4,000 drivers caught out by notorious Midlands city centre bus gate this year

Thousands of drivers have got into trouble after entering a notorious city centre bus gate in the first half of this year. Over 4,200 motorists were slapped with fines after entering the zone which is a no-go area for cars.

The bus gate is in Victoria Square in Wolverhampton city centre at the end of Pipers Row, outside the bus station. And drivers have found themselves getting into trouble on a regular basis, either by deliberately ignoring the rules or inadvertently drifting into it after getting confused about the road layout.

Many drivers have ended up confused by one-way systems in the city centre and found themselves in the bus gate. Figures obtained by BlackCountryLive showed two cameras in Victoria Square had snared a total of 4,030 motorists in the first half of 2024 - around 27 every day on average.

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They were then hit with £60 fines, cut to £30 if paid within 14 days. It was the bus zone in the city where the highest number of motorists were caught out over the period.

Changes over recent years have sought to cut the number of cars in Wolverhampton city centre, with some roads becoming bus and taxi only or being pedestrianised completely. Signage outside the bus station alerts drivers to the fact only buses, taxis and bicycles can proceed.

Huge numbers were initially caught out at Victoria Square - almost 20,000 in 2022 as motorists adjusted to changes. While the total still remains high, there has been a big fall since then.

Elsewhere in the city, there were 1,653 breaches recorded at High Street, Wednesfield; 1,422 at Market Street and another 1,102 on Willenhall Road.