Call to axe ‘underused’ bus lane
ABUS lane on one of Rochdale’s busiest roads should be scrapped because ‘it’s hardly used’.
That’s the view of council leader Richard Farnell who has asked highways bosses to look into the possibility of axing the lane on John Street near the town centre. He says the priority lane causes greater congestion for other vehicles
Coun Farnell said: “The junction at the top of John Street is one of the busiest in the borough. There have been even bigger tailbacks there recently because of road resurfacing work at the top end of Yorkshire Street.
“However, what frustrates motorists even more is that the bus lane right along John Street is adding to the congestion. It is hardly used. If it were removed and the lane opened up to all traffic, it would allow many more vehicles to pass through this junction. It would speed things up no end.
“Many towns and cities are reviewing the effectiveness of bus lanes. While some are vital to keep buses moving, many just add to the growing congestion problems on our busy roads. “That’s why I have asked the council’s traffic engineers to investigate the John Street bus lane with a view to scrapping it.”
Coun Farnell has also asked for a review of the timings at town centre traffic lights to ensure tailbacks are kept to an absolute minimum.
●●Council leader Richard Farnell (inset) has called for the bus lane on John Street to be axed.