Aberdeen City Council could take over the running of a bus gate to improve road safety.
Proposals to create a permanent bus gate at College Bounds, by High Street in Old Aberdeen, were first mooted by the Old Aberdeen Community Council at the beginning of this year.
It was hoped that the police-controlled bus gate could be handed over to Aberdeen City Council, in a bid to improve safety in the area, which is currently a pedestrian zone.
Police-operated bus gates need to be monitored by officers before a fine is given out, whereas the council-run gate would ensure that any vehicle that is not a bus would be penalised for passing through.
The local authority is now looking to turn the pedestrian zone into a bus and cycle route only – taking control of the site from the police.
Councillor Alexander McLellan, who represents the Old Aberdeen, Seaton and Tillydrone ward, said: “I’m pleased to see the proposed traffic management scheme progressing as I believe this reflects what the community wants.
“Hopefully all going to plan, the new bus gate scheme will be in place and act as a real deterrent to those drivers flaunting the current restrictions.”
A consultation process for the bus gate is currently ongoing at the local authority, and it is expected that feedback will be given in a committee meeting next year.
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Changing the equipment to be council-run would allow enforcement by city wardens with a temporary camera, to deter drivers who flout the rules of the pedestrian zone.
It is also thought that signage should be updated to reflect that contraflow cycling is permitted, both on the High Street, and on Meston Walk and Elphinstone Road, which are all one-way streets.
An Aberdeen City Council spokesman said: “In response to public complaints about existing pedestrian zone restrictions on College Bounds between University Road and Meston Walk being contravened, we are proposing a bus gate as an alternative.
“In addition, our officers noted that the current restriction and street signage is inconsistent with College Bounds and the High Street being a cycle route.
“As such, we are proposing to alter the pedestrian zone to a local bus and cycle route only.
“The proposals are currently going through a consultation process and comments received will be reported back to committee early next year.”