Portsmouth licensed private hire vehicles in bus lanes trial proves a success

Allowing private hire vehicles to use five bus lanes in Portsmouth to improve reliability has proved a success. Portsmouth City Council carried out a successful 14-month trial of Portsmouth-licensed private hire vehicles – cars that can be booked using a phone or an app but can’t use taxi ranks – giving them permission to use […]

Reading set for six new bus lanes

Planners in Reading are recommending the creation of six new bus lanes in the town to create a faster and even more reliable bus. £26 million is being invested into local bus services by the Council with the aim of attracting more passengers to use them. The council believes that key to achieving that is […]

Consultation on potential changes to Kings Road outbound bus lane in Reading

Proposals to change the use of a bus lane on the main route east out of Reading are now out for consultation. Reading Borough Council is asking for views on a potential change to the vehicles permitted to use the eastbound bus lane out of Reading on Kings Road towards Cemetery Junction. The potential change […]

TfL permits emergency services to use bus lanes when not on blue-light journeys

Ambulances, police and fire vehicles across London are being given access to bus lanes on the capital’s main arterial roads while on duty, even when not dealing with an emergency. This follows a successful trial with Guy’s and St Thomas’ Foundation Trust that saw fewer missed appointments, and no negative impact on bus journey times. […]

Bus gets a ticket for driving in bus lane

A bus company in Yorkshire has been fined after one of its buses was captured picking up passengers at a bus stop. The BBC reports that the single-decker Connexions bus, which operates in West and North Yorkshire, was said to have driven in a bus lane on York Road in Leeds in October. It quotes […]

24-hour bus lanes trial in London set to become permanent as bus journey times improve

Transport for London (TfL) has announced that it intends to make its trial of 24-hour bus lanes permanent, after a trial found that extending bus lane hours on London’s busiest roads cut journey times and helped reliability. Improvements in bus journey times were particularly noticeable in central and inner London, especially in both the mornings […]

Northants proposing bus lane “crack down”

Enforcement officials in Northamptonshire are pledging to crack down on vehicles illegally using bus lanes in order to improve journey times for bus users. The County Council proposal centres on reliable journey times for bus travel as a way of encouraging people to start using buses and reducing car volumes and congestion. The council’s Cabinet […]


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