Controversial QA Hospital bus lane named one of the most profitable for fines in country

The Queen Alexandra Hospital
The Queen Alexandra Hospital
  • Bus lane at QA Hospital named in list of most lucrative for driver fines
  • Lane in Cavell Drive made £780.50 in gross income a day on average
  • Most lucrative bus lane in England made nearly £6,000 a day
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A controversial bus lane at the Queen Alexandra Hospital has been named one of the most profitable in the country for driver fines.

The lane, in Cavell Drive, made £780.50 gross income per day from fines between July 22 and November 11 last year.

According to Freedom of Information data from the BBC, the lane is the 31st most lucrative in the country for the average amount of income made.

As The News previously reported, drivers have complained that the signs on the bus lane are not clear enough.

The data, which was released today, also shows 3,004 penalty notices were given to drivers during the same period, with £91,318 made in income since the cameras were switched on.

Alan Cufley, director for transport, environment and business support at Portsmouth City Council, said: ‘Bus lanes should only be used by buses, cyclists, hackney cabs and emergency services and are there to make buses quicker and reduce journey times. By using cameras we hope that we will very quickly change people’s behaviour and improve the safety and flow of bus lanes. This is already working as the number of penalty charge notices issued at Cavell Drive has reduced by 51 per cent since it was installed.

‘This is not a profit-making exercise but a way of improving sustainable travel around the city. Any money taken in fines is reinvested to make improvements to roads and transport in the city.’

A total of three other Portsmouth roads were named in the national list.

Winston Churchill Avenue made £321.95 gross income a day, Commercial Road made £294.79 a day and Bishop Crispian Way made £279.06.

The most lucrative bus lane in England was in the northbound section of John Dobson Street in Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

The local council revealed that between 23 February and 31 October 2016 it issued 62,975 penalty charge notices, making a total of £1.5m, equivalent to £5,960 a day.