Traffic camera in Wiltshire stops drivers using the bus gate

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Image caption, Unauthorized vehicles ignoring the bus gate will be fined £70

  • Author, Bea Slik
  • Role, BBC News, Wiltshire

A traffic camera will be installed to catch drivers illegally using the designated bus lane.

It comes after an increase in the number of motorists using the route at Outmarsh to drive through the village of Semington.

Wiltshire Council said it is now taking enforcement action and will install the camera this month.

It added that during a recent traffic count, an average of 171 vehicle movements per day were recorded passing through the bus gate, which far exceeds the number of buses operating along the route.

The bus gate was installed in 2004 following the construction of the A350 Semington bypass and is designed to prevent traffic via the old route through the village of Semington, whilst maintaining a through route for buses.

The request for a camera was made by the Melksham Area Local Highway and Footway Improvement Group (LHFIG), which is funding the installation in partnership with Semington Parish Council.

LHFIG meets four times a year to discuss local highway issues and allocate funds to improve roads and sidewalks in the area.

Image caption, The camera is expected to be installed in June

Councilor Richard Clewer, leader of Wiltshire Council, said: “This request has been supported by both Semington and Melksham Without parish councils to tackle a long-standing problem and deter motorists from unlawfully using the bus gate.”

It is hoped the camera will improve road safety and prevent motorists from rushing through Semington in a bid to avoid traffic jams on the A350.

The fine for each unauthorized vehicle ignoring the bus gate is £70, reduced to £35 if you pay within 14 days. Any excess revenue will be used to fund the council’s parking services.

Mr Clewer added: “We know some people will argue this is a money-making exercise.

“But we want motorists to adhere to the traffic restrictions. If they do, there will be no fines and the road will be safer for the local community.”

The camera is expected to be installed in June and will be operational shortly thereafter.

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