21 October 2021| | 2 min read
John Dobson Street enforcement reminder
Drivers are reminded that bus lane enforcement on John Dobson Street will resume from Monday 1 November.
Additional signage, over and above legal requirements, will be in place on approaching routes to make sure drivers are aware of the restriction.
Anyone who drives through the bus lane in breach of the restriction from 1 November will receive a penalty charge notice.
Newcastle City Council confirmed earlier this month that enforcement of the bus lane would be reinstated to support the city’s recovery from the pandemic by ensuring that road networks and public transport services can operate efficiently and reliably as more people return to workplaces.
Cllr Ged Bell, cabinet member for development, transport and neighbourhoods at Newcastle City Council, said: “Good and reliable public transport networks, where bus services are not held up in traffic, are really important for our city and for our residents.
“Delays on one part of the network have a knock on effect further along the route, which can cause lateness and frustration for passengers.
“We need services to be able to operate reliably so that we can encourage more people back onto public transport, instead of making journeys by car.
“This will help to reduce carbon emissions and improve our air quality, making the city a healthier and more pleasant place for everyone.”
Enforcement of the northbound bus lane on John Dobson Street, heading towards the Civic Centre, was suspended in 2017 while the council awaited a report from the Chief Adjudicator.
Following the publication of the Chief Adjudicator’s findings last summer the city council has reviewed and updated the signage so that it will be over and above national legal requirements.