This investment of £1.1 million was provided to help promote and encourage the use of public transport for travel into Belfast. It reflects the Department’s policy to promote sustainable transport and assist key bus service routes into Belfast, by further extending bus lanes that were introduced on the M1 and M2 motorways in March 2019.
Bus lanes are available for use by buses and coaches with 28 or more seats, between 7.00 am to 7.00 pm, Monday to Friday and subject to a 40mph maximum speed. Variable Message Signs will indicate when they are in use.
During operational hours the hard shoulder will always remain available for use in an emergency by all vehicles.
The total M1 and M2 Busways scheme cost for 2019 and 2020 works is approximately £5.6 million.
Previous work on the M1 and M2 Busways scheme in 2019 provided about 7 kilometres of bus lanes on other sections of Belfast bound hard shoulders. These are shown on the attached location map 2019 document. These were opened on 11 March 2019 and the operational hours are 7.00 am to 7.00 pm (Monday to Friday).
On the M1 this added 4.6 kilometres of bus lane, in 2 sections, from Junction 7 at Sprucefield to Junction 6 at Lisburn, and then from Junction 6 to a previous hard shoulder bus lane just after Applegreen Lisburn Services. Through Junction Running (TJR) is in operation at the Applegreen Lisburn Services. For more information on how this operates see the information leaflet on leaving and joining the motorway at Lisburn Services below.
On the M2 this added 2.2 kilometres of bus lane, in 2 sections, from Junction 2 at Greencastle to Junction 1 at Fortwilliam, and then from Fortwilliam to Junction 1B at Duncrue St.
For information on how to use the bus lanes, click on the information leaflet
- Information leaflet on use of M1 and M2 Bus Lanes
- M1 and M2 Busways Location map 2019
- Information on leaving motorway at Lisburn services
- Information on rejoining motorway at Lisburn services
- Updated M1 and M2 Busways Location map including new scheme 2020
Updated August 2020