A NEW traffic flow management system is set to be introduced in Tameside as part of a wider package of measures to improve safety and journey times.
The initiative, which ties in with Greater Manchester’s programme of preventing vehicles from illegally using dedicated bus lanes, will involve traffic management cameras being installed in eight locations within the borough.
It forms part of continued efforts – such as the Council’s traffic ‘pinch point’ scheme at the ASDA and BT roundabouts - to improve traffic flow and public transport journey times while at the same time improving the safety of pedestrians and cyclists on key routes.
The new bus lane traffic management cameras will ensure the borough’s bus lanes are used for public transport and not abused by other vehicles. Most drivers will not be affected by the changes but action will be taken against those who breach the regulations and drive along the bus lane.
The selected sites are known as problem areas which suffer from, for example, inappropriate parking at bus stops or people driving along bus lanes to avoid queues.
The eight locations where cameras will be sited are:
- Wellington Road bus gate, Ashton (westbound)
- Oldham Road, Ashton (southbound – near Wellington Clough)
- Oldham Road, Ashton (southbound – near Cranbrook Street)
- Oldham Road, Ashton, (northbound – near Atlas Street)
- Audenshaw Road, Audenshaw, (westbound near Lumb Lane)
- Audenshaw Road, Audenshaw, (near to the junction of Manchester Road)
- Manchester Road South, Denton (westbound near Oldham Street)
- New Beech Street/Clarendon Street (westbound from New Beech Street/Hamnett Street Junction) bus gate
In the meantime, work on the Council’s traffic pinch-point schemes is well underway and although roadworks may cause some temporary disruption, works are being carried out outside of peak hours wherever possible. The completed schemes will provide new pedestrian and cyclist facilities and provide safer access to the town centre whilst improving traffic flow.
Executive Member for Transport and Land Use, Cllr Peter Robinson said: “This is another positive step towards improving traffic flow and public transport links and ties in with our other continued work – such as the pinch point sheme – to improve safety for all road users.”
Those who breach the new regulations will face a £60 fine reduced to £30 if it is paid within 14 days. Any income the Council receives will be used to run the scheme, while any additional income from the scheme used to support other Council traffic or road safety projects.
The eight sites are clearly signposted and while pedal cyclists and black cabs (hackney carriages) will be able to use the bus lanes (excepting the two bus gates), in line with other Greater Manchester authorities, private hire taxis will not.