HGVs on Welsh bus lanes are a grave threat to road safety, warn campaigners.
Campaign for Better Transport, along with four other NGOs and charities, has written to Ken Skates AM, the Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Transport, National Assembly for Wales, to oppose plans to allow heavy goods vehicles to use bus lanes on certain roads in Wales.
Philippa Edmunds from Campaign for Better Transport, said:
“The plans put forward by Nick Jones, the Traffic Commissioner for Wales, to allow HGVs to use some bus lanes in Wales are not only dangerous to cyclists and pedestrians but would have a huge effect on bus reliability, be detrimental to air quality and be a nightmare to enforce.
“Bus lanes exist to improve bus journey times, so increasing the number of vehicles using bus lanes would inevitably undermine the journey time savings they provide for bus users. Also, children and other pedestrians would have greater exposure to emissions as the lorries would be closer to the kerb.
“We are writing to voice our concern about Nick Jones’s plans and we believe just a cursory evaluation should be enough to reject this idea. Should any full evaluation be carried out it is vital that road safety organisations, bus & sustainable transport campaigners and walking and cycling bodies are fully involved as well as highway groups and road haulage trade associations.”
Notes to Editors
- The letter to Ken Skates AM has been signed by Philippa Edmunds, Freight on Rail Manager, Campaign for Better Transport, Roger Geffen, Policy Director,Cycling UK , Rachel Maycock, Wales Manager/Rheolwr Cymru, Living Streets Cymru , Steve Brooks, National Director, Sustrans Cymru and Joshua Harris, Director of Campaigns, Brake, the road safety charity.
- Read the letter here
- Campaign for Better Transport is the UK's leading authority on sustainable transport. We champion transport solutions that improve people's lives and reduce environmental damage. Our campaigns push innovative, practical policies at local and national levels. Campaign for Better Transport Charitable Trust is a registered charity (1101929).