More trial bus lane suspensions for Coventry

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Coventry City Council is set to suspend four additional bus lanes and permanently remove one bus lane, it announced last week.

As reported in CBW at the time, seven bus lanes were suspended at the beginning of the year in the first phase of a six-month trial phase. The next phase will see lanes on Kirby Corner Road, Herald Road, Radford Road and Butts Road temporarily suspended, while the bus lane on Foleshill Road will be permanently suspended between Junction 1 of the ring road and Broad Street and Lockhurst Lane.

Council leader, Cllr George Duggins, said: “I’m delighted with the way phase 1 has gone. The early results are very encouraging and I’d like to thank the bus companies for working with us. As a bus user myself, I know how important public transport is – but this project has also been about keeping all transport moving in the city – not just buses.

“The data from Phase 1 is telling us that it hasn’t affected journey times or bus reliability and that other traffic is benefitting from having an extra lane to use.”

The bus lanes will be suspended from September 22 for an initial period of six months, while the phase 1 trial will be extended for a further six months. Drivers will know which suspended bus lanes they can use when they see new signs which encourage motorists to use the newly available lanes.