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Bus lanes in Camberley, Guildford and Woking among the areas in Surrey set for new £60 fines

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Bus lanes in Camberley, Guildford and Woking among the areas in Surrey set for new £60 fines

Published by Local Democracy Reporter Rebecca Curley at 3:24pm 18th February 2020.

Fines for driving in bus lanes will be rolled out across the whole of Surrey as the county council considers running its own fleet of buses to get people out of their cars.

There are 13 designated bus lanes in Surrey with fines already enforced in High Street, Woking.

Cameras are due to be introduced in Guildford later this year

The other 11 areas will also see the fines of around £60 – or £30 if paid within 14 days – for motorists who drive into bus lanes adopted and rolled out months after. 

The 13 bus lane locations in Surrey:

  • Haven Way, Epsom
  • Alexandra Way, Epsom
  • Onslow Street, Guildford
  • Woodbridge Road, Guildford
  • A25 Parkway, Guildford
  • A320 Woking Road, Guildford
  • Langshott, Horley
  • Kingston Road, Staines
  • Staines Road West, Sunbury
  • A30 London Road, Camberley
  • The Green, Tatsfield
  • High Street/The Broadway, Woking
  • Victoria Way, Woking

Surrey County Council cabinet members are set to approve the enforcement roll out on Tuesday 25 February.

Bus Lane

Speaking ahead of the meeting, council leader Tim Oliver said any money generated from the fines will be used to support transport links in the county. 

He said: “The public will see this as raising revenue but any revenue raised will be invested into bus lanes and cycle paths.”

The cabinet member for highways will have delegated powers to decide when to introduce cameras to the other 11 sites.

He said the council is now looking at other ways to make it easier for residents in Surrey to use buses. 

One scheme being considered is for the county council to own a fleet of smaller, hopper-style buses that will work on a continual loop. 

Cllr Oliver said: “The biggest producer of carbon is transport so we need to encourage people to get out of their cars and to walk, cycle or share transport.”

He said one of the reasons people are reluctant to use buses is because they are “not frequent and not that reliable”. 

But he said bus operators would be reluctant to run non-commercial routes, so the county council could look at that instead. 

Cllr Oliver added: “There needs to be a whole plan around how people can access that [a bus] and get congestion out of the town centre. 

“We could see a scheme where we have a fleet of vehicles or lease buses and we use an operator to run it for us.”

Bus Lane

Around 40 per cent of carbon emissions in Surrey are generated by transport. 

A council report into transport challenges from 2017 found that 86 per cent of households in Surrey own a car, compared to 73 per cent nationally. 

And that the satisfaction rate with local bus services was 59 per cent compared to 63 per cent nationally. 

The council has a programme called Rethinking Transport which is looking into ways to change how people commute and travel in the county. 

SCC chief executive Joanna Killian said another solution to congestion and traffic problems in Surrey was to work more closely with other public bodies such as the NHS, adding that around 10-15 per cent of car journeys are for hospital and health appointments which can often last about five minutes. 

She wants to work with health bodies to look at where shorter appointments can be held online or closer to larger groups of people such as town centres or business industrial estates.

There are 17 bus operators working across 92 different contractual arrangements in the county. 

The cost of congestion – measured by looking at the value of fuel used, time wasted by workers sitting in traffic jams and indirect costs such as business fees from company vehicles – is estimated to be about £550 million per year in Surrey, according to a report for the Rethinking Transport programme.