From the end of June, motorcycles will no longer be allowed to use most bus lanes in the borough.
The decision was taken to end the pilot by Ealing Council’s Cabinet. The council has started replacing bus lane signs with most signage to be changed by Monday, 27 June 2011 when motorcycles will no longer be permitted to use most bus lanes in Ealing. The Transport for London(TfL) trial still continues, so some routes in Ealing are still open to motorcycles and will be clearly signposted.
In the meantime, and until the changes take effect, drivers of other vehicles need to:
- be aware that motorcycles are allowed in operational bus lanes
- look out for motorcyclists when driving across bus lanes to get into and out of side road junctions, access roads and driveways.
Motorcycle riders need to:
- be vigilant and adjust their speed when using bus lanes, especially when approaching junctions
- be alert to the possibility that another vehicle may cross their path at junctions, especially when the road ahead is congested because it is more difficult to see other vehicles turning through gaps in traffic queues
- be aware that a safer speed may be considerably slower than the official speed limit
- look out for pedal cyclists in bus lanes, giving plenty of room and consideration when passing them.
Whatever vehicle you use, always check the blue signs to find out what vehicles are allowed to use a bus lane as you approach it, and to check which hours and days it is operational. Outside of operational hours, any vehicle may use a bus lane.
Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for Transport and Environment, said: “Safety for all road users is our primary concern which is why the decision was taken to end this pilot. Not only are we committed to safety, we are also doing everything we can to reduce congestion on our roads for all road users as we all know how frustrating it can be to sit in traffic.
“We have recently implemented a successful project to remove traffic lights at two junctions – one in Acton and one in Southall. The results have been very positive, the volume of traffic had increased but the average queue length had decreased by two-thirds. Pedestrian waiting times reduced by half and no accidents were recorded. Safety was a crucial consideration throughout.”
Further information on this topic is available on the transport pages.