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Bus Lane 5 - inadequate warning

Reported via desktop in the Road Signage category anonymously at 18:37, Wednesday 20 October 2021

Sent to Bristol City Council less than a minute later

I am a visitor to Bristol, so I rely entirely on road signage (not local press/notices) when you make changes. I have just paid a fine for being in Bus Lane 5, having approached from Counterslip and Victoria Street under TomTom guidance (this being my long-established route of old). The single standard sign (Diagram 953B type) used for Bus Lane 5 is insignificant in the street scene and easily hidden from the driver of a small car by a cyclist/pedestrian. The road marking is "Bus Gate" which is ambiguous, it looks like a warning for a physical bus gate (not visible, no optional road colouring or gate feature). The phrase is not in the Highway Code, only the Traffic Signs Manual, so users have to interpret. Furthermore, both are located at the bridge throat, beyond alternate routes and adjacent to zigzags, such that it's legally not possible to stop (The Zebra, Pelican and Puffin Pedestrian Crossings Regulations and General Directions 1997, 18) or safely turn around without inconveniencing many other users. Technically, you're trapped into a fine if you turn right out of Counterslip.

You should add highly visible advanced signage at preceding junctions.

I suggest a safer and more legitimate system would have been to make the road No Entry with exceptions, as per the Signage Manual.

I know I'm caught "bang to rights" - and have paid on that basis. I feel someone fell short in developing the scheme and that the way it is implemented is unfair to visitors.

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    Posted by Bristol City Council at 18:37, Wednesday 20 October 2021

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