Bury Council at it’s last full meeting agreed changes to the three bus lanes that operate around Bury Town Centre, following serious concerns about the flow of traffic and congestion causes in some places.
Three major changes are to take place as a result of the review:
In light of the current Lidl proposal to realign Bolton Road and Victoria Street that the sections of bus lane on Bolton Road are left in situ. The bus lane at Victoria Street will be realigned and the new layout should make the bus lane easier to negotiate by drivers. It is recommended that the new layout is reviewed after 6 months.
The termination point of the bus lane is moved approximately 20 metres south. In addition the bus stop at the end of the lane is also relocated further south.
The bus lane on Rochdale Road is experimentally suspended for up to 18 months and reviewed after 6 months. In addition to this the effects of the experimental suspension are reviewed after 6 months.
At the meeting Bury Liberal Democrat Tim Pickstone asked the Council Leader if this review could now be extended to the bus lanes in the south of the Borough, which is principally the bus lanes on the 135 route near to Heaton Park and on the A56 in Whitefield. The Council Leader agreed that the review would be extended to these areas.
If you have any thoughts on how we could improve our bus lanes (or if these lanes are indeed helpful in these places) please do not hesitate to let us know and we can feed this into the review.
The full council report is here.