Motorists are warned that a number of dedicated bus lanes across Blackpool are set to be enforced by cameras to ensure compliance with the restrictions from tomorrow (Sunday 1st May). Market Street, Church Street and Corporation Street will see enforcement cameras in action. The installation of the cameras will enforce restrictions between the hours of 10.30am and 6pm, on various different points across the roads. After an initial grace period to allow drivers to get used to these arrangements, penalty notices will be issued to drivers who are caught flouting the rules.
A one-way system will be introduced on Back Church Street from Corporation Street to Church Street in an eastbound direction. Vehicles will be banned from using streets which are part of the bus hub between 10.30am and 6pm, apart from buses, pedal cycles, taxis or other authorised vehicles. This area includes Market Street (Southbound) between West Street and Church Street, Church Street (Eastbound) between Market Street and Corporation Street and Corporation Street (Northbound) between Church Street and West Street.
Vehicles that can use bus lanes include:
- Taxis (both Hackney and private hire). The licence plate must be displayed to drive within bus lanes
- Authorised vehicles
- Emergency vehicles
Enforcement will be carried out by Department of Transport approved cameras. Software checks the number plate against the registration details of permitted vehicles.
Jane Cole, Managing Director of Blackpool Transport Services, said, ‘Speeding up customer journeys is a key priority for us. It makes travelling quicker and easier whilst improving access to bus services across the Fylde Coast. The transport hub on Market Street and Corporation Street now provides a safe and convenient interchange facility for our customers to travel seamlessly across the resort.’
A spokesperson for Blackpool Council said: ‘Don’t forget – from May 1, 2022, any unauthorised vehicle using the bus lanes on Market Street, Church Street and Corporation Street will be captured by the enforcement cameras. There will be an initial grace period to allow drivers to get used to these arrangements after which penalty notices will be issued. The changes ensure that buses, taxis and authorised vehicles have priority access to these key areas. The cameras will operate seven days a week, enforcing restrictions between 10.30am and 6pm. Clear signposting will be in place in the area to ensure that drivers are aware.
Learn more about the improvements, which will boost public transport access, increase safety and ease congestion. If you are caught entering, stopping or driving in bus lanes during hours of operation, you will be issued with a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) for £60. This will be reduced to £30 if paid within 14 days. If the charge is not paid after 28 days it will increase to £90. If you receive a PCN, full instructions on what to do next, who to contact, and how pay or appeal are included on the notice.’