The new bus lane enforcement scheme started on 3 November 2014. If you drive illegally in a bus lane then you may receive a £60 fine.

A number of bus lanes across the city have been identified by the bus companies as suffering from delays due to unauthorised vehicles. The bus lane enforcement scheme will ensure that the lanes are kept free to allow bus services to run on time.

The first 4 bus lanes to be enforced are:

  • Elizabeth Way - 24 hours
  • Newmarket Road (heading out of town between River Lane and Cheddars Lane) - 24 hours
  • Newmarket Road (heading into town between B&Q and the first retail park entrance) - 24 hours
  • Hills Road (heading into town between Bateman Street and Union Road) - between 7am and 7pm

Permitted vehicles on bus lanes in Cambridge

  • Buses
  • Coaches
  • Any vehicle with more than 8 passenger seats (including Dial-a-Ride)
  • Licensed taxis (whilst on duty)
  • Cyclists (not motorcycles/mopeds)
  • Emergency vehicles

Closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras mounted on poles will record vehicles entering the bus lanes during restricted hours, and once a contravention has been confirmed the registered keeper will receive a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN).

Bus Gate Enforcement

The new bus gate enforcement started on 5 December 2016. If you drive illegally in a bus lane then you may receive a £60 fine.

In central Cambridge a pedestrian priority area operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The bollards which were previously at the below sites have all been replaced with cameras. All the areas are in a restricted zone and are in operation 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

  • Regent Street – heading into the City near Cambridge City Council offices)
  • Emmanuel Road (heading into and out of the City) – 24 hours
  • Bridge Street ( heading in and out of the City)

Permitted vehicles in bus gates in Cambridge

  • Local Buses
  • Any vehicle with more than 8 passenger seats 
  • Licensed taxis (whilst on duty)
  • Cyclists (not motorcycles/mopeds)
  • Emergency vehicles 

Closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras mounted on poles will record vehicles entering the bus lanes during restricted hours, and once a contravention has been confirmed the registered keeper will receive a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN).

Paying the bus lane/gate penalty charge notice (PCN)

Penalty charges are £60, discounted to £30 if paid within 14 days.

Failure to pay or challenge the issue of a penalty charge notice within 28 day of it being served will result in the charge increasing by 50% to £90.

We will send a penalty charge notice through the post to the vehicle's registered keeper within 21 days of the alleged offence taking place.

Ways to pay your penalty charge

Please have the vehicle details and the PCN number (starting with the letters 'FC') ready. If you have lost your penalty charge notice you can telephone 01223 727900 between 9am and 5pm Monday to Thursday and 9am to 4.30pm on Friday.

Please make cheques or postal orders payable to Cambridgeshire County Council and write the PCN number and your vehicle registration number on the reverse. Do not send cash or make debit/credit card payment by post

Disputing the Penalty Charge Notice

You can challenge a PCN online within 28 days of the date of your letter.

If you challenge the PCN and are unsuccessful you will be re-offered the chance to pay the discounted amount of £30 for a further 14 days from the Notice of Rejection.

If the council rejects your challenge, you have the right to appeal to an independent adjudication body, the Traffic Penalty Tribunal. The legal grounds for appeal are included on the PCN. The Council will enclose the appropriate form with the 'Notice of Rejection of Representations'.

Can I use the bus lane to access the retail park/supermarket in Newmarket Road?

You must wait until the arrows on the road show that you can move to the left hand lane. There is room for approximately 5 to 6 cars to then queue at the traffic lights in the left hand lane.

I own/visit a property on the bus route, can I access my property from the bus lane?

Yes. You should indicate left, and then cross the bus lane directly to the property.

Can I load/unload in a bus lane?

Some bus lanes have a loading ban indicated by signs and yellow blips or kerb markings (two if loading is never allowed and one if it is allowed between certain times).

If there are no kerb markings, anyone can make a delivery/collection in a bus lane. A fine would not be served if the delivery is seen on the cameras.

You can also stop to either pick up or drop people in a bus lane.

I am a Blue Badge holder, can I park in a bus lane?

You cannot park in a bus lane with your Blue Badge.

You can stop to either pick up or drop people in a bus lane.

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