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Enforcement of Cambridge’s latest bus lane cameras go live this week at the city’s railway station.

Cambridgeshire County Council has been working on a project to change some of the existing rising bollard sites in Cambridge into ‘bus gates’ which restrict unauthorised traffic going through them by Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras.

Working with the developer of CB1, the County Council has installed the latest bus gate in Station Road between Mill Park Road and the Station which will go live from today (Friday June 1).

For the first two weeks any unauthorised vehicles driving through the bus gates will receive a warning notice. After that, drivers will receive a fixed penalty notice in the post.

The change to bus gates was driven by a need to find a replacement for rising bollards which are expensive to run and have outdated technology. This has already happened in three sites in the city centre in Emmanuel Road, Bridge Street and Regent Street / St Andrews Street.

Cllr Mathew Shuter, Highways & Community Infrastructure Committee chairman at Cambridgeshire County Council, said: “Bus gates are installed to support the movement of buses by restricting vehicles to ease congestion and improve air quality. This new bus gate will provide a more effective way of controlling the traffic in the Station area. Any unauthorised vehicles driving through the site will receive a warning notice during the first two weeks to get used to the new ANPR enforcement cameras before penalty notices are issued after that.”

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