Kent

Cars in Chatham bus station numbers fall

  • 6 July 2013
  • From the section Kent

Numbers of motorists flouting regulations and driving through Chatham's bus station have fallen by more than 40%, Medway Council has said.

The bus station has restrictions in place to stop all vehicles apart from buses, taxis and bicycles entering it.

But when the restrictions started being enforced last year it was found that 96 motorists were driving through the bus station each day.

The council said that had fallen to 56 a day after a safety campaign.

Councillor Phil Filmer, cabinet member for frontline services, said having fewer vehicles driving through the bus station, which opened in October 2011, made it safer for pedestrians.

He said the station was used by about 60,000 people each week including many school children.

Adding that up to 30,000 cars drove around the bus station and through Chatham each day, he said the 56 still driving through the station were a very small minority.

But Mr Filmer said the council was still trying to work to stop any drivers flouting regulations, adding: "It only takes one car to cause an accident."

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