Plans to prevent traffic from illegally using the bus only routes in Dyke Road, Western Road and North Street in Brighton will move a step closer following the environment committee meeting on 1 July.
The committee is being asked to endorse regulations that will make the routes into bus lanes. This will make the restrictions much clearer and easier to understand and would mean that enforcement could take place as soon as legislation is approved by central government.
Brighton & Hove City Council is poised to take over enforcement of bus lanes from the police and will use existing CCTV cameras to record vehicles entering the bus corridor illegally.
Councillor Craig Turton, deputy chair of the environment committee, said, "With more people using the buses we have to address the congestion being caused in the city centre by cars using the bus only areas.
"These proposals will significantly deter drivers from illegally using the bus corridor, and allow future enforcement though the use of CCTV. It will improve bus journey times, air quality and the shopping environment." The bus lanes would operate all the time in Western Road, North Street and Dyke Road, with some sections accessible to traffic overnight.
Businesses were sent questionnaires about their delivery needs and informal discussions held with the bus company. People were also able to view plans at a public exhibition in Brighton Town Hall and take part in a questionnaire through the council's newspaper.
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