Bus Lane Camera goes Live

Fines for motorists using restricted lane

A camera used to detect motorists that use a restricted bus lane near Swansea's Liberty Stadium is set to go live.

From Monday (14 March), motorists that travel through the restricted bus gate on Neath Road in Landore will be issued with a fixed penalty.

The Council is urging motorists not to travel through the bus gate which was created to offer buses priority along the route.

The camera was installed at the beginning of month and until now only warning letters have been issued to motorists. During the two week period the camera has been in place it has tracked 356 cars going through it.

The council carried out a trial of the camera in August 2015 over a 30-day period. During that time more than 1,800 cars used the bus gate - the owners of which were all sent warning notices, informing them they were not authorised to use the priority route.

Cllr David Hopkins, Swansea Council's Cabinet Member for Environment and Transportation, said: "Like all bus priority routes, they should only be used by authorised vehicles. 

"The gate is there to provide priority access for public transport and not to be used as a shortcut for motorists.

"Local residents have contacted us to complain that the gate is continually being abused.

"We carried out a trial and have advised quite a few motorists that they are not permitted to use it. Hopefully this will deter them from using it once the camera becomes active."

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