Coventry City Council’s plan to suspend a number of bus lanes in the city as part of a trial is set to be introduced.
The introduction of the suspension will be phased from Monday 16 January, with yellow and black signs being placed to inform motorists which bus lanes are suspended.
Bus lanes that do not have a black and yellow sign near them have not been suspended and are still being used as bus lanes.
Leader of the Council and bus user, Cllr George Duggins, said: “We want to make it really clear for motorists which bus lanes they can use, so the signs will be up at those bus lanes that have been suspended so that motorists know that they can drive down it.”
“As a bus user myself I’m confident that we will see improvements for all road users in the locations where we remove bus lanes. I’d also like to thank the bus companies for agreeing to give this trial a go. ”
Councillor Jayne Innes, Cabinet Member for City Services, said: “We know motorists are frustrated when they sit in a queue with an empty lane next to them so we are hoping this trial will show improvements to traffic flow. Of course we want buses to run to time too so we will monitor carefully over the next six months.
"We have other work to do, like removing some of the road markings, that's why this is a phased approach. But I hope we see positive results right from the start."
The bus lanes that will be suspended in a phased approach are:
Drawings of each planned suspension can be found online.
The works to the lines and signs along the routes that are being suspended in this first phase will be complete by the end of February.
The bus lanes will be suspended for nine months under an Experimental Traffic Regulation Order. After six months, Council officers will report their findings back to Council so further decisions can be made.