Belfast Telegraph

Liverpool scraps bulk of its system

By Chris Kilpatrick

Bus lanes were scrapped in Liverpool after the city's mayor insisted they didn't work.

The controversial lanes were suspended across Liverpool for more than a year while a review was carried out.

Just four were reinstated after the council decided to abandon the rest.

The decision followed an independent review.

Mayor Joe Anderson introduced a trial suspension in September of last year, saying bus lanes "simply don't work".

It looked at traffic flow on three main bus 'corridors'. The review included data from researchers who travelled as bus passengers.

A subsequent report said the lanes offered only marginal benefits.

It also found buses were slowed down by on-street parking, rather than other vehicles on the road.

Just four of the city's previous 26 bus lanes remain in use.

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