Derby bus lanes removal work starts

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Derby bus lane
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Bus operators had asked for the lanes to stay despite motorists' complaints

Work has begun to remove three bus lanes in Derby after complaints about safety.

The routes were set up on Duffield Road, Kedleston Road and Curzon Street four years ago with the aim of speeding up bus journey times.

A review was ordered when a Conservative administration took over in May 2010 due to concerns the lanes made roads dangerously narrow.

The removal work will take about a week and is expected to cost about £20,000.

Safety fears were centred on motorists who tried to overtake the buses when they picked up passengers.

The move to remove the lanes had been opposed by bus companies, who had asked for the impact of the new Derby ring road to be assessed first.

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