Traffic Regulation Order for Coppergate

On Friday 12 August 2016 we advertised a proposal to introduce a Local Bus Priority Traffic Order for Coppergate. The proposal was confirmed on 2 December 2016 and the new restrictions came into force on 9 January 2017.

You can view the legal notice, statement of reasons and location plan.

Members of the Executive Committee agreed the proposed changes and the reintroduction of enforcement by automatic number plate recognition cameras (ANPR) on 30 June 2016. For further details, see the agenda, decisions and minutes from the meeting (item 10).

The Executive Committee considered representations to the proposal on 13 October 2016 and decided to proceed to implementation. For further details, see the agenda, decisions and minutes from the meeting (Item 60).

The new restrictions began on 9 January 2017

The access restrictions on Coppergate apply everyday from 8am to 6pm. Note: The restrictions do not apply to bicycles.

Between 8am to 6pm, only the following motor vehicles will be able to access Coppergate:

  • 8am to 10am: buses, taxis and private hire vehicles only
  • 10am to 4pm: buses, taxis, private hire vehicles and other vehicles for loading purposes in Coppergate only
  • 4pm to 6pm: buses, taxis and private hire vehicles only

Outside these times (6pm to 8am), access is not restricted.

The Executive Member for Transport and Planning, Councillor Ian Gillies commented:

"Traffic restrictions have been in place on Coppergate since the 1960's but only enforced infrequently. The reintroduction of the restriction, along with clearer and more robust signage will hopefully help to reduce congestion in the area. This will hopefully, in turn, help the city's bus services to run more efficiently."

Enforcement by ANPR

Enforcement is carried out by cameras positioned in Coppergate which pick up vehicle number plate details. Software checks the number plate against the registration details of permitted vehicles.

Enforcement is being implemented in a phased manner:

  • for the first 2 weeks, we sent a warning letter to drivers who incorrectly entered the street
  • for the first 6 month period, we sent drivers a warning letter for their first offence; drivers only received a penalty charge notice for any further offences
  • from 23 July 2017, penalty charge notices have been issued for all offences

View the number of warning letters and penalty charge notices issued to date.

Signage for Coppergate

Permanent regulatory signage, advance information signs and street name plates for Coppergate are in place.

All signs are fully compliant with the Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions which came into force in April 2016.

Penalty Charge Notices

If you receive a penalty charge notice, full instructions on what to do next, how and where to pay, who to contact and how to appeal are included on the PCN and you should follow the instructions on the notice.

Using our online service, you can pay for a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN), get more information about the contravention, or appeal.

Please note: You will need your Penalty Charge Number and Vehicle Registration Number in order to use the online service.

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