The Huddersfield bus lane fine hotspots as 6,000 drivers caught out

Drivers are still falling foul of Huddersfield town centre's controversial bus gates which were installed in 2016 to stop motorists clogging up key roads for buses.

The number of drivers caught out has reduced over the years but thousands are still being hit with fines every year. Critics of the bus gates have claimed they deter people from visiting the town centre and claimed the idea was simply a 'money making' scheme.

Kirklees Council issued 6,409 fines to motorists in the last 12 months across seven bus lanes.

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Figures obtained by Personal Injury Claims UK revealed the number of Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs) issued by Kirklees Council amounted to at least £224,315 - providing drivers pay the minimum amount of £35.

The standard bus lane fine in the district is £70, but it is halved if the charge is paid within 21 days.

Kirklees Council revealed that between April 6, 2023 and April 5, 2024, a total of 1,626 drivers failed to pay within the allotted time - therefore, likely paid the hiked £70 fine. If this is the case, then the council raked in £281,225 for bus lane fines alone in the last financial year.

Westgate in Huddersfield town centre -Credit:Huddersfield Examiner
Westgate in Huddersfield town centre -Credit:Huddersfield Examiner

The amounts are far lower than previous years. In their first year the bus gates racked up £951,000 in fines. And in 2019-20 it was an eye-watering £2,303,000.

Below are the worst hotspots for bus lane fines along with the number of fines in 2023-24.

  • High Street, Huddersfield - 245

  • Market Street, Huddersfield - 993

  • Market Street, junction with Westgate, Huddersfield - 872

  • Westgate, junction with Station Street, Huddersfield - 1,982

  • St George’s Square, Huddersfield - 2,309

  • Kirkgate, east bound, Huddersfield - 6

  • Kirkgate, west bound, Huddersfield - 2

YorkshireLive asked Kirklees Council to comment on the latest figures.

In a statement, David Shepherd, Strategic Director for Growth & Regeneration at Kirklees Council, said: "The bus gates in Huddersfield town centre have been in place for several years now and have been successful in restricting the movement of traffic through the town, keeping it safe for pedestrians and allowing our buses to run freely. The signs and markings comply with Department of transport and the Traffic Parking Tribunal guidelines.

"In recent years, the number of fines has reduced as motorists are more aware of the bus gates and plan their journeys accordingly." Some local authorities in Yorkshire have been issuing far more bus lane fines compared with Kirklees.

Leeds Council handed out 10,593 over the same period, while Sheffield handed out a staggering 118,953 bus lane fines. The worst hotspot in Sheffield was Arundel Gate (northeast Bound) near St Paul’s Place Service Road where 65,946 fines were given. Bradford handed out 4,528 fines and Doncaster 13,444. The full bus lane fine data can be found here.

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