Highways Agency Announce M4 Bus Lane Permanently Removed
|The controversial lane had been temporarily suspended for three years
The M4 bus lane has been removed permanently. The Highways Agency said that the move was to maintain improvements to journeys along the route.
The announcement coincides with the expiry of the temporary legislation under which the bus lane has been suspended since November 2010. The closure of the controversial lane had been announced three years ago by the then Transport Minister Philip Hammond.
The bus lane was criticised for being rarely used and was often referred to as the 'Blair Lane' after the former Prime Minister used it to avoid heavy traffic. But John Prescott, the Minister who introduced it had argued studies proved the bus lane reduced traffic jams.
While it was unpopular with motorists, London black-cab drivers said it helped the flow of the 4,000 daily cab journeys from the airport to central London.
The lane was temporarily restored for the London Olympics in 2012.
September 23, 2013