices in The Gazette detailing the proposals. Following a subsequent consultation period, the council has now made the order to proceed with the improvements.
The cameras will operate seven days a week, enforcing restrictions between 10.30am and 6pm. Only buses, taxis and authorised vehicles will be permitted during those times, and clear signposting will ensure that motorists are aware that enforcement is taking place.
From 1 May, drivers who use the bus lanes will be fined £60. However, if payment is made within 14 days of the Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) being served, the charge will be reduced to £30. If payment is made after a service of charge certificate (after 28 days), the fine would increase to £90. Any PCNs issued will include full details on what to do, how to pay and how to appeal.
Cllr Neal Brookes, Blackpool Council’s Cabinet Member for Enforcement, Public Safety, Highways and Transport, said:
“We’re pleased that we can now push forward and implement these improvements, which will ease town centre congestion and make it safer and easier for people travelling by public transport.
“We’re keen to improve bus journey times and have recently installed a live travel screen in Market Street to support this. Installation of the new cameras is the next step – it will help to ensure that the rules are followed by everyone and that priority is given to public transport operators.
“We ask that drivers familiarise themselves with the changes and remain aware that the cameras will be enforcing restrictions from the beginning of May.”
Jane Cole, Managing Director of Blackpool Transport Services, added:
“Speeding up customer journeys is a key priority for us. It makes travelling quicker and easier whilst improving access to bus services across the Fylde Coast.
“The transport hub on Market Street and Corporation Street now provides a safe and convenient interchange facility for our customers to travel seamlessly across the resort.”
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Posted on Monday 21st March 2022