City bus lane to get full time sur­veil­lance

Auckland City Harbour News - - PUBLIC NOTICES - DILEEPA FONSEKA

Twenty-four-hour CCTV mon­i­tor­ing of busy bus lanes on cen­tral Auck­land’s Fan­shawe St is be­ing in­tro­duced with the aim of speed­ing the com­mutes of thou­sands.

Auck­land Trans­port spokesper­son Mark Han­nan said en­force­ment of­fi­cers on the side of Fan­shawe St would be re­placed by 24-hour CCTV sur­veil­lance on Mon­day.

Un­til now, en­force­ment of­fi­cers with a mo­bile cam­era on the foot­path had been mon­i­tor­ing the bus lane.

Han­nan said 687 in­fringe­ment tick­ets were is­sued over the past 12 months to mo­torists who had used the lanes.

‘‘We are mon­i­tor­ing the street us­ing CCTV but the fi­nal de­ci­sion on whether or not an in­fringe­ment will be is­sued still lies with a real per­son.’’

AA spokesper­son Bar­ney Irvine said the Fan­shawe St bus cor­ri­dor was one of the most im­por­tant on the net­work con­nect­ing public trans­port users to the North­ern busway, and he was ‘‘pretty com­fort­able’’ with the move.

‘‘If it’s go­ing to work it needs to be en­forced.’’

Matt Lowrie, of public trans­port ad­vo­cacy group Greater Auck­land, said cars at the in­ter­sec­tion of Halsey St and Fan­shawe St of­ten spilled onto bus lanes dur­ing peak hours.

‘‘Fan­shawe Street is prob­a­bly the busiest bus cor­ri­dor in Auck­land.

‘‘Any time there’s a car that gets stuck in the bus lane it slows down all those thou­sands of peo­ple for the ex­pense of one per­son.’’

Han­nan said 5000 peo­ple moved through Fan­shawe Street on buses dur­ing the morn­ing peak hour ev­ery day com­pared to 1800 on cars.

Cars tended to move into lanes when en­force­ment of­fi­cers were not present, Lowrie said, an is­sue that af­fected more bus lanes than just Fan­shawe Street’s and he said he would like to see the mea­sure ex­tended to bus lanes on Do­min­ion Rd, Sy­monds St and Mt Eden Rd.

‘‘We can save some money as well be­cause we’re not hav­ing to put ex­tra buses on to cope with the con­gested roads.’’

Irvine said he wouldn’t be op­posed to the ex­pan­sion of CCTV cameras on such routes pro­vided en­force­ment was ‘‘done well and done fairly’’ but that data on the ef­fec­tive­ness of the lanes needed to be ‘‘proac­tively shared’’ by Auck­land Trans­port with the public.

‘‘We need to check we are get­ting the ben­e­fits out of these that we were told we’d get.’’

JA­SON DORDAY/FAIR­FAX NZ

CCTV cameras will mon­i­tor bus lanes on Fan­shawe Street from Mon­day.

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