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No signs warning of major change to bus lane

Reported in the Damaged / Missing / Facing Wrong Way category anonymously at 20:57, Fri 7 August 2020

Sent to Northamptonshire County Council less than a minute later. ref: 2235501.

Hi there, Overnight after 10+ years of being able to use the bus lane following the morning rush hour the bus lane can no longer be used.

The changes to the signs are extremely subtle. Hardly anyone noticed today, I just got lucky. Since an infringement results in points on your license and a fine I think it only fair and reasonable to place temporary warning signs.

The nearby digital sign would be ideal.

Some of the new signs are also incorrectly placed. For example some distance after the bus lane starts. Thank you very much

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  • Thank you for reporting a fault. We will use the information you have provided to assess and prioritise this fault in accordance with our published response times for fault reports.

    State changed to: Investigating

    Posted by Northamptonshire County Council at 20:57, Fri 7 August 2020

  • Additional signs have been provided to warn of the changes.

    State changed to: In progress

    Posted by Northamptonshire County Council at 07:12, Thu 26 November 2020

  • Hi, thanks for adding additional signage. It has definitely helped.

    There remains an issue with the bus lane at most of the left turns though.

    The continuous white line separating the bus lane from the running lane runs right up to each left turn.

    If you want to turn left at any of these junctions you have to brake and turn left across the path of buses, taxis and cyclists who can be completely unaware of your intentions and effectively 'undertaking' as you turn left across their path.

    Many vehicles turning left such as vans and lorries have blind spots and will not see vehicles and in particular cyclists undertaking them. Collisions and friction between drivers are inevitable. The 'right of way' is not clear either should blame need to apportioned by the authorities and insurance companies.

    May I suggest a significant section of the bus lane prior to each left turn is removed to allow vehicles to turn left safely. 4 car / 2 lorry lengths would be a sensible minimum. The 'feed in' to Duston Road as an example really isn't long enough.

    I believe the change to the lane was funded by a government scheme to encourage cycling but unfortunately the design means cyclists are now more likely to be injured.

    Please let me know if you would like me raise a separate report for this problem.

    Thanks very much

    Posted anonymously at 10:02, Thu 26 November 2020

  • This report is under further investigation.

    State changed to: Under further investigation

    Posted by Northamptonshire County Council at 10:03, Thu 26 November 2020

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