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Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

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Enforcement for Norton Road bus lane

Friday, April 27, 2012


Concerns from bus operators that motorists have been flouting the bus lane on Norton Road have prompted Council enforcement action along its length.

The bus lane, approaching the St. Mary’s/Maritime Road/Durham Road Bypass roundabout in Stockton, is designed to encourage use of public transport by improving reliability and punctuality.

The action will help keep it clear of other vehicles during its hours of operation, which are 07.30 to 09.30am and 3.30 to 6pm every day, when only buses and pedal cycles can use this bus lane. At other times, all vehicles may use it.

Councillor Mike Smith, Stockton Council's Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Transport, said: "Drivers of unauthorised vehicles using bus lanes not only flout the law but can also affect road safety by making unexpected movements.

"We will be using closed-circuit TV to monitor vehicles travelling on the bus lane. If we find any vehicles using it without authorisation, their registered keepers could be in line for a £60 penalty charge."