Collision on first day of bus lane

Crash on Central Drive bus lane on March 3, 2014
Crash on Central Drive bus lane on March 3, 2014
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Blackpool’s new bus lane had to be closed for around an hour on its first full day of operation following a collision between a bus and a car.

A red Ford Fiesta was turning out of Vance Road onto Central Drive when the incident happened just after 5pm on Monday.

No-one was hurt and the bus is now back on the road after being repaired.

Coun John Jones, cabinet member for transport, said: “It is always worrying to hear about an incident on the road but thankfully in this case there were no injuries and it was all resolved quickly.

“We have put up a lot of signs explaining that there is a new road layout in place and I urge people to take notice of them.

“It is a new system and it will take people time to get used to it.

“I know that the hoteliers in this area have always had reservations about the scheme but it has been done to improve the public transport routes and I’m confident it will have a positive impact.”

Blackpool Police said they were called to the incident at 5.12pm and the road was cleared by 6.30pm.

The bus lane has been created using funding from the Government’s Better Bus Fund.

It means southbound services can avoid the one-way loop up Albert Road and Coronation Street, which is expected to save an average of three minutes off journey times.