With the start of the new Belfast Rapid Transit Glider service just over one month away the new bus lanes on which it will operate in West Belfast, between McKinstry Road roundabout and the city centre, will be introduced on Monday 23 July.
The bus lanes on Stewartstown Road, Andersonstown Road, Falls Road and Divis Street will operate from 7.00 am to 7.00 pm, Monday to Saturday, and include a loading/unloading window between 10.00 am and 2.00 pm and a facility for vehicles displaying a blue badge to stop for up to 10 minutes to drop-off or pick up a blue badge holder.
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 on this key public transport route.
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:
- When BRT becomes operational on 3 September the route in West Belfast will run between McKinstry Road roundabout and the city centre, via Stewartstown Road, Colin Connect Transport Hub, Andersonstown Road, Falls Road and Divis Street. It will continue from there through to Dundonald in East Belfast.
- The BRT bus lanes are being phased in in advance of BRT becoming operational on 3 September 2018. The BRT bus lanes will be introduced between East Bridge Street and Dunlady Road in East Belfast on 30 July and in the Belfast Harbour Estate and the city centre on 6 August.
- Vehicles displaying a blue badge are permitted to stop for up to 10 minutes in the new bus lanes to pick-up or drop-off the blue badge holder.
- The bus lanes can be used by all buses, bicycles, motorcycles, permitted taxis and the emergency services.
- The bus lanes will be strictly enforced to ensure that bus services benefit from the maximum priority possible.
- 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.
- 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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