With the start of the new Belfast Rapid Transit Glider service less than one month away the new bus lanes on which it will operate in Belfast Harbour Estate and on Sydenham Road, Queens Quay, Queens Bridge, Queen Elizabeth Bridge and Oxford Street are being introduced on Monday 13 August.
The bus lanes will operate from 7.00 am to 7.00 pm, Monday to Saturday.
A two week, one strike warning period will be in place until Monday 27 August, during which drivers parking or driving illegally in the bus lanes will be issued with a warning notice instead of a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) for a first contravention. Drivers who contravene for a 2nd time during this period will be issued with a PCN.
The bus lanes will provide increased priority and a faster, more efficient service for existing bus services in the short term and, from 3 September, for Glider services.
Motorists will have the opportunity to get used to the new arrangements during the summer when traffic levels are traditionally lower.
The Department would ask roads users in the area to take extra care until they are familiar with the new arrangements.
Notes to editors:
- The BRT bus lanes are being phased in in advance of BRT becoming operational on 3 September 2018. The BRT bus lanes were introduced in West Belfast on 23 July and in East Belfast on 30 July.
- The bus lanes can be used by all buses, bicycles, motorcycles, permitted taxis and the emergency services.
- The bus lanes can be used for funeral corteges. This will provide a safer environment for people to walk behind the hearse and continue the traditional of ‘lift and carry’ at funerals, whilst also potentially allowing traffic to pass the cortege safely in the adjacent lane.
- The Department will monitor the operation of BRT, including the bus lane operating hours, on an ongoing basis and will carry out a full review of the entire BRT system after 12 months of operation.
- The Department has consulted widely with local communities and elected representatives since 2012 on the proposals for the new BRT system. This has included numerous local public information events where everyone had the opportunity to view the proposals and speak to members of the BRT delivery team.
- Further information on BRT can be found on the Department’s website at: www.infrastructure-ni.gov.uk/topics/transport-initiatives/brt-glider
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