Since 1992 Cambridgeshire County Council has been using a rising bollards in the centre of the City to reduce congestion and pollution by only allowing public transport, cycles and authorised vehicles.

In order to keep Cambridge moving three sites across Cambridge will have the rising bollards replaced with new camera technology as used elsewhere in the country.

These will be at:
"¢ Regent Street
"¢ Emmanuel Street
"¢ Bridge Street

The change includes the bollards being removed and, as is the current situation, unauthorised vehicles crossing the point will be fined. The camera technology will capture the registration number of vehicles that are authorised to go into the City Centre.

By using the bollards the Council has, since 1995, been able to reduce traffic through the centre by 21 per cent and by also investing in cycle infrastructure people using bikes have increased in the City Centre by 88 per cent.

Vehicles such as emergency vehicles, buses and taxis will now have a smoother journey through these points as they no longer have to stop. Tax payers also save money on the cost of maintenance and operation.

It also makes it easier to put or remove vehicles onto the system as this is simply putting a registration onto a database rather than installing an expensive transponder onto the vehicle.

These three routes will be improved first with the others being changed in the future.

There will be clear signage showing the operating times of the bus gates at each location. Other signs will also be placed on the approaches to the bus gates, indicating a route that drivers can take to avoid the enforcement cameras.

Richard Lumley Head of Highways Services for Cambridgeshire County Council, said: "Encouraging the use of public transport, cycling and walking in the city centre has been highly successful in reducing congestion and getting more people on buses and bikes. The new camera system will replace the current bollards and is used elsewhere in the country. It is a more efficient system than we currently use and easier for authorised drivers to use in that they do not have to stop, which is ideal for emergency services and buses."

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