2921Re: [carfree_cities] Bus Lanes
- Apr 1, 2001
> Bus lane drivers face 700 more camerasMeanwhile, 200 miles north-northwest:
> Mayor Ken Livingstone is determined to drive motorists from the
> capital's 700 bus lanes to speed bus journeys and relieve pressure on
> the Tube.
From the Manchester Evening News "Motoring" section, 30/3/01:
"A motorists' chances of being slapped with a parking ticket in beautiful,
downtown Manchester today are nearly four times higher than two years ago.
The city - regarded by many drivers as one of the most car-hostile
in Britain - has handed out an average of 100,000 penalty fines a year for
illegal parking since a private company took over street patrolling from
police traffic wardens in 1999.
Until then yellow-capped wardens wrote out between 25,000 & 30,000
tickets in an average 12-month period.
Meanwhile, the nondescript blue-coats of Control Plus, who were
contracted by Manchester City Council when the system was privatised and
now provide on-street patrols late into the night, have handed the local
authority a �1m-a-year windfall.
That money, says the council, is ringed-fenced for city centre
A council spokesperson explains: Our priority is to make
Manchester better for pedestrian, cyclists and non-car users.
However, in partnership with National Car Parks, the council is
responding more to motorists' needs by opening two new car parks - with
620 places at Oxford Road and 720 at the Great Northern, on Deansgate."
There is no comparison with London's bus lanes. The city of Manchester
itself has about 3-4 miles of bus lanes. Driving in them is not a problem,
but parking *is*.
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