HIGHWAYS chiefs have proposed removing the redundant Sandbanks Ferry bus lane to reduce “unsightly signage” in the area.

The bus lane, situated on Banks Road, has not been used for years, says Borough of Poole.

Council head of transportation Julian McLaughlin explained: “The bus lane was originally introduced to allow local bus services who run a published timetable, to access the Sandbanks Ferry without delays that could inconvenience passengers.

“The lane has not been used for several years due to the installation of a kerbside bus stop that enables bus passengers to safely dismount on to the pavement without the need to walk through the waiting cars.

“Removing the redundant bus lane will allow scope to reorganise the lane markings and reduce the amount of unsightly signage in this attractive area.”

Full details of the proposals can be examined at Borough of Poole’s Transportation Services, Civic Centre.

Residents have until the August 14 deadline to send their objections, support or other comments to Borough of Poole’s Transportation Services.

Meanwhile, investigations continue into how the ferry’s chain was damaged, leading to a two-day suspension of services, last month.

The incident happened at low tide as Brittany Ferries’ Barfleur sailed into Poole Harbour ahead of its return voyage to France.

The current Sandbanks Ferry – the 242ft Bramble Bush Bay – will be out of action for up to five weeks from early November, for a planned refit.

Anyone wanting to view the bus lane proposals are advised to telephone 01202 262 000 before their visit.