Ten drivers a day caught by bus lane camera

The bus lane on Kirklands Park Street in Kirkliston has become a cause of controversy among residents. Picture: Scott Taylor
The bus lane on Kirklands Park Street in Kirkliston has become a cause of controversy among residents. Picture: Scott Taylor
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A BUS lane camera which has snared almost 3000 drivers in ten months since it was switched on has been branded “unjust” by residents.

The camera at Kirklands Park Street in Kirkliston has nabbed more than ten drivers every day since it was switched on last August, resulting in £77,000 of fines.

However, residents complain that as the “bus gate” which divides the street is not well signposted, it is simply catching out visitors to showhomes on a nearby housing estate.

Colin Smith, 43, said: “It’s just inconveniencing people on the street. The majority of people that are being caught are those going from one showhome to the other, because there are two sites being built on. One is on one side of the bus gate, the other is on the on the other side. My partner’s son goes to school in South Queensferry, so in the morning she needs to go all the way around and down to the main street in Kirkliston and around the long way.

“They’re taking traffic back on to the main street, where there’s a primary school. There are going to be another 80 houses built that are on the wrong side of that camera. It’s just going to cause a traffic build-up. It should say that it’s a dead end if you can’t go through it.”

Councillor Lindsay Paterson said she was not convinced by the need for the cameras and was surprised by the number of fines. “I wonder about the value of the bus gate. Is it really benefiting the community in any way?”

But transport leader Councillor Lesley Hinds insisted the camera was properly signed and had the “twin aim of combating rat-running and benefiting public transport”.

“Contraventions at this location are comparable with those at the other camera-enforced bus gate locations in Edinburgh.

“Any surplus generated through enforcement is reinvested into Edinburgh’s transport infrastructure, in line with citywide transport policies.”

The camera has some way to go to become the most profitable in the city.

A camera on Calder Road caught 10,000 drivers in its first ten weeks.

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