Bus lane fines to be introduced in Warrington

Bus lane fines to be introduced in Warrington

Bus lane fines to be introduced in Warrington

First published in News

PAYING to park on the town centre streets, fines for cars using bus lanes and cashless parking are among the measures being brought in across the borough.

Warrington Borough Council has signed a seven year contract with NSL for parking enforcement with new ideas including electronic parking permits also on the cards to help make savings of £80,000 a year.

Clr Linda Dirir, executive board member for highways, transportation and climate change, said: “NSL are a progressive and forward thinking provider and have a proven track record of providing additional environmental enforcement services to local authorities through the use of body-cameras.

“To actively prevent the misuse and abuse of blue badges, civil enforcement officers will also be trained to identify and enforce their fraudulent use which may result in the seizure of blue badges and a fine being issued.

"We are also looking forward to working with them to implement a range of services set out in the parking strategy for Warrington.”

Mark Hoskin, NSL’s local government director, added: “We are very much looking forward to working on behalf of Warrington Borough Council and in sharing our ideas and expertise for the benefit of the town, to ensure parking is safer and fairer for all.”

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6:08pm Fri 18 Jul 14

MikeJT says...

Hope they did their homework before they got into bed with them

http://www.bbc.co.uk
/news/uk-england-lon
don-16746575
Hope they did their homework before they got into bed with them http://www.bbc.co.uk /news/uk-england-lon don-16746575 MikeJT
  • Score: 4

7:08pm Fri 18 Jul 14

Barbara K says...

Hope this was tendered out to get the best value for taxpayers
Hope this was tendered out to get the best value for taxpayers Barbara K
  • Score: 0

8:13pm Fri 18 Jul 14

widnesman says...

Just another reason not to shop in the town centre!!
Just another reason not to shop in the town centre!! widnesman
  • Score: 16

10:46pm Fri 18 Jul 14

WA5 Man says...

Well I hope that first of all WBC will consider scrapping the bus lane outside the Peace Centre. No buses use this lane as they need to be in the outside lane to at the lights in order to be in the right lane for town at the pink eye roundabout. All this bus lane does is cause unnecessary congestion.
Well I hope that first of all WBC will consider scrapping the bus lane outside the Peace Centre. No buses use this lane as they need to be in the outside lane to at the lights in order to be in the right lane for town at the pink eye roundabout. All this bus lane does is cause unnecessary congestion. WA5 Man
  • Score: 13

11:21pm Fri 18 Jul 14

stewlycoscom says...

WA5 Man wrote:
Well I hope that first of all WBC will consider scrapping the bus lane outside the Peace Centre. No buses use this lane as they need to be in the outside lane to at the lights in order to be in the right lane for town at the pink eye roundabout. All this bus lane does is cause unnecessary congestion.
this junction is getting a revamp in the near future and the bus lane is being separated in a central reservation.
[quote][p][bold]WA5 Man[/bold] wrote: Well I hope that first of all WBC will consider scrapping the bus lane outside the Peace Centre. No buses use this lane as they need to be in the outside lane to at the lights in order to be in the right lane for town at the pink eye roundabout. All this bus lane does is cause unnecessary congestion.[/p][/quote]this junction is getting a revamp in the near future and the bus lane is being separated in a central reservation. stewlycoscom
  • Score: 2

5:01am Sat 19 Jul 14

MikeJT says...

A significant number of bus lanes in Warrington only operate during peak hours (eg:- knutsford road approaching bridge foot). The biggest number of complaints against automatic bus lane camera penalty notices is for tickets issued outside of period of operation of the restriction. A whole lot of money is made from people who do not appeal the incorrectly (query...illegally?) issued tickets.
A significant number of bus lanes in Warrington only operate during peak hours (eg:- knutsford road approaching bridge foot). The biggest number of complaints against automatic bus lane camera penalty notices is for tickets issued outside of period of operation of the restriction. A whole lot of money is made from people who do not appeal the incorrectly (query...illegally?) issued tickets. MikeJT
  • Score: 4

9:04am Sat 19 Jul 14

del142 says...

Hopefully they will catch all the people who go in the bus lane too soon every morning along wilderspool causeway, meaning the people who join at the correct point have to wait for the backed up queue... I've noticed they occasionally have police there stopping people who do it but that's not enough
Hopefully they will catch all the people who go in the bus lane too soon every morning along wilderspool causeway, meaning the people who join at the correct point have to wait for the backed up queue... I've noticed they occasionally have police there stopping people who do it but that's not enough del142
  • Score: 9

5:31pm Sat 19 Jul 14

brabazon says...

