Bus lanes extended to make public transport faster

By: Graham Gardiner


Extended bus lane times will be permanently introduced across the Sydney CBD from August 4. An RTA spokesperson says the

Extended bus lane times will be permanently introduced across the Sydney CBD from August 4.

An RTA spokesperson says the continued operation of the new bus lanes and extended operating hours is an outcome of the State Government’s mobility forum.

"When extended bus lane times were originally introduced in Sydney during World Youth Day celebrations last year, they had an immediate impact in helping public transport run more smoothly through the CBD," the spokesperson says.

"Making these changes permanent will help buses arrive on time, and ease traffic congestion."

The spokesperson says the NSW Government provided $3 million earlier this year to resurface the 10 kilometres of red bus lanes in the CBD. This makes it absolutely clear where cars can and can’t drive.

"To avoid being caught out, motorists should check bus lane signs as operating hours vary," the spokesperson says.

"An extensive advertising campaign will also begin today ahead of the enforcement campaign which will begin next month.

"Around 500 motorists illegally use CBD bus lanes every month, which can cause delays in public transport and added traffic congestion.

"The message to those drivers is to check the signs and get out of the bus lanes so the public transport system can run more smoothly."

There are 14 cameras in seven enforcement zones within the CBD area on approaches to the city such as Warringah Freeway, Oxford Street and Parramatta Road.

Driving in a bus lane attracts a $253 fine and a loss of three demerit points.

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