Bus and Cycle lanes

Need more information on transport lanes? Read our FAQs on Bus and Cycle Lanes to find out all you need to know!
Green cycle route at Leicester University

Q: What is the purpose of bus and cycle lanes?

A: Bus and cycle lane demarcation serves two main purposes. To alert drivers and other road users to space allocated for the sole use of busses/taxis, and cycles, and to allow smoother, safer road use for public transport and cyclists. Especially prevalent in busy cities, where public transport timetables could be hugely delayed in normal traffic, and cyclists could face higher dangers due to traffic volume.

Q: What products are used for bus and cycle lanes?

A: There are a few different products available depending on the requirements and location of the particular scheme. HAPAS/BBA approved resin and high PSV bauxite aggregates can be used in highway situations, or other resins and stones on non-highway projects to give greater flexibility. Both resin and stone can be used in their natural state or can be colour coated for vibrancy.

Q: What colours are available?

A: Pretty much any colour can be created to order using specialist pigments, however, standard colours tend to be traffic red, bold blue, emerald green and less frequently lemon yellow. Material can be created in a variety of colours and to any RAL number, so for example a particular brand colour could be emulated for demarcation in supermarket car parks or drive-through locations.

Q: What is the life span?

A: This can be largely dependent on the type of product chosen and the level of traffic but nominally anywhere between 5 to 15 years.

Q: Can coloured surfacing be lined or repaired?

A: Yes – all of our coloured surfacing products are able to have thermoplastic line marking applied, and can be patch repaired and refreshed as required.

Q: How much can be completed, and can it be opened to traffic quickly?

A: Whether hot or cold applied, between 200m – 400m can typically be installed in a single shift, with curing time anywhere from 30 mins to 6 hours depending on product type, and weather temperature.

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