Bus lanes in Reading

Bus lanes are put in place to assist public transport. Bus usage in Reading is higher than most towns and cities in the UK outside London, so having an efficient and reliable bus service is very important to many people.

Bus _Gate _Entrance

Above: Bus gate entrance signage warning of camera enforcement

 

Bus lanes and the approach to bus lanes in Reading are clearly signed. Bus lane signage is normally blue, indicating the vehicles that may use that lane or 'gate'.

Bus Lane Approach

Above: Signage shows vehicles entitled to use the bus lane.

 

Bus _Gate _Approach _Signage

Above: Bus gate signage showing alternative routes

 

Bus lanes which are in force 24 hours a day will have road markings. The lane will normally contain the words BUS LANE and will be separated from the general traffic by a solid white line. Sometimes bus lanes may also have a coloured road surface. Bus lanes which are in force for short periods will not have road markings.

Bus _Lane _Road _Markings

Above: Some bus lanes are marked on the street with a solid white line.

 

Other types of vehicles may also be entitled to use all or some of Reading's bus lanes. This is indicated by the bus lane signage. For example cycles and wheelchair accessible taxis (hackney carriages) can use the majority of Reading's bus lanes and bus gates, while certain bus lanes are available to motorcycles and to private hire vehicles at certain times.

Most bus lanes and bus gates in Reading operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, including public holidays. However, buses may use certain routes (for example areas of central Reading) at times when other vehicles may not - though these routes are not necessarily designated specifically as bus lanes.

 

All of the Bus Lanes and Gates in Reading have a relevant Traffic Regulation Order and the camera systems used for enforcement have been certified as approved devices by the Secretary of State. The Department for Transport has also authorised the signs used for many of the bus lanes. The orders, certificates and authorisations are available to download below.

 

Traffic Regulation Orders

Borough of Reading (Reading Station and Town Centre) (Movement Control Order) Order 2011

Borough of Reading (Town Centre) (Bus and Accessible Taxi Lanes) (Experimental) Order 2011

Borough of Reading (Town Centre) (Bus and Wheelchair Accessible Taxi Lanes) (Special Access Permits) Order 2012

Borough of Reading (Bus Lanes) Traffic Regulation Order 2006

Borough of Reading (Hemdean Road) (Bus Lanes) (Amendment) Order 2012

Borough of Reading (Southcote Lane) (Prohibiton of Vehicles) Order 2012

Borough of Reading (Station Access Road) (Waiting Restrictions) Traffic Regulation Order 2013

Borough of Reading (Station Access) (Movement Control) Traffic Regulation Order 2013

Borough of Reading (Bus Lanes) (Kings Road) Order 2013

 

 

Camera Certificates

BLADM 030 06/07/2009

BLAD 040 06/05/2010

BLADM 038 11/08/2010

15/04/2011 - 04/08/2011

04/08/2011 - 26/03/2012

26/03/2012 - 13/08/2012

13/08/2012 - 12/10/2012

12/10/2012 - 07/05/2013

07/05/2013 - 10/07/2013

10/07/2013 - 21/10/2013

21/10/2013 - Present

Department for Transport Sign Authorisations

2006

2008

2011

2014

 

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