Tuesday, April 04, 2017
Lancashire County Council has announced that Penalty Charge Notices from the bus lane camera on Fishergate near Butler Street will be repaid, following a judgement from the independent adjudicator.
The permanent 'no right turn' restriction remains in operation at all times, although no new PCNs will be issued for driving through the bus lane until the experimental traffic regulation order is reviewed at the end of the six month consultation period.
Independent adjudicator Edward Solomons found that the bus lane itself complies with the regulations, but allowed five appeals made on the basis of "inadequate" signing on Butler Street, and suggested changes to the location and lighting of some of the signing.
As a gesture of goodwill, the council has agreed to refund first-time penalty charges issued for turning right from Butler Street and driving through the bus lane, where an appeal is made on the basis of inadequate signing.
To apply for a refund people need to contact the council online or in writing before Wednesday 10 May.
This follows the recent decision relating to the section of bus lane on Fishergate between Mount Street and Corporation Street. The deadline for appeals for this section has also been extended to Wednesday 10 May.
The bus lane restrictions were introduced to:
· Reduce traffic congestion at peak times.
· Maintain traffic flow around the city centre.
· Improve the Fishergate environment.
· Reduce pollution within the main shopping area at peak times.
The 'no-right turn' will remain in place at all times, and people are asked to continue to respect it.
Phil Barrett, director of community services at Lancashire County Council, said: "We will not be appealing against the adjudicator’s decision and we'll be providing a refund to people who seek one on the basis of the adequacy of the signing. There are details on how to do this on our website.
"The right turn restriction from Butler Street is an important part of the road network in this part of the city centre, helping to reduce queuing at peak times. We’ve had support from businesses and bus operators regarding this benefit, and we will be changing the signing on Butler Street to address the adjudicator's findings."
Find our more about the improvements to Fishergate and Corporation Street.
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