Call to install bus lane cameras to end gridlock on Hull's main transport routes
THE boss of an East Yorkshire bus company is calling on civic leaders to introduce more efficient bus lanes and enforce them with cameras to prevent gridlock.
Peter Shipp, chairman and chief executive of EYMS, has returned from a fact-finding trip to Nottingham with city council officials to see the city's lane system in action.
Hull City Council, which has described this week's trip as "interesting", is now considering the implementation of a system modelled on the one in Nottingham.
Mr Shipp believes that if more people are to be persuaded to ditch their cars for public transport, the city will need a much more efficient bus service.
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He said: "I see no reason why a similar system, with proper consultation with drivers and users of public transport, could not be introduced in Hull.
"I took a bus recently from our depot in Anlaby Road to the city centre and it became caught up in the football traffic. It needs improving."
Nottingham has a variety of bus lanes, which are in operation for varying lengths of time, ranging from peak hours only to 24 hours a day.
Cameras catch motorists who flout the rules and, when cases are proven, fines of £30 are issued.
Mr Shipp said: "Nottingham City Council saw a very muted response from motorists.
"Their council was very careful to make sure it was introduced slowly and with care. Signage is also very clear.
"Ultimately, motorists who abide by the rules will not have to worry about fines."
Civic leaders in Nottingham told the delegation the cost of implementing their system was about £200,000.
However, the costs are being recouped in fines.
Mr Shipp said he would like motorists, as well as frequent bus users, to see the benefits of a city centre tailored to public transport.
He said: "If bus lanes are not kept free, buses will have no choice but to pull out into the outside lane, causing hold-ups for cars.
"There are benefits to be had by everyone to have more efficient bus lanes."
Councillor Martin Mancey, portfolio holder for environment and transport, was among the civic delegates who made the trip to Nottingham.
He said: "It was an extremely interesting visit looking at how they deal with bus lane enforcement.
"Nottingham City Council is at the leading edge for advanced camera and traffic enforcement technology and, over the coming months, we will review some of the methods and technology used.
"There are some important issues to think about and possibly considering a partnership approach with Nottingham City Council in the future."