Liverpool axes 22 bus lanes, leaving just four

A proposal, due to go before the city’s ruling Cabinet this week, is to axe all but four of Liverpool’s bus lanes, after controversial mayor Joe Anderson branded them “useless.”

It comes almost a year after they were suspended, and have since been open to all traffic.

The four that will survive – Lime Street, The Strand, James Street and St John’s Lane – would also become time-restricted rather than all day.

Mayor Joe Anderson said: “A number of issues that have emerged during the discussions include the level of indiscriminate parking on some of our key bus lane routes which disrupt traffic flow.”

UPDATE (24 October): The council has voted to scrap the lanes leaving just four, which will be re-introduced on 24 November.

Traffic Regulation Orders for the bus lanes will be revoked with new orders introduced for the four remaining lanes.

Councillors also approved moves to study the possibility of ‘red routes’ to deal with ‘indiscriminate street parking’.