Council confident new Bath bus gate signs are working
Council chiefs are confident that new and clearer signs at Bath’s bus gate have now cleared up confusion among visiting motorists.
They now want to make temporary signs and markings in High Street and New Bond Street permanent.
Bath and North East Somerset Council had been forced to revise the way motorists are warned about the bus gate after a string of successful appeals by visitors fined for inadvertently breaking the ban on cars going through the lights in Northgate Street, which aim to keep most vehicles out of the city centre.
Officials have prepared a report for cabinet member for transport Councillor Roger Symonds (Lib Dem, Combe Down) urging him to adopt the new signs - put up for an 18-month trial - permanently.
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The report says traffic counts in November found fewer than one per cent of vehicles approaching the bus gate and associated bus lanes went on to break the rules.
The report says: “This illustrates the effectiveness of the revised signage.”
The council was told in that same month to make further changes - increasing the size of some signs, and moving those on High Street to make them more visible - which it has now done.
The report says that the ‘no motor vehicles’ sign which is used to signal the bus lanes is widely understood, with 88 per cent of people in a survey correctly recognising it.
The council says the option of simply putting up ‘no entry’ signs - with plates underneath explaining the hours of operation and an exception for buses and taxis - had been rejected.
“These signs are not authorised for use as bus lane signs and the council would need to approach the Department for Transport to see if it would be willing to authorise the council to pilot these signs for this particular purpose.”