Bus lanes

Bus lanes are intended to reduce journey times for buses along main routes particularly at peak times. 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
  • livered emergency service vehicles
  • solo 2 wheeled motorcycles
  • 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, 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.

Proposed changes to bus lane operating times

Notice is hereby given that Hull City Council proposes to make orders under Sections 1, 2(1) to (3), 4(2) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, and in pursuance of powers granted by the Secretary of State under Section 74 and Part 2 of Schedule 8 and under Paragraph 8 of Schedule 9 of the Traffic Management Act 2004.

Following the decision by the council’s cabinet in October, traffic regulation orders (TROs) have now been initiated.

The effect of the orders will be to reduce the operational times of all the existing bus lanes in the city to 7am to 9.30am and 4pm to 6.30pm, Monday to Saturday. This balances the needs of everyone using the roads, and still gives priority at peak times to cyclists and those using public transport.

The waiting and loading restrictions in operation on Beverley Road, Spring Bank and Holderness Road will also change. The operating times will match the times the bus lanes are in operation.

The changes will enable us to balance the different demands on road space. As well as optimise efficient use of the bus lanes for cyclists and public transport during periods of peak hour travel.

You can view the draft orders and other related documents at -

Guildhall Reception
The Guildhall

Enquiries relating to the proposals can be made to -

Traffic Services
Wilson Centre Floor 1
Alfred Gelder Street

Telephone - 01482 614865, 9am to 4pm, Monday to Friday.

To make an objection to the proposed orders, you must put the grounds for your objection in writing using ref: JGO/39800-1449 and send them to -

Legal Services at Hull City Council
The Guildhall

Objections must be received by Sunday 17 December 2023.

Note that your objection and your personal details will kept on file so that we can contact you direct to address the issues raised. If you do not wish your personal data to be retained by the council, you must tell us why when submitting your objection.