A bus lane allows buses to bypass traffic congestion on main routes during peak times. Bus lanes can be long, continuous lengths or short sections on the approach to intersections. Bus lanes are clearly marked with signs displaying operational times. Outside operational hours, the bus lanes revert to on-street parking spaces with cycle lanes alongside in some locations.
PLEASE NOTE: The green paint markings on the lanes may be continuous or intermittent.
A bus lane is a dedicated lane for buses (also motorcycles and bicycles) either at all times or at certain specified periods as required to overcome congestion along roads.
Bus Priority lanes are clearly marked at the start and end of the lane with a green painted colour treatment.
It is essential that priority lanes are appropriately enforced to maintain a good level of compliance, as well as to maintain the safety of all vehicles on the road.
Bus lanes are normally created when the road in question is both likely to be congested as well as heavily travelled by bus.
Only specified vehicles (buses, emergency service vehicles, motorcycles, cyclists) may enter a bus lane during operating hours. Vehicles not in these categories will be liable for an Infringement Notice if they enter a bus lane. It is illegal for motorists other than buses to drive or stop in a bus lane during its operational hours.
Road signs clearly outline the times that the bus lane is operational and which vehicles are permitted to use it within those times.
Advantages of bus lanes
- Reduce traffic congestion by separating buses from other traffic.
- Encourage shorter journey times.
- Create additional space for the emergency services at peak congestion times.
- Encourage people to use the more efficient bus service.