About time something was done about the Bus Lane abuse. Correct they one on The Causeway is commonly misused, but what about the parked cars. Are the going to Double Yellow it. Another one is outside the Guardian Building on Bridge St. buses continually miss a light change due to motorist abuse. The Council also need to do something about about vehicles that are parked in marked Bus Stops. Rule 243 of the Highway code clearly says you must not park in or obstruct a Bus / Tram stop or a Taxi Rank. There are numerous around Warrington that have vehicles not only cars parked in them.
About time something was done about the Bus Lane abuse. Correct they one on The Causeway is commonly misused, but what about the parked cars. Are the going to Double Yellow it. Another one is outside the Guardian Building on Bridge St. buses continually miss a light change due to motorist abuse. The Council also need to do something about about vehicles that are parked in marked Bus Stops. Rule 243 of the Highway code clearly says you must not park in or obstruct a Bus / Tram stop or a Taxi Rank. There are numerous around Warrington that have vehicles not only cars parked in them. brabazon
  • Score: 5

9:14pm Sat 19 Jul 14

choperado says...

Forget that fine the pavement parkers and those that park on or within fifteen feet of a junction, cops included. Tonnes of money to be made from that.
Forget that fine the pavement parkers and those that park on or within fifteen feet of a junction, cops included. Tonnes of money to be made from that. choperado
  • Score: 3

11:51pm Sat 19 Jul 14

daz walters says...

all the shops that closed down in Warrington are still open in Widnes t j hughes peacocks etc self explanatory really good luck warrington council with closing the rest down
all the shops that closed down in Warrington are still open in Widnes t j hughes peacocks etc self explanatory really good luck warrington council with closing the rest down daz walters
  • Score: 10

3:43pm Mon 21 Jul 14

chumhill says...

The bus lane on Winwick road causes no end of congestion for residents trying to turn left at the new costa/Aldi site to get home while traffic prevents this for the junction heading toward Westbrook. I was recently caught going down this bus lane on Winwick road and fined, quite rightly so. However I've been down this road for the last 12 years nearly every day at peak times and have only ever see a bus maybe 3 times using this. I do think some of the bus lanes need to be reviewed in order to ease congestion.
The bus lane on Winwick road causes no end of congestion for residents trying to turn left at the new costa/Aldi site to get home while traffic prevents this for the junction heading toward Westbrook. I was recently caught going down this bus lane on Winwick road and fined, quite rightly so. However I've been down this road for the last 12 years nearly every day at peak times and have only ever see a bus maybe 3 times using this. I do think some of the bus lanes need to be reviewed in order to ease congestion. chumhill
  • Score: 6

9:48pm Mon 21 Jul 14

lucysears says...

Perhaps they can start milking the cyclists too. When they go through red lights for instance. The motorist - always an easy target
Perhaps they can start milking the cyclists too. When they go through red lights for instance. The motorist - always an easy target lucysears
  • Score: 5

10:10am Tue 22 Jul 14

Paul Kennedy says...

The following is from an exchange of emails some days ago between myself and the Executive Board Member whose portfolio includes Highways and Transportation, I hope that it clarifies the situation:

“I am concerned to note reports that the contract will include bus lane enforcement. As you might recall, I have questioned the appropriateness of some of our bus lanes, and have suggested a review of each one before any enforcement takes place.”

“Just to reassure you there will be no bus lane enforcement whatsoever until we have had a full Bus Lane Review . I recall I gave you an assurance on this at a full Council Meeting . This was also reaffirmed at the Parking Executive Task Group 10 days ago.. .where we considered the terms of the Contract in full . Bus Lane Enforcement had to be covered in the Contract as it is in our Parking Strategy... but our stance has not changed.”
The following is from an exchange of emails some days ago between myself and the Executive Board Member whose portfolio includes Highways and Transportation, I hope that it clarifies the situation: “I am concerned to note reports that the contract will include bus lane enforcement. As you might recall, I have questioned the appropriateness of some of our bus lanes, and have suggested a review of each one before any enforcement takes place.” “Just to reassure you there will be no bus lane enforcement whatsoever until we have had a full Bus Lane Review . I recall I gave you an assurance on this at a full Council Meeting . This was also reaffirmed at the Parking Executive Task Group 10 days ago.. .where we considered the terms of the Contract in full . Bus Lane Enforcement had to be covered in the Contract as it is in our Parking Strategy... but our stance has not changed.” Paul Kennedy
  • Score: 0

8:15am Wed 23 Jul 14

Sliver says...

Warrington should get rid of all of its bus lanes, they do not offer a good enough bus service to justify keeping any of them open, all they do is cause congestion and contribute to road rage.
Warrington should get rid of all of its bus lanes, they do not offer a good enough bus service to justify keeping any of them open, all they do is cause congestion and contribute to road rage. Sliver
  • Score: 0

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