Highways and Planning Cabinet Member – Minutes – 19 May 2009
57 (25) BUS PRIORITY LANE, OSWALD ROAD, SCUNTHORPE – The Service Director Highways and Planning submitted a report seeking approval for the implementation of a ‘Bus Priority Lane’ Traffic Regulation Order and to consider an objection received with respect to the proposals.
Traffic congestion and the lack of bus priority measures were major factors affecting the ability of bus companies to deliver consistently reliable and punctual arrivals at bus stops. There was a commitment in the Labour Party Manifesto to encourage public transport and investigate the development of bus lanes. A problem seemed to exist on Oswald Road in Scunthorpe and therefore consideration had been given to providing a bus priority lane at this location.
An objection was received from the Superintendent Registrar who was concerned that the removal of parking directly outside the Register Office would cause an inconvenience to visitors to the office.
The proposed bus priority lane would be operational between the hours of 15.30 and 18.30, seven days a week. The order would also allow the bus lane to be used by taxis and cyclists.
The Draft Order and Statement of Reasons for the Order, and a location plan showing the extents of the proposed Bus Priority Lane were appended to the report.
Resolved – (a) That a Bus Priority Lane be implemented on Oswald Road from Comforts Avenue to Station Road between the hours of 15.30 and 18.30, seven days a week, and (b) that the objector is written to with the results of the decision in accordance with the statutory procedure.
The Department for Transport (DfT) had published a consultation document containing proposals for improving road safety beyond 2010, as far as 2030. Responses had to be returned to the DfT no later than 14 July 2009.
The proposals took account of wider ‘Sustainable Transport’ policies and included eight ‘key challenges’, identified through evidence analysis. There were four key targets included in the proposals and 13 key performance indicators.
It was proposed that the North Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership submit a local response to the consultation document, and that the North Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership contribute to and support a Humber region response, developed through Safer Roads Humber.
Further details of the proposals were set out in the report and appendices.
Resolved – (a) That the Head of Safer Roads prepare a North Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership response to the draft strategy and submits this for Cabinet Member approval in time for submission to the DfT by the due date of 14 July 2009, and (b) that the North Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership contribute to and support a Humber region response, developed through Safer Roads Humber.
Where there is no report this is because it is exempt, as it contains information which is considered to be of a confidential nature, as detailed in the Local Government (Access to Information) Act.