HC Deb 13 December 1999 vol 341 cc66-7W
Mr. Reed

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what assessment he has made of the impact of the A6 bus lane in Loughborough during its trial period. [101440]

Mr. Hill

I have asked the Chief Executive of the Highways Agency, Mr. Peter Nutt, to write to my hon. Friend.

Letter from Peter Nutt to Mr. Andrew Reed, dated 13 December 1999: I have been asked by the Transport Minister, Keith Hill, to reply to your Parliamentary Question about the bus lane on the A6 in Loughborough. Proposals for a busy lane on the A6 between Quorn and Loughborough were developed by the Agency and the Loughborough Bus Partnership. Following public consultation on the proposals in October 1998, the bus lane was introduced on an experimental basis in March 1999. The results have been encouraging. Bus journey time reliability has improved in the morning peak, maximum queue lengths have been reduced, traffic flows have improved and car journey times at the height of the morning peak have improved. If you require any further details on the results gathered to date please contact Peter Adams, Project Manager for the scheme, on telephone number 0121 678 8215. We have consulted with the local authorities and the police about the future of the bus lane and are minded to make it permanent. This would require the publication of draft Orders, on which the public may make representations. We expect to announce a decision early next year and I shall write to you again nearer the time.

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