In Huddersfield town centre we have introduced bus gates to improve two main public transport routes. Their purpose is to ensure the free flow of traffic where historically traffic congestion has been recognised as a problem, particularly where there has been a negative impact on bus punctuality.
Bus gate enforcement
Areas covered by bus gates
The bus gates cover two of our town centre areas and operate on all days.
- Market Street to High Street (operating from 10am to 4pm)
- Market Street junction of Westgate; St George's Square; Westgate and Kirkgate (operating 8am to 6pm)
Pay or appeal a fine
More about bus gates
- Bus gates became operational on 1 February 2016 and are enforced using camera technology which captures the registration number of vehicles that are not authorised to use the bus gates.
- A Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) is issued by post to the registered keeper/owner of the offending vehicle.
- The penalty charge is £60 reduced to £30 if paid within 14 days but in accordance with legislation from 1st June 2022 any Penalty Charge Notice issued will incorporate a penalty charge payable of £70 reduced to £35 if paid within 21 days.
- Vehicles that are allowed to use the bus gates are local buses, hackney carriages and cycles.
- Operating times of the bus gates are shown on signs at each location. They operate on all days.
- Other signs are provided on the approaches to the bus gates indicating a route that drivers can take to avoid the enforcement cameras.
Alternative routes around the town centre
There are a number of alternative routes to get you around the town centre without having to go through a bus gate. Our map shows where the bus gates are and some suggested routes.
Town centre improvements
The West Yorkshire Combined Authority has provided funding for transport infrastructure improvements across our region. This means cities and major towns across West Yorkshire, including Kirklees, are (and have) implemented a number of traffic schemes incorporating improvements to footways, cycle facilities and bus priority initiatives.
Kirklees Council are also making improvements to Huddersfield town centre, following feedback from consultation with town centre users.