Council says Sheffield bus lanes here to stay

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Sheffield Council has ruled out the idea of following an experiment by the elected Mayor of Liverpool to scrap bus lanes.

Joe Anderson, Labour Mayor of the Merseyside city, says he understands bus lanes are ‘not benefiting the city as planned, are not leading to an increase in bus usage, and may actually be making congestion worse’.

Sheffield Council’s opposition Liberal Democrat leader, Coun Shaffaq Mohammed, said: “I’d like to see if Sheffield would be interested in this idea to help motorists.”

But Coun Leigh Bramall, cabinet member for business, skills and development at Sheffield Council, said: “Sheffield recently launched a Bus Partnership Agreement aimed at improving bus services across the city.

“Bus lanes at specific key locations play an important part in our work to improve public transport and in the first year to date the number of people paying to use the buses increased by almost 15 per cent, which indicates the agreement is working.

“Consequently we have no plans to remove bus lanes as Liverpool has announced.

“However, along with every other city in the country, I am sure we will be watching Liverpool’s experiment with interest.”