The overwhelming majority of motorists coming into Birmingham city centre are observing bus lanes
â€¦. And 2.25 million bus passengers each week are benefitting from bus lanes on Moor Street Queensway and Priory Queensway as bus journey times are getting shorter and there are fewer delays at city centre bus stops.
According to research from National Express West Midlands, delays at city centre bus stops have already reduced by 16% and 1,800 more buses leave their terminus on time.
The figures were welcomed by Birmingham City Council's cabinet member for Development, Transport and the Economy, Cllr Tahir Ali, who said: “With the current tunnel closures it is great news that bus lane enforcement is having such a positive impact on bus journey times and city centre congestion.
“We would like people to see public transport as a viable alternative to using their cars to commute, particularly over the summer while the tunnels are closed. With reduced delays and shorter journey times we're moving closer to making that happen.
“When motorists drive considerately and observe bus lane signage correctly, they help improve bus reliability, increase road safety, encourage cycling and reduce CO2 emissions. We all benefit from this.
“However, when drivers ignore the bus lane signs, their actions have the opposite effect. After some initial problems where we have learnt lessons, I am confident that our signs are now clear and we are enforcing bus lanes. Motorists will be fined if they disobey them in the same way as they would be fined if they breached other traffic signs.”
For further information about bus lanes visit http://www.birmingham.gov.uk/cs/Satellite?c=Page&childpagename=SystemAdmin%2FCFPageLayout&cid=1223422500726&packedargs=website%3D4&pagename=BCC%2FCommon%2FWrapper%2FCFWrapper&rendermode=live
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Notes to Editors
The St Chad's and Queensway tunnels are completely closed to all traffic from 10pm on Friday 18 July until 6am on Monday 1 September. The complete closure will be followed by up to four weeks of overnight closures, from 10pm to 6am.