Bus lanes in Liverpool will be scrapped from today as part of a trial to reduce congestion.
Twenty-four lanes will be suspended for the next nine months.
Commuters will be allowed to use Liverpool's bus lanes in a trial that begins today. The locations are:
- Lime St inbound
- Kensington inbound
- Warbreck Moor inbound
- Horrocks Avenue
- Strand St inbound
- Kensington outbound
- Longmoor Lane inbound
- Speke Hall Avenue
- Strand St outbound
- Prescot Rd inbound
- Wavertree Rd outbound
- Upper Parliament St inbound
- Chapel St inbound
- East Prescot Rd inbound
- Picton Rd outbound (with bus gate)
- Park Rd inbound
- London Rd (bus only right turn) outbound
- County Rd inbound
- Wavertree High Street inbound
- Irvine St, Mount Vernon inbound
- Brownlow Hill outbound
- Rice Lane outbound / Childwall Valley Rd inbound
- Old Hayment
- St Johns lane - in and outbound
All bus lane cameras will be immobilised and work will begin to removed signage.
Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, said:
"I have asked for this trial suspension so that we can explore what benefits, if any, bus lanes are bringing to our city. Keeping the city moving for our motorists, businesses, residents, commuters and visitors is absolutely vital, so it's important we take a proper look at this.
Some people have suggested to me that we shouldn't do this because the bus lanes generate income of £700,000-a-year for the council. But in my view it would be immoral to treat motorists as a cash cow.'"
The Green Party opposes the move on the basis is it discourages people to use public transport.