WHY is our council, in its infinite wisdom, putting a bus lane from Plantation Drive to Princess Drive?

I only trust they will limit, as other towns do, the times for the buses, for example 7.30am to 10.30am and 4.30pm to 6.30pm.

Could they please explain the reason for this sudden imposition?

Keith N Gray, Boroughbridge Road, York.


• R WALTON of the Boroughbridge Road area queried (Letters, November 13) the wisdom of creating 500-metre long inbound bus lanes along the A59 corridor.

These are part of the priority measures for services from the planned Poppleton Bar Park&Ride service.

Your correspondent may not appreciate that these bus lanes will also act as bus ‘‘gates’’ and operate in a similar manner tothose on the Hull Road from Grimston Bar.

When a bus enters the lane, its specially-fitted transponder will begin to halt vehicles in the adjoining lane by turning new traffic lights to red alongside the bus lane’s exit.

Then, parallel bus-only traffic lights will change to green at the bus lane exit, allowing the bus to jump the queue of cars etc.

A series of these queue relocation gates will ensure that the bus journey time becomes competitive with that of the car.

It will encourage drivers approaching the city to use the P&R service. Citywide these already remove more than seven million car journeys a year from the city centre, creating better travel conditions for those living more locally.

Paul Hepworth, Windmill Rise, Holgate, York.