Halesowen bus lanes to be suspended

Nick Gregory shows Halesowen and Rowley Regis MP James Morris the unused bus lane.

Nick Gregory shows Halesowen and Rowley Regis MP James Morris the unused bus lane.

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BUS lanes in Halesowen are to be suspended for an 18-month trial period in a bid to ease traffic congestion.

The move comes two-and-a-half years after Dudley Council indicated the lanes would be removed and after protracted talks with Centro, which is against the plan.

But Dudley Council’ s highways chief Councillor Khurshid Ahmed said the trial period would go ahead despite objections from the public transport authority.

Signs will go up in the next few weeks informing motorists that they can drive in the inbound bus lane on Queensway and the outbound bus lane on Bromsgrove Street.

If the trial is successful in improving traffic flow the bus lanes will be scrapped permanently, but they could be re-instated if the concerns of public transportation are not addressed Cllr Ahmed said: “During this time, we will be continually assessing the impact of this on traffic in the area and public transport access to the nearby bus station and town centre.

“We will also continue to work with Centro throughout the process to ensure bus travel remains a top priority."

Frustrated motorists have long-argued for the bus lanes to scrapped, saying they have been unnecessary since the bus station opened.

Cllr Ahmed advised motorists not to drive in the bus lanes until the suspension signs go up as they could still risk fines.

Campaigner Nick Gregory, of Howley Grange Road, who lobbied councillors, Halesowen and Rowley Regis MP James Morris and the local media, said: "I am obviously elated by the news that Dudley Council have conceded that, after many years, that the bus lanes in Halesowen serve no benefit to the local community.

"It has not been easy fight to overturn a decision by the council, and most people would have walked away, but having lived here for over 30 years, this was the worst decision I have seen in respect of trade for Halesowen.

"I regularly use the town for shopping, but at certain times of the day, I am sure a lot of people avoid it because of the back log of traffic. Rather than becoming a congestion black spot, so that people shop elsewhere, we need to regenerate and bring more income into the town."

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12:25pm Wed 5 Feb 14

Sam Vimes says...

An outbreak of common sense with the lizard people that run Halesowen? We await the rub with interest. Presumably a substantial crane will be required to suspend this particular white elephant for 18 months. I don't use the route any more but I can only imagine that doubling the capacity of the Queensway back to it's original capacity will help. I guess the police will have to find another barrel of fish to shoot if they can't nick people for using the perpetually deserted bus lane to escape the congestion it has caused since it's inception.
An outbreak of common sense with the lizard people that run Halesowen? We await the rub with interest. Presumably a substantial crane will be required to suspend this particular white elephant for 18 months. I don't use the route any more but I can only imagine that doubling the capacity of the Queensway back to it's original capacity will help. I guess the police will have to find another barrel of fish to shoot if they can't nick people for using the perpetually deserted bus lane to escape the congestion it has caused since it's inception. Sam Vimes
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3:16pm Wed 5 Feb 14

Harry Flashman says...

Common sense has prevailed indeed Sam. Well done all those involved. Obviously some people out there with a genuine interest in Halesowen
Common sense has prevailed indeed Sam. Well done all those involved. Obviously some people out there with a genuine interest in Halesowen Harry Flashman
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4:35pm Wed 5 Feb 14

mucklow hill resident says...

Finally someone has seen sense.
Bus lanes are not needed around Halesowen they cause more congestion than they resolve. Well done Sam !
Finally someone has seen sense. Bus lanes are not needed around Halesowen they cause more congestion than they resolve. Well done Sam ! mucklow hill resident
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2:47pm Tue 4 Mar 14

furby2012 says...

yes but the biggest problem which is past the swimming baths has been left out so I don't think this will have any affect. There never a queue on the police station side and once your past the traffic lights you start moving. They need to take away the bus lane past the pool because from what i've seen people are using it anyway. This makes it dangerous. take them all away otherwise its just going to cause confusion. I'll see what my journey to work is like tomorrow. I can be stuck in traffic from the tesco on the hagley road, that's ridiculous!
yes but the biggest problem which is past the swimming baths has been left out so I don't think this will have any affect. There never a queue on the police station side and once your past the traffic lights you start moving. They need to take away the bus lane past the pool because from what i've seen people are using it anyway. This makes it dangerous. take them all away otherwise its just going to cause confusion. I'll see what my journey to work is like tomorrow. I can be stuck in traffic from the tesco on the hagley road, that's ridiculous! furby2012
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