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Councillor says bus lane camera site is a 'problem'

Councillor Rob Pocock says there is a 'problem' at the site of a bus lane camera which caught 11,000 drivers in just 52 days. The camera is located on the southbound carriageway of Priory Queensway.

One of those who received a ticket for entering the bus lane was Ben Cheney. He says the signs were not clear.

Cllr Pocock has congratulated Mr Cheney for raising the issue with the council.

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Traffic manager defends 11,000-ticketer bus lane camera

A bus lane camera in Birmingham has captured 11,000 drivers in just 52 days. The camera, which is located on the southbound carriageway of Priory Queensway, is set-up to catch people driving illegally in bus lanes or bus only streets.

Traffic Manager Kevin Hicks has defended the camera and says there are six signs up. He has been talking to our reporter Wesley Smith.

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Man caught by bus camera says signs were not clear

A man who earned a ticket for entering a bus lane in Birmingham has found out more than 11,000 motorists have been snapped in 52 days by the same camera.

Ben Cheney was caught at Priory Queensway after a visit to Birmingham Children's Hospital, but he says the signs weren't clear and he is making a personal record of other drivers to show the council what is wrong.

One bus lane camera catches 11,000 drivers

In just 52 days 11,000 drivers have been caught by a bus lane camera in Birmingham.

The camera is located on the southbound carriageway of Priory Queensway and set-up to catch people driving illegally in bus lanes or bus only streets.

The camera on southbound carriageway of Priory Queensway Credit: ITV News Central

The local council is charging fines of £60 for anyone caught using the bus lane.

Thousands of drivers caught by one bus lane camera

It has been revealed that 11,000 drivers have been caught in just 52 days by one bus lane camera in Birmingham.

The camera is located on the southbound carriageway of Priory Queensway and set-up to catch people driving illegally in bus lanes or bus only streets.

Bus lane at Priory Queesnway Credit: Birmingham City Council

On average, nine people every hour have been caught and fined.

The numbers were revealed after an FOI request was put in by someone caught by the camera.

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DNA 'spit kit' helps catch bus passenger who spat

A man who spat at a bus ticket inspector in the Witton area of Birmingham has been caught and fined £255 after his DNA was traced using an on-board ‘spit kit’.

Tests on the swab seized from the number 11 bus returned a DNA ‘hit’ on Sydenham Credit: West Midlands Police

Joseph Sydenham, 40, spat at a National Express West Midlands official checking tickets on the number 11 service in Witton’s Brookvale Road in May.

The 40-year-old broke free from the conductor and fled the bus before being arrested weeks later by police at a Birmingham hotel after forensic analysis of saliva taken from the inspector’s jacket showed Sydenham, beyond reasonable doubt, was the offender.

West Midlands Police confirmed that odds that the saliva had not originated from the Sydenham’s mouth were at around a billion to one.

The culprit claimed to suffer from a speech disorder that meant he spat when he talked – but police dismissed the ‘excuse’ and charged him with common assault.

Last Tuesday he appeared at Birmingham Magistrates Court where he admitted the offence and was ordered to pay a total of £255 in costs, fines and compensation.

The spit kits, which feature swabs, gloves and sealed bags, allow staff to take saliva samples and protect them from contamination before being sent for forensic analysis. The kits are carried by around 3,500 bus drivers and ticket inspectors across the West Midlands.

New bus station opens in Stoke-on-Trent

The front of the new bus station on John Street Credit: Stoke-on-Trent City Council

Stoke-on-Trent's new £15m bus station will open today (March 26).

The new building, in Hanley, has 22 bus departure bays, waiting facilities, interactive touch-screen journey planners, a convenience store and toilets.

Up to 120 buses are expected to travel through the station every hour.

Councillor Mohammed Pervez, leader of Stoke-on-Trent City Council, said: "The opening of this bus station marks the start of a journey to transform our city centre."

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