Green light for new Leeds bus lane cameras

The bus lane camera pictured on Kirkstall Road, near Viaduct Road, in Leeds.

The bus lane camera pictured on Kirkstall Road, near Viaduct Road, in Leeds.

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Planners have given the green light to install a number of new bus lane cameras across Leeds.

The sites for the proposed cameras include Elland Road Bus Gate and the slip road at Jack Lane with the M621.

Other sites for the cameras connected to the Elland Road Park and Ride scheme include: York Road Outbound, North Street, Woodhouse Lane Inbound, Burley Road Outbound and Dewsbury Road Outbound.

The Dewsbury Road camera will be relocated following the installation of a new pedestrian crossing at the present site.

The Yorkshire Evening Post revealed earlier this year bus lane cameras across the city have cost tens of thousands of Leeds motorists almost £3million in tickets over the past two years.

West Yorkshire Combined Authority and the bus operators have reported the use of bus lanes by other vehicles as a major issue affecting service punctuality.

A report to Leeds City Council’s highways and transportation chief officer said two current camera enforcement phases, which include sites in the city centre, are believed to have delivered an average 90 per cent reduction on violations across the monitored network.

The report added: “Bus lane enforcement is an effective way of tackling the abuse of bus lanes. Earlier phases have proven successful in promoting effective bus lane use.

“The proposals, which are expected to be self financing, are a fundamental element to reducing congestion and maintaining freer flowing traffic in bus lanes.

“Bus lane enforcement will assist in the continued success of strategically important developments such as Elland Road Park and Ride and similar future schemes.”

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The Yorkshire Evening Post revealed earlier this year bus lane cameras across Leeds have cost tens of thousands of Leeds motorists almost £3million in tickets over the past two years.

The city’s most profitable camera clocked more than 25,000 drivers driving on the bus lane, in Boar Lane, Leeds city centre, in the two years up until April 2014.

More than £250,000 in fines was generated by the city’s second most prolific camera, which caught more than 10,000 vehicles straying into the Kirkstall Road bus lane near Viaduct Road in its first 12 months in action from March 2013.

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