PLANS to allow taxis to travel in Portsmouth’s bus lanes to improve traffic flow have been approved in principle – despite opposition.
Under the proposal approved by city council cabinet member for traffic and transportation, Cllr Jason Fazackarley, hundreds of private taxis could be allowed to share designated lanes with hackney carriages, buses and cyclists.
But the plan has sparked concerns about safety, journey times, pollution and cost.
Hilary Reed, from Portsmouth Cycle Forum, said: ‘The report fails to state that the bus lanes are also shared cycle lanes. They are basic and valued parts of the Portsmouth cycle network on Portsmouth’s busiest road.’
Cllr Fazackarley said: ‘I can’t see how it is going to have a negative impact, either on congestion or pollution in the city or cyclists. We are not proposing to put a huge amount of vehicles into bus lanes.
‘If that were the case I clearly wouldn’t be so inclined to support it.’
The plan will be subject to consultation and would have to be subject to Traffic Regulation Order before being approved.