More passengers on buses means fewer cars on the road, which means better air quality and quicker journeys for everyone. Bus lanes reduce travel times, which means more people are likely to use buses. So the lanes are really important to help support public transport, reduce congestion and keep Warrington moving.
Bus lanes and fines
Between Academy Way and Winwick Street.
Buses, taxis and cyclists at all times.
Between Birchwood Way and Ordnance Avenue.
Buses only at all times.
Accessed from Whittle Avenue.
Buses, taxis, cyclists only between 7am and 7pm Monday to Sunday.
Leading to Bridge Foot.
Buses, taxis and cyclists only between 7:30am – 9:30am Monday to Saturday.
Leading to Sankey Street.
Buses, taxis and cyclists at all times.
Access to/from Bridge Foot.
Buses, taxis and cyclists only at all times.
Leading to the Brian Bevan roundabout.
Buses, taxis and cyclists only between 7.30am - 9.30am and 4.30pm - 6.30pm Monday to Sunday.
Next to the Halliwell Jones Stadium.
Buses and cyclists only at all times.
Police, ambulances, fire engines and other emergency vehicles can also use the bus lanes.
All of the bus lanes are clearly marked and have signs which say which vehicles are allowed, and which days/times the bus lanes are in force. All of the bus lane restrictions are still in place on public and bank holidays.
Bus lane cameras
We use Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras on some of our bus lanes so you may receive a fine, called a ‘Penalty Charge Notice’ (PCN), if you drive in one during the restricted times and you’re not driving a ‘permitted’ vehicle - we have a list of number plates for vehicles which are allowed to use the lanes.
Bus lane fines
The fine for driving in a bus lane is £60. It’s reduced to £30 if you pay within 14 days, and increases to £90 after 28 days. We send them in the post, in line with the Department for Transport (DfT) guidelines.
Appeal a bus lane ticket
In your written appeal you must tell us:
- your vehicle registration number (number plate)
- your PCN reference number - this starts with WI followed by 8 numbers
- the date it was issued
- why you think it should be cancelled
- if someone else was driving
- if it was a hire car/van
- any other information you think is relevant
If you didn’t own the vehicle at the time the ticket was issued, let us know:
- the date that you sold or bought the vehicle
- the name and address of the buyer, seller or driver
You’ll also need to include any supporting information or documents, such as hire agreements, proof of purchase, proof of sale, etc.
The appeals process
You must appeal within 28 days, or it may be automatically refused. If you don’t appeal within 14 days, you won’t be able to pay the reduced fee of £30 if the appeal is refused.
Stage 1 – Representations
To appeal you need to fill in the representation form attached to your ticket.
If we accept your representation, we’ll cancel the ticket, and let you know by email or letter.
If we refuse your representation, we’ll send you a Notice of Rejection letter with a Traffic Penalty Tribunal (TPT) appeal form attached. You can now either pay the fine or appeal to the TPT, which is an independent organisation who won’t charge you to appeal.
Stage 2 – Charge Certificate
If you don’t pay the fine or appeal to the TPT within 28 days, we’ll issue a Charge Certificate. This will increase your fine to £120.
You’ll no longer have the right to appeal at this stage.
If you don’t pay the Charge Certificate within 14 days, we may register the debt through the county court, and it’s likely that you may have to pay further costs.
The legal stuff
We can issue fines under The Bus Lane Contraventions (Approved Local Authorities) (England) (Amendment) (No. 8) Order 2006 (SI No.2006/3419).
We're an approved local authority for the purposes of section 144 of the Transport Act 2000 (civil penalties for bus lane contraventions).
We're a member of the Bus Lane Adjudication Service Joint Committee (BLASJC).
NSL is our contractor for Penalty Charge Notices. Contact them on 0344 800 8540.