The Bus Lanes (Belfast City Centre) Order (Northern Ireland) 2018

Consultation opened on 06 December 2017. Closing date 12 January 2018.


The Department for Infrastructure (DfI) proposes to make an Order entitled The Bus Lanes (Belfast City Centre) Order (Northern Ireland) 2018.


Consultation description

The Order will revoke and replace existing bus lanes and introduce new lengths of bus lanes in the city centre. The bus lanes will all operate between 7.00 am and 7.00 pm Monday to Saturday inclusive. During the hours of operation only buses, cycles, motor cycles and permitted taxis (as defined below) and certain specified vehicles are permitted.

The bus lanes will operate on the following roads:

  • East Bridge Street
  • Cromac Street
  • May Street
  • Donegall Square South (2 lengths)
  • Howard Street
  • College Square East (3 lengths)
  • College Avenue (2 lengths)
  • Wellington Place (2 lengths)
  • Donegall Square North
  • Chichester Street
  • Victoria Street,
  • Donegall Quay (2 lengths)
  • Queen Elizabeth Bridge
  • Queens Quay
  • Station Street
  • Bridge End
  • Queens Bridge
  • Oxford Street
  • Great Victoria Street
  • Donegall Square East
  • Upper Queen Street and
  • Queen Street

Permitted taxi means a taxi which is either –

(i) licensed to stand or ply for hire on a road or public place and subject to the Bye-Laws made in respect of Motor Hackney Carriages standing or plying for hire made by the Council of the county Borough of Belfast on 4 June 1951 and which meets the specifications prescribed by regulation 41 of the Public Service Vehicles (Condition of Fitness, Equipment and Use) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1995; or

(ii) licensed to operate carriage services under the road service license provision of Part II of the Transport Act (Northern Ireland) 1967.

Inspecting the proposals

Full details are contained in the draft Order which together with maps showing the roads involved may be inspected free of charge during office hours within the period below at the following address:

DfI Roads Eastern Division
4 Hospital Road

Should you wish to make an appointment please call 0300 200 7893.

Making an objection

Any person may object or make other representations, specifying the grounds on which they are made, by writing to the Department at the address above or by emailing up to 12 January 2018.

Any information you give, including personal information, could be published or disclosed under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) or the Environmental Information Regulations (EIR). For further details on confidentiality, the FOIA and EIR please refer to

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