Monday, January 09, 2017
In line with its original plans, Lancashire County Council will continue to operate the Fishergate bus lane on a trial basis.
The bus lane, which runs from Mount Street to Corporation Street between 11am and 6pm every day, will remain in operation until it has been formally reviewed.
The changes on Fishergate were introduced in October to reduce congestion over the festive period, which has affected the city centre for many years.
County Councillor John Fillis, Cabinet member for highways and transport, said: "It's clear that the changes we introduced had a big effect in reducing traffic levels on Fishergate in the run-up to Christmas.
"Correspondence with local stakeholders suggests that there is a growing consensus that the measures worked. Given that the original plan was to trial the bus lane for up to 18 months, I've decided that the bus lane should stay at least until we are able to assess how the changes work at different times of year.
"We normally carry out a formal review of trial orders at the end of the six-month consultation period, which will be in April. Between now and then we will carefully consider the feedback we received from businesses and the public.
"Once we've looked carefully at the positives and negatives that have come from these changes, we'll consider the next steps.
"The cameras are still in operation, so people will receive a PCN if they use these bus lanes when they shouldn’t.
"As we've said previously, we definitely don't want to issue any £60 Penalty Charge Notices, but it's an important way for us to enforce these changes. The aim is to help to reduce traffic build-up that has affected parts of the city centre at the busiest times."
The changes to traffic management between Mount Street and Corporation Street have been introduced on a trial basis.
The new bus lane at the Butler Street junction with Fishergate is a permanent change. There are no plans to remove it.
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