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No return for the bollards as Silver Street gets ANPR


By Gemma Gardner


Motorists are being warned that ANPR cameras in Silver Street, Cambridge, will go live at the end of the month.

New ANPR cameras at the 'Bus Gate' at Cambridge railway station. Picture: Keith Heppell. (11912742)
New ANPR cameras at the 'Bus Gate' at Cambridge railway station. Picture: Keith Heppell. (11912742)

Restricted access in Silver Street has been in place since August 2003, but the existing rising bollards will now be replaced by ‘bus gates’. It means the once regular sight of vehicles getting stuck on the bollards while trying to sneak through the restrictions will be consigned to history.

The gates use Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras to capture unauthorised traffic going through them.

Cllr Mathew Shuter, Cambridgeshire County Council’s highways and infrastructure committee chairman, said: “This new bus gate on Silver Street will provide a more effective way of managing the existing traffic restrictions, support buses services, ease congestion and improve air quality.

“Any unauthorised vehicles driving through the site during the operating times will receive a warning notice during the first three weeks to allow drivers to get used to the new ANPR enforcement cameras, before official penalty notices start being issued.

“I would like to take this opportunity to remind members of the public to take note of the bus gate signs on Silver Street and around other sites in Cambridge, to avoid being fined.”

New ANPR cameras at the 'Bus Gate' at Cambridge railway station. Picture: Keith Heppell. (11912734)
New ANPR cameras at the 'Bus Gate' at Cambridge railway station. Picture: Keith Heppell. (11912734)

The scheme differs from the other bus gates installed in the city as drivers will only have access to Silver Street from midnight until 10am heading into town, and then from 4pm until midnight going out of town.

Outside of those times, access will be restricted to buses, taxis and emergency services. If vehicles are caught travelling in the area during these times they will be fined.

Additional temporary warning signs will be placed in the area to give extra advice to drivers ahead of the official penalty notices being issued.

Bus gates are already in operation on four other sites in Cambridge city centre – on Station Road, Bridge Street, Emmanuel Road and Regent Street/St Andrews Street.

In the last financial year more than 60,000 penalty notices were issued to motorists who failed to acknowledge the restricted access signs at the bus lanes. The change to ‘bus gates’ was driven by a need to replace rising bollards which are expensive to run and have outdated technology.



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