Bus lanes

Please note -

From Monday 13 July bus lanes will be enforced from 7am to 6.30pm Monday - Saturday

The extension of the bus lane times is being made under an Experimental Traffic Regulation Order which means that we are trialling it to see how it works and taking comments and concerns from residents and businesses over the next 6 months before deciding whether it should be made permanent, removed or changed to something different.

Traffic levels are lower across the middle of the day than during the peak travel periods and we anticipate that the impact on traffic flows will be minimal, however seeing what happens is the point of the trial. It also enables us to create a space that will encourage more people out of their vehicles and onto cycles by improving safety for cyclists away from the main flow of traffic.

The Secretary of State announced a new emergency active travel fund to support implementation of - pop-up bike lanes, widened pavements, cycle and bus-only corridors. Securing the available funding and having the ability to bid for additional funding later in the year (up to £1.36m) is dependent on the rapid delivery of schemes by the end of August 2020.

Access Emergency active travel fund page for more information.

There is a huge opportunity to increase cycling levels further in Hull. As many people start to go back to work, we need those who can walk or cycle to continue to do so, and to be joined by many more.  With public transport capacity reduced in the city, cycling and walking needs to become the new norm for many more journeys.

Bus lanes are intended to reduce journey times for buses along main routes particularly at peak times. A full bus can replace up to 70 vehicles on the road, as a result a bus lane gives the bus passengers priority over normal drivers. Bus lanes are only installed on major corridor routes into and out from the city centre.

The bus gate at monument bridge is a totally separate item as it prohibits general traffic all day every day.

Who can use an active bus lane

During operational hours only the following vehicles are permitted to use bus lanes –

  • bicycles
  • any bus or vehicle with seats to carry ten people including the driver
  • liveried emergency service vehicles
  • solo two wheeled motorcycles - excludes those with a sidecar
  • Hackney carriage or licensed private hire vehicle

Our system should recognise taxis and private hire vehicles licensed in Hull and East Riding of Yorkshire, vehicles registered elsewhere may be issued with a penalty notice. In this situation owners should appeal and present proof that the vehicle is licensed.

Other vehicles making use of bus lanes during operational times will be subject to a penalty charge.

Identifying a bus lane

Bus lanes are divided from the remaining carriageway by a solid thick white line and the words ‘Bus Lane’ are periodically marked on the road. The approach to a bus lane and after every junction is covered by appropriate signs and road markings as described in the Highway Code. Blue bus lane signs are also present alongside the bus lane.

When you can use a bus lane

Any vehicle can use a bus lane outside of the operational hours. You are also permitted to cross a bus lane where necessary provided you do so in the shortest possible distance. You must not use a bus lane to avoid traffic and reach your location.

In addition there are instances when you may have no other choice but to move into a bus lane for example to -

  • avoid an obstruction in the road, such as roadwork or a spillage
  • make way for an emergency services vehicle
  • avoid an accident

If you have to move into a bus lane, please do so only for as long as is required.

Carr Lane Bus Gate operational times 24 hours a day 7 days a week.  This has the same vehicle authorisation as all bus lanes.


Bus lane enforcement ensures the free flow of traffic across the city and is mainly used in areas where there is a traffic congestion issue or a problem with bus lane abuse. Both the police and the council have responsibility for enforcing the correct use of bus lanes in Hull.

Since June 2015 we have installed 14 automatic number plate recognition fixed cameras in a number of bus lanes across the city. If incorrect use of a bus lane is detected we will review the video of the incident to check for mitigating circumstances and assess if it is appropriate to issue a penalty charge notice. All bus lane penalty charge notices are sent to your DVLA registered address by first class post.

These cameras are in addition to the enforcement work already carried out by the police. In the event that both the police and the council take action against you for the same vehicle for the same set of circumstances the council cease proceedings so the police can continue their enforcement. You should notify the council of police action by completing the form sent to you with your penalty charge notice.

The legal authority to control bus lanes within Hull is contained within a Traffic Regulation Order (TRO).