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MOTORISTS are being warned of new bus lane cameras which are set to go into operation in Warrington town centre.

The new cameras are due to be activated on Scotland Road during the first week of October.

Warrington Borough Council says the purpose of enforcement of bus lanes is to deter unauthorised vehicles, increase bus punctuality, reduce congestion and improve air quality.

Signs have already been erected to notify drivers of the new enforcement measures, with only buses, permitted taxis, cycles and emergency services vehicles permitted to use the bus lane.

The new automatic number plate recognition cameras will capture the registration plate details of all vehicles driving illegally along the bus lane.

Owners of these vehicles could receive a fine of £60, which is reduced to £30 if paid within the first 14 days.

The council says the installation of bus lane cameras is part of its ongoing work to ‘promote sustainable transport’.

“Bus lanes aim to help provide a more reliable bus service and increase passenger numbers by enabling buses to have a more reliable journey along some of Warrington’s most congested roads,” a spokesman said.

All bus lanes in Warrington are signposted to highlight restrictions. If bus lanes have restricted hours, these will be specified.

If no specific hours or days when restrictions are effective are highlighted, the lanes will be enforceable at all times.

Source: Warrington Guardian website: Accessed 29th September 2021. Author: Nathan OKell.