As public appreciation of Brighton's buses rises the council is taking steps to improve traffic flow for the buses. The move, which effectively backs a winning team, has delivered some very positive results.
Enforcement action on the bus and taxi-only routes in Western Road, North Street and Dyke Road has had the effect of reducing illegal traffic along these routes by as much as a third. This has in turn eased bus flow and contributed to the efficient timely service that customers have praised (see previous story in Knowledgebase under Transport).
Overall traffic levels have also dropped by as much as 34% for southbound journeys along Dyke Road and 29% for the eastbound route along Western Road. These figures are taken from surveys carried by Brighton & Hove City Council during December.
Brighton & Hove's city centre bus priority scheme was recently changed from a series of bus only gateways to bus lanes. The change is in response to the introduction of 'bus Lane contravention regulations' which will be introduced by the government later this year. Responsibility for enforcement is currently with the police, who have limited resources for this kind of work. Under the new regulations the council will have the power to enforce bus only use of the lanes using CCTV cameras.
Councillor Gill Mitchell, chair of Brighton & Hove's environment committee, commented: "The reduction in traffic along city centre bus routes is welcome. It will increase the efficiency of bus services, and make people's journeys quicker and easier to plan.
"The fact that the enforcement action with Sussex Police is working shows how effective it will be once the new legislation comes into force."
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