Warnings have been sent to thousands of Slough residents after their vehicles were caught in bus lanes – as new cameras to deter drivers from using the lanes during peak times went live.

Around 5,253 registered keepers were sent a letter similar to a penalty charge notice after up to 700 cars a day were found to be using the bus lanes during the two-week warning period between May 16 and 30 before the cameras went live.

Drivers using Slough bus lanes will be hit by £60 fines

The bus lanes on both sides of London Road and Bath Road, as well as the lane on one side of Farnham Road, are now exclusively for buses, taxis, motorbikes and cyclists during peak times.

The High Street in Slough’s town centre is also set be included in the enforcement programme.

The move comes in a bid to speak up bus journeys across town, with Slough Borough Council (SBC) saying the growing problem of private vehicles using bus lanes, especially at peak times, has delayed buses getting around.

Cllr Rob Anderson, cabinet member for transport and environmental services, said the warning period was now over, the cameras were live and drivers caught in the bus lanes when they were excluded would be fined.

He said: “The aim is to keep the lanes free to allow commuters choosing public transport to have a reliable journey which does not happen if the bus lane is blocked full of other vehicles.

“Whilst bus lanes will enable cyclists, taxis and motorcycles to use these lanes, it will also assist in changing behaviours and reduce cars on the network as we are promoting alternative sustainable modes of transport.”

The registered keeper of vehicles spotted in the bus lanes during the restricted times will receive a penalty charge notice through the post and it will include a picture of the vehicle in the bus lane.

Drivers will be fined £60 which will be discounted to £30 if it is paid within 14 days from the date of the notice.

Representation can be made in writing with details on how this can be done is included on the penalty notice.