UPDATE: Two weeks for a decision on future of Fishergate bus lanes

Fishergate towards Debenhams
Fishergate towards Debenhams
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Six appeals, which could decide the legality of Preston’s controversial Fishergate bus lanes, are being heard today.

The adjudicator, barrister Stephen knoll, has already heard evidence from five of the test cases and summed up.

But he says it would be another two weeks until his decision is announced, because of the volume of evidence to consider.

He is also conducting a site visit at Fishergate to see the road layout and signs for himself.

A Traffic Penalty Tribunal is sitting at the Legacy Preston International Hotel in Marsh Lane to rule on half a dozen test cases brought by drivers hit with £60 fines for using the bus lanes between 11am and 6pm.

The appeals all have separate grounds for complaint, including inadequate signs and a lack of road markings. And the adjudication on each one is likely to decide whether hundreds more drivers will either have to pay up, or have their penalty notices torn up.

The tribunal has so far heard that 5,500 warning letters were sent out to drivers in the two-week grace period before fines began to be issued, and 28,430 were issued from the start of the scheme in December until February 12.

Lancashire County Council also told the tribunal that of 300 drivers who appealed, 97 appeals were permitted.