|London, 16 June 2003.
For immediate release.
"As well as refunding fines, we'd like to know what Birmingham City Council intends to do to compensate the tens of thousands of drivers, and countless businesses for the many hours they have wasted sitting in queues caused by bus lanes that did not legally exist."As the bus lanes currently do not exist in law, the ABD demands that the city council must immediately cover up the signs and remove the road markings relating to them. The ABD's Malcolm Heymer, a retired traffic engineer explained:
"If the order relating to the bus lanes has lapsed, the council will have to start from scratch with a permanent order-making process, including advertising and considering objections from the public."The Tyburn Road bus lanes serve no useful purpose. They have failed to improve bus services or attract new passengers, indeed some bus services that used the road have been withdrawn entirely. In addition the bus lanes cause danger, congestion and road rage. In the face of mounting public anger over the council's ineptitude, the ABD calls for the bus lanes to be scrapped completely.
"This is an absolute disgrace. Birmingham City Council are guilty of illegally obstructing the public highway for over two years, and they should face the same consequences that a driver doing this would face."