Bus lanes and bus gates

The locations of bus-only gates and lanes in Oxford, and fines issued to motorists.

Additional cameras

From 15 June additional enforcement cameras will be operating on Abingdon Road, Folly Bridge and Barton Fields Road and A40.

Bus lanes and bus gates are an important aid to improving bus reliability and easing congestion in Oxford. At several sites within city, enforcement cameras are operating to ensure drivers comply with the restrictions.

Penalty charge notices (PCNs)

Motorists who contravene the regulations will be recorded by cameras. If enforcement officers believe that a contravention has occurred, a fine - or penalty charge notice (PCN) - will be served to the registered owner/keeper of the vehicle by post.

The PCN is served at the statutory charge of £60 but is reduced to £30 if paid within the first 14 days.

Pay a fine

Bus lanes and bus gates

Bus lanes are marked by a solid thick white line and the words ‘Bus Lane’ are periodically marked on the road.

A bus gate is a short section of street in which only buses and other authorised vehicles can go through.

There are warning signs of the bus lane or bus gate restriction ahead, and again, at the point where the restriction starts.

In Oxford, bus lanes and bus gates are located at:

  • High Street
  • Castle Street
  • George Street
  • Magdalen Street
  • Abingdon Road
  • Folly Bridge
  • Barton Fields Road and A40

Who is allowed to drive in bus lanes and through bus gates?

Bus lanes

Only buses, that is, vehicles registered as passenger  carrying vehicles (PCVs), cycles, private hire vehicles, taxis and exempt emergency vehicles are allowed to travel in bus lanes

Bus gates

All road users have a duty to read and comply with the signs at each location to avoid unauthorised entry into a restricted area during the times of operation.

Times and types of vehicles allowed through each bus gate
Bus gate Time Vehicle types allowed through the gate
High Street 7.30am to 6.30pm Local buses, taxis/licensed private hire (not private rental) and exempt emergency vehicles only
6.30pm to 7.30am Any vehicle type allowed
Castle Street All day (24 hours) Local buses and exempt emergency vehicles only. Taxis/private hire vehicles are allowed through between 7am-7pm (due to an experimental Traffic Regulation Order - this is not currently a permanent exemption)
George Street 10am to 6pm Local buses, taxis/licensed private hire (not private rental), exempt emergency vehicles only
6pm to 10am Access for loading allowed
Magdalen Street All day (24 hours) Local buses, taxis/licensed private hire (not rental) and exempt emergency vehicles only
Folly Bridge All day (24 hours)  Local buses, taxis/licensed private hire (not rental) and exempt emergency vehicles only
Barton Fields Road and A40 All day (24 hours) Local buses and exempt emergency vehicles only

Exempt vehicles

An exempt vehicle means any:

  • vehicle in the service of or employed by the fire, police or ambulance services when on an emergency call
  • police vehicle on patrol.