Bus lane cameras in Silver Street will go live at the end of the month and drivers are being reminded to take note of the new road layout.
Enforcement of Cambridge’s latest bus lane cameras will begin at the end of June in Silver Street and drivers will be warned before enforcement takes place.
Restricted access in Silver Street has been in place since August 2003. Cambridgeshire County Council’s scheme will see the existing rising bollards be replaced by ‘bus gates’, which will continue to restrict unauthorised traffic going through them by using Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras.
The scheme differs to other bus gates installed in the city, as drivers will only have access to Silver Street from midnight until 10am coming into town, and then from 4pm until midnight going out of town.
In between those times, there will be restricted access for vehicles except buses, taxis and emergency services. If vehicles are caught travelling in the area during these times they will be fined.
Bus gate is already in operation on four other sites in Cambridge City Centre on Station Road, Bridge Street, Emmanuel Road and Regent Street / St Andrews Street.
Last financial year more than 60,000 penalty notices were issued to motorists who failed to acknowledge the restricted access signs at the bus lanes.
The change to ‘bus gates’ was driven by a need to replace rising bollards which are expensive to run and have outdated technology.
Cllr Mathew Shuter, Highways & Infrastructure Committee chairman at Cambridgeshire County Council, said:
“This new bus gate on Silver Street will provide a more effective way of managing the existing traffic restrictions, support buses services, ease congestion and improve air quality.
“Any unauthorised vehicles driving through the site during the operating times will receive a warning notice during the first three weeks, this is to allow drivers to get used to the new ANPR enforcement cameras, before official penalty notices start being issued.
“I would like to take this opportunity to remind members of the public to take note of the bus gate signs on Silver Street and around other sites in Cambridge, to avoid being fined.”
Additional temporary warning signs will be placed in the area to give extra advice to drivers ahead of the official penalty notices being issued.
For more information on ‘bus gates’ visit our website: www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/bus-lane-bus-gate/