Bus lanes

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About bus lanes

Bradford Council operates bus lane enforcement across the city, in areas where there is a traffic congestion issue or problems with bus lane abuse. This means that if a vehicle is captured by CCTV using a bus lane during restricted hours a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) may be issued.

Why introduce bus lane enforcement?

The aim is to give priority to certain groups of road users by excluding others during prescribed hours. This would result in improved bus reliability, increased road safety and more use of bus lanes by pedal cyclists.

Effective and efficient bus lane enforcement will allow the Council and its partners to achieve easier and more consistent journey times for buses through congested areas by allowing the free flow of bus lane traffic.

What does a bus lane look like?

Bus lanes are easily identifiable to a driver; they are clearly marked with a white line and the words Bus, Cycle and Taxi will be marked on the road in various places along the bus lane. There is also a sign before the bus lane begins clearly stating the times of operation. Bus lane camera signs are also in place.

In Bradford the operational times will depend on the bus lane, and will be clearly signed. Where no times are stated, these bus lanes are operational 24 hours, and motorist should refrain from entering these lanes at all times.

Who can use a bus lane?

Bus lanes separate buses and authorised vehicles such as hackney carriages and bicycles from other vehicles, giving priority to buses.

How does enforcement happen?

Using Closed Circuit television (CCTV) a Civil Enforcement Officer records vehicles entering the bus lanes.

The Civil Enforcement Officer watches the images, verifying the following information:

  • location (or camera reference number) of alleged contravention 
  • date, time in hours and minutes and video frame number 
  • vehicle registration number

This information is used to obtain the name and address of the registered keeper from the DVLA. A Penalty Charge Notice for £60 will be sent to the registered keeper along with a still image of the vehicle in the bus lane. This charge will be reduced to £30 if paid within 14 days.

Bus lane camera locations

Current operational camera locations are:

Name Allowed Restricted

Market Street

Buses, hackney carriages, police

All day

Nelson Street

Buses, hackney carriages, police

All day

Shipley Market Square

Buses, police

All day

Bridge Street, Broadway

Buses, hackney carriages, police

All day

Bridge Street, Market Street

Buses, hackney carriages, police

All day

Thornton Road

Buses, hackney carriages, police

Monday to Friday

4pm to 6.30pm

A650 Manningham Lane, Lister Park outbound

Buses, hackney carriages, police

Monday to Friday

3pm to 6.30pm

A650 Manningham Lane, Lister Park inbound

Buses, hackney carriages, police

Monday to Friday

7.30am to 9.30am

Bow Street, Keighley

Buses, police

All day

Nelson Street, B

Buses, hackney carriages, police

All day

A650 Bingley Road, Nab Wood

Buses, hackney carriages, police

Monday to Friday

7.30am to 9.30am

Bolton Road

Buses, hackney carriages, police

All day

Bridge Street, Interchange

Buses, hackney carriages, police

All day

Huddersfield Road Junction with Woodside Rd

Buses, hackney carriages, police

All day

Huddersfield Road Junction with Netherlands Ave

Buses, hackney carriages, police

Monday to Friday

4pm to 6.30pm

A650 Junction with Avondale Road

Buses, hackney carriages, police

Monday to Friday

3pm to 6.30pm

A650 Junction with Sleningford Road

Buses, hackney carriages, police

Monday to Friday

7.30am to 9.30am

Thornton Rd Junction with Ingleby Road

Buses, hackney carriages, police

Monday to Friday

4pm to 6.30pm

Church Bank (A) Towards Bolton Road Buses, hackney carriages, police All day
Church Bank (B) Towards Well Street Buses, hackney carriages, police All day

How can I view the images of my vehicle?

If you receive a Bus Lane Penalty Charge Notice, you may view the footage of the alleged contravention online.

Bus Lane Adjudication Service Joint Committee

The council is a member of the Bus Lane Adjudication Service Joint Committee.

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