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Devizes bus gate - Wiltshire Council steps in after Persimmon equipment failure

November 12, 2021 10:06 AM
By WC

dzFollowing concerns raised by residents about failures with the current bus gate bollard system, Wiltshire Council will be installing an Automated Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) camera enforcement system at Keepers Road.

Any unauthorised vehicles that use the gate would be liable for a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN).

The bus gate was installed by Persimmon Homes to prohibit motor vehicles, except buses, using the route, but the mechanism keeps failing so the bollards are being left down, and car drivers have been able to get through.

Mark McClelland, Wiltshire Council Cabinet Member for Transport, said: "The new system will help to ensure that the bus gate is used correctly and result in a reduction of people incorrectly using the route. The current system failures had unfortunately resulted in the bollards being left in locked down positions and were a cause for concern due to high traffic volumes.

"We apologise for any inconvenience increased noise or delays that the installation work may cause, but we look forward to a safer junction once the works are complete. We would like to thank residents for their patience while the works are completed."

The camera will be installed on Wednesday 1 December, followed by civil engineering construction works between 13-14 December. Electrical works will take place to remove the existing arrangement and allow for installation and implementation of the new ANPR camera enforcement system. Keepers Road will be closed between 13-14 December, and bus schedules will be amended to enable the removal of the existing bollard and resurfacing works. Signage will also be installed to highlight the new scheme which will be in operation from 15 December.