Local Conservatives are claiming a partial victory in their campaign to force the Green Administration of Brighton & Hove City Council to allow motorcycles and scooters to use bus lanes in parts of the City.
Hove MP Mike Weatherley and Hangleton & Knoll Ward councillor Tony Janio have been working closely with the Motorcycle Action Group since 2010 to bring about this change, which evidence suggests could reduce congestion, improve road safety and even cut down on air pollution.
A report is being brought before the Council’s Transport Committee on 27th November recommending a trial scheme be introduced on two small stretches of road – the A23 between Carden Avenue and Preston Drove and the A259 between Longridge Avenue and the Ovingdean roundabout. But Cllr. Janio has submitted a letter to the Committee requesting that the trial be extended to include the city centre where it could make a much bigger impact.
Cllr. Janio said: “I am delighted that the Council has accepted in principle the case that allowing motorbikes and scooters to use bus lanes could bring massive benefits to all road users but at the same time I am frustrated that they are not prepared to show the ambition to take this a step further by including more of the city in the trial. I shall continue to press them to do this as I believe the benefits have already been demonstrated in many national and international studies.”
Mike Weatherley added: “It is great news that our work with the Motorcycle Action Group has paid off and that sharing bus lanes looks set to go ahead. However, I am exasperated that the Council is proposing to spend yet more time and council taxpayers’ money trialling a scheme for a whole year when there is already ample evidence of the benefits. In my view they should just get on with it.”