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Help requested posted on 8th August 2018:

PTW access to bus lanes

In order to resolve some outstanding issues in the West Yorkshire Transport Strategy we are looking for information around PTW access to bus lanes in the UK. Can you help us with the following questions?

1. Does your LA authority allow PTW access to with flow Bus Lanes yes/no?

If yes:

2. What date did that access start?

3. Was the decision to allow access based on a trial period, and if so, of what duration?

4. Are you able to share any reports / minutes etc. that supported that decision? Or point us to where they can be found?

Sue Snoddy

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Response posted on 9th August 2018 by:
Nick Ellis

E: nick.ellis@poole.gov.uk
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PTW access to bus lanes

Poole Council does not allow Powered Two Wheelers in its bus lanes. The Council is concerned about the safety implications of allowing PTWs to use bus lanes in general, and will not be allowing PTWs to use Poole's bus lanes until more experience has been gained nationally. In fact, we have very few bus lanes in the Borough, and several of them lead directly into bus facilities, and so wider use by vehicles other than buses is not appropriate in those lanes.

Poole Council will be absorbed into a new Local Authority, which will include Bournemouth and Christchurch, from April 2019. The new authority may take a different view on this.


Response posted on 9th August 2018 by:
Jonathan Mason

E: jonathan.mason@bristol.gov.uk
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PTW access to bus lanes

Bristol first allowed PTW to use bus lanes in 1995 and this was an experimental order which was made permanent a year later in 1996. We also allow cyclists and taxis to use the bus lane. Taxis were allowed prior to 1995. I'm afraid finding any of the reports made at the time will be too time consuming at the moment, as we have gone 'paper free' since then and the officers involved have now left the council.


Response posted on 10th August 2018 by:
Mark Gregory

E: mark.gregory@atkinsglobal.com
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PTW access to bus lanes

http://www.roadsafetyknowledgecentre.org.uk/help-forum/196.html

http://www.roadsafetyknowledgecentre.org.uk/knowledge/622.html

There are these two previous posts which may be helpful.


Response posted on 10th August 2018 by:
Rob Farnham

E: rob_farnham@middlesbrough.gov.uk
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PTW access to bus lanes

Sue,

Powered Two Wheelers aren't allowed to use the designated bus lanes in Middlesbrough. Only buses, Hackney Carriages and cycles are permitted.

Cheers,

Rob Farnham
Principal Transport Planning Officer, Middlesbrough Council


Response posted on 13th August 2018 by:
Keith Baldock

E: keith.baldock@brighton-hove.gov.uk
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PTW access to bus lanes

P2W are allowed in several designated bus lanes in Brighton & Hove - details https://www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/content/parking-and-travel/travel-transport-and-road-safety/road-safety-moped-and-motorcycle-riders
with further links on this website.
Currently a manager is looking at a possible policy for defining any extension to this but I doubt he will be able to get back to you soon - thus this holding reply.


Response posted on 13th August 2018 by:
Mark Symonds

E: mark.symonds@edinburgh.gov.uk
T: 01314693817

PTW access to bus lanes

Hi Sue,

Edinburgh allowed motor cycles into bus lanes since October 2015. http://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/info/20016/roads_travel_and_parking/280/bus_lane_notices
Spokes, the local cycling campaign did have concerns but there doesn't seem to have been an increase in reported incidents involving motor cycles whilst motor cyclists have generally welcomed the move as providing them with a faster journey time with less conflict with other vehicles.
Best wishes,
Mark


Response posted on 13th August 2018 by:
Mark Symonds

E: mark.symonds@edinburgh.gov.uk
T: 01314693817

PTW access to bus lanes

Hi again Sue,

Please see minutes on http://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/download/meetings/id/47641/06_minute_020615

Just confirming the changes to bus lanes are on a trial basis.

Best wishes,

Mark


Response posted on 15th August 2018 by:
Jan Brabin

E: j.brabin@bury.gov.uk
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PTW access to bus lanes

In Bury only Buses, Hackney Carriages and Cycles are allowed in the bus lanes.


Response posted on 16th August 2018 by:
Sue Snoddy

E: sue.snoddy@bradford.gov.uk
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PTW access to bus lanes

Many thanks for all your responses

Sue


Response posted on 12th September 2018 by:
Peter Seymour

E: Rep@readingmag.org.uk
T: 07775 646952

PTW access to bus lanes

Reading Borough Council allowed powered two wheel vehicles into its bus lanes many years ago, probably about 1995. There was a relatively short trial period before it became permanent.
It does not include all bus lanes. Some are not suitable, e.g if one leads into a bus-only station etc. or there are obvious safety issues. It is kept under review periodically, such as now, and has been extended. Motorcyclists are allowed in most bus lanes.
It has been outstandingly successful, with very few accidents or issues. There has been no conflict with cyclists who are also allowed. The bus company reports that they have had no problems with motorcyclists but find cyclists can delay them. It provides a safe corridor in areas where there is aggressive driving. Whilst it has reduced travel time and made town access much easier, I should stress that it is about safe harbour not speed. Vulnerable students on low-powered scooters etc need this safety, & find PTW's affordable & better suited than other options. I find it difficult to understand why other councils are so slow to adopt the same strategy as part of an integrated transport policy. Now proven over many years, it has clear beneficial implications for traffic and pollution reduction, especially for forthcoming CAZ - see Birmingham's decision that powered two wheelers of any age will not be charged as part of their chargeable CAZ.


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