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Bus camera hits villagers

The bus lane on Kirklands Park Street in Kirkliston.

The bus lane on Kirklands Park Street in Kirkliston.

A bus lane camera in Kirkliston has snapped almost 3000 motorists since it was switched on just 10 months ago.

Kirkliston has snapped

almost 3000 motorists 
since it was switched on
just 10 months ago.

The camera at Kirklands Park Street is situated on a busy road which links the new housing developments in the village.

The camera was installed last August to curb motorists from creating a rat run through the estates as the road links both Queensferry and Stirling roads without having to negotiate the busy Crossroads junction.

But figures reveal that more than 10 drivers per day are being caught out and their failure to stop has boosted the council’s coffers by around £77,000 in fines.

Residents have complained that the “bus gate” which divides the street is not well signposted, and that it is simply catching out visitors to showhomes on a nearby 
housing estate.

But Almond ward councillor Norman Work said: ‘‘ People have complained to me about the bus camera but the signs are there for everyone 
to see. I believe it is adequately signposted.

‘‘I agree that the bus camera does mean residents in those estates have only one exit depending where they live as opposed to two but that is the reason for the camera in the first place.

‘‘I have seen lorries ignoring the cameras to avoid congestion which builds up in the centre of the village.’’

Councillor Work added however, that he has taken residents complaint onboard and has now requested the city council to paint the road section in question red, as a designated bus lane, to alert motorists.

The city council’s transport leader Councillor Lesley Hinds also agreed the camera was properly signed and had the “twin aim of combating rat-running and benefiting public transport”.

“Contraventions at this location are comparable with those at the other camera-
enforced bus gate locations in Edinburgh.

“Any surplus generated through enforcement is 
reinvested into Edinburgh’s transport infrastructure, in line with citywide transport policies.”

*The City of Edinburgh Council has installed bus eight lane cameras at sites across the city. Up to 75 people are caught per day, generating an estimated total of around £820,000 per year.

 

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