Call to axe ‘un­der­used’ bus lane

Rochdale Observer - - BYGONE DAYS - Da­mon.wilkin­ @Da­monWilkin­son6

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.

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