To keep Sheffield moving, lanes and gates allow buses and trams to move more freely.

They operate at different times and days of the week depending on their location. At these times, you should not enter (even partially) a bus lane or bus gate or park in either - see below for exceptions. Check the signs. Times do not vary for bank/public holidays.

You may have to pay a fine if you use one incorrectly. Fines are issued by the Police or us, often using cameras to record when someone goes through when they shouldn't.

Bus lane

A lane (marked out by thick white lines) usually down the side of the road for mainly buses to use.

Bus & tram gate

Part of a road letting mainly buses and trams through, eg at a junction. Some gates are for buses and not trams.

Map of bus & tram gates

Other vehicles using gates and lanes

Other vehicles can use the gates and lanes, including taxis, cycles and 'authorised' vehicles such as emergency services. No vehicles other than trams can use any of the 'tram only' facilities.

The following vehicles can use the listed lanes and gates below:

  • buses - no exceptions
  • taxis - bus lanes, prescribed and prohibited turns, bus or bus/tram gates except Peaks Mount at Waterthorpe, adjacent to Crystal Peaks bus station, on runways B, C and D within Sheffield Transport Interchange (STI), on STI runway E (unless holding a PTE pass)
  • pedal cycles - bus lanes, prescribed and prohibited turns, bus or bus/tram gates except on the runways within Sheffield Transport Interchange
  • solo motorcyles - bus lanes only
  • authorised vehicles - bus lanes, prescribed and prohibited turns, bus or bus/tram gates except on Peaks Mount at Waterthorpe, adjacent to Crystal Peaks Bus Station or on the runways within Sheffield Transport Interchange

'Authorised vehicles' is as defined in The Sheffield City Council Bus Priority Order as:

  • Private Hire Vehicles with suitable side markings, as approved by Sheffield City Council, operating under a licence issued by a Local Authority
  • vehicles with suitable side markings, as approved by Sheffield City Council, carrying persons on behalf of the National Health Service for medical reasons
  • vehicles with suitable side markings, as approved by Sheffield City Council, being operated on behalf of a Local Authority for educational or care reasons

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