Red Bus Lanes Durable, skid-resistant, recycled-glass safety surface for red bus lanes

OmniGrip CST is a fully-compliant durable, skid-resistant red bus lane surfacing material. Made from Australian recycled-glass with a resin-binder, it is used for red bus lanes on busy major roads and local roads. Applied in accordance with our strict application processes, it is fully-compliant with the most stringent road surface standards in each State and Territory.

  • Compliant with road agency specifications
  • Australian recycled-glass, diverting glass from landfill 
  • Skid-resistant for bus & car drivers
  • Slip-resistant for rider & pedestrian safety
  • Outlasts and out performs paint-based products!

Recycled-Glass OmniGrip CST is the first red bus lane surface treatment to achieve Level 3 TIPES certification in Queensland – the toughest product certification process for road surfaces in Australia!


Red Bus Lane on Yan Yean Road, made from Australian OmniGrip CST coloured recycled glass.

Yan Yean Road Red Bus Lane with OmniGrip CST

OmniGrip CST red bus lane surfaces are used where the path of other road users cross bus lanes, and to clearly indicate that a lane is reserved for buses.  With buses having a large mass that takes longer to stop when braking, and carrying un-restrained sitting and standing passengers, it is important that coloured surface treatments in bus lanes have high skid-resistance, durable texture and durable colour. 

In some States and Territories, bus lanes can also be used by motorcycle riders and bicycle riders. Any bus lane can also be crossed by a pedestrian. Hence high performing skid and slip resistance is important to reduce falls by vulnerable road users.  

Road managers and bus operators can reduce the risk of crashes, injuries and fatalities by ensuring they’re using compliant high-performing skid resistance surfaces for bus lanes, such as OmniGrip CST. OmniGrip CST is used across Melbourne for bus lanes, and has been used in Sydney as well.

Examples locations for red bus lane surfaces include:

  • on-road bus lanes cross vehicle lanes eg turn lanes or slip lanes
  • side road intersections where bus lanes cross side roads
  • bus lanes cross busy commercial driveways such as petrol stations, fast food outlets, commercial car parks, pub and hotel car parks
  • mid-block bus lanes where other drivers incorrectly stop or park on bus lanes
  • extra skid and slip resistance is required, eg steeply sloping roads.

A key feature of OmniGrip CST for red bus lanes is that is has higher skid resistance than red asphalts and other products designed for linemarking. That’s vital for safety where buses brake, such as ‘jump lanes’, bus bays, and interchanges where buses need to stop with certainty, as well as inclines and declines on hills.

How it works

Red Bus Lane using OmniGrip CST

Red Bus Lane using OmniGrip CST

OmniGrip CST is  a red bus lane surface designed to provide texture for skid resistance and durable colour for its design life. It maintains high skid resistance in both wet and dry conditions.

OmniGrip CST uses inert Australian recycled-glass aggregate in a resin binder. Using OmniGrip CST as a red bus lane surface diverts valuable glass from Australian landfills. The finished red bus lane surface comprises 75% recycled content; there’s no solvents and minimal Volatile Organic Content (VOC).

Using OmniGrip CST for red bus lanes and other coloured surface treatments in a project contributes to contractors meeting Victoria’s Recycled First targets for recycled content. The target applies to Victoria’s Major Road Projects Authority, Level Crossing Removal Project, Metro Tunnel Project, West Gate Tunnel Project, North East Link Project and Regional Rail Revival Project.  

Paints and thermoplastics are specifically prohibited as Coloured Surface Treatments by road agency specifications in Victoria and New South Wales. OmniGrip CST for red bus lane surfaces is not paint; it uses Australian recycled-glass in a long-life resin binder to produce a durable skid and slip resistant recycled safety surface.  Red bus lane surfaces should be procured directly from specialist safety surfacing companies like OmniGrip Direct instead of longitudinal linemarking specialists like linemarking companies.


OmniGrip CST is Level 3 TIPES Certified by the Australian Road Research Board for use as a Coloured Surface Treatment in accordance with MRTS110 in Queensland. TIPES is Australia’s toughest surface compliance regime, and achieving Level 3 compliance required the provision of data from on-road sites demonstrating it remains within specification for at least five years. This is consistent with the requirements of Victoria’s Standard Section 431 too.

If you require independent testing for compliance in your project then please include it in your scope of works.

OmniGrip CST is available in the approved range of colours for bus lanes in each State and Territory, colour matched to the AS2700 colour palette. For example, Raspberry Red in Victoria, Signal Red in Queensland and Venetian Red or Raspberry Red in New South Wales. Other colours can be provided upon request.

Red Asphalt vs Red OmniGrip CST

Red asphalt simply doesn’t have a distinct red colour or colour match, and is harder for drivers to recognise.  If you have existing asphalt, a cost effective recycled-glass bus lane is fast to apply, has less environmental impact and a much brighter colour.  Should OmniGrip CST become dirty then a simple wash with a street cleaner or powerwash will restore its colour.

Red Asphalt vs Red OmniGrip CST for bus lanes

Red OmniGrip CST is much brighter than red asphalt used in bus lanes, and has better skid-resistance

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OmniGrip CST TIPES Level 3 Certification certificate of currency

OmniGrip CST TIPES Level 3 Certification certificate of currency

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