New bus gate cameras in Aberdeen’s Broad Street rake in £22,000 in first month

The bus gate on Broad Street, Aberdeen
The bus gate on Broad Street, Aberdeen

A new bus gate scheme in Aberdeen city centre has seen £22,000 of fines handed out in its first month.

Following the opening of the revamped Broad Street, cameras were activated on August 17 after they were installed during the final touches of the road’s £3.2 million refurbishment to transform it into a pedestrian and bus-only area.

Anyone caught driving a vehicle other than a bus is given a £60 penalty charge notice, which can be reduced to £30 if paid within 14 days.

In the first 30 days after the cameras were switched on, almost 400 drivers were hit with fines.

A similar bus gate scheme installed on Bedford Road, near Aberdeen University, brought in £1.34m in penalty notices in its first eight months of operation.

A spokeswoman for Aberdeen City Council said: “Broad Street has two cameras on its bus gate, and it should be emphasised that motorists travelling all the way through the bus gate would have one of their two tickets cancelled.

“The total number of tickets for the first camera is 382, and the second camera is 344 tickets. These figures do not take into account any appeals or cancellations.

“There is signage to indicate part of Broad Street is for local buses and cyclists only and we would strongly advise motorists to be aware of the signage and use alternative routes.”

Broad Street’s bus gate was put in place after the city council voted to allow buses to use road as a “shared space” as part of the pedestrianisation of the route.

Liberal Democrat group leader Ian Yuill said: “You would certainly hope that because of the prominent signage, people would realise that Broad Street is a bus, pedestrian and bike only area now.

“There is obviously still quite a lot of confusion. I would hope that the frequency of fines goes down in the near future as people learn to adapt.”

Concerns had also been raised about the issues “shared spaces” pose for blind or partially sighted people as the road and pavement are on the same level.

Councillor Michael Hutchison, who represents the area, said: “This will of course raise further concerns for those groups who are already uneasy about shared spaces.”