Cardiff Council has issued an urgent appeal after accidents in the newly created bus lanes in Caerphilly Road.
In what some may see as a “damage limitation” or legal step to mitigate insurance claims or court action, the council is urging motorists to look out for the new lane, especially when joining from side roads and to reduce speed.
The statement says, “The scheme on Caerphilly Road is nearing completion and as with any change in a road layout, drivers using this stretch of road are being asked to be especially vigilant and take care when crossing the bus lanes after a number of collisions in the last month.
“As part of the scheme, additional warning signs and road markings are being installed by the City Council. Additional road markings will target motorists approaching the junctions of Heol Dyfed, Pum Erw Road, Pedair Erw Road and Tair Erw Road asking them to slow down as they approach the junctions.
“Police collision reports indicate that only two out of the six accidents involved cars crossing the bus lane. The remaining incidents involved driver error manoeuvres on the main carriageway.”
In a further note, the council says the project is in accordance with Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions 2016.
The Council has also written to Cardiff Bus, other bus and taxi operators to ask them to reduce vehicle speed as they approach the side road junctions where the solid bus lane white line ends.