Late running buses to be given priority at traffic lights

Buses running behind schedule will be shown green as they approach the traffic lights

 
A new system is to be installed in Swansea which will allow buses that are running behind schedule to be given priority at traffic lights.
Under the new system, buses that are running late will be shown green as they approach the traffic lights, giving them priority over the other vehicles sat at or approaching the lights at the same time, a move which could aggravate other road users.
The system will know when a bus is running late and will have the ability to change the sequence of the lights along their route. This will speed up their journey time and help them to catch up, as well as putting a stop to delays for customers.

Buses running behind schedule will be shown green as they approach the traffic lights

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As the data is collected it will then be transmitted into the local authority in Swansea and if a bus is running slightly late, the system will kick in and change the lights in favour of the bus.
This new technology may also be installed in Cambridge, London and Newcastle in the not too distant future, however discussions are underway concerning the traffic light system.
This latest revelation comes after motorists have been warned that they could face prosecution whilst stopped at a red light thanks to Advanced Stop Lines (ASL).
All drivers know that if you run a red light you could be handed a fine if caught but a lot of motorists have no idea that they could be penalised whilst sitting waiting at the lights.
These ASL boxes are found in cities and some towns up and down the country and have been designed so that cyclists have a safe place to stop whilst mingled in with other traffic when the lights are on red.
When the lights turn to green, the cyclists can move safely ahead of the other vehicles behind them.
A driver can be fined £100 and given three penalty points if caught in the ASL box at traffic lights.
 
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