This is the 1st notification the Committee has had of a date and times for these bus lanes.
“The UUP is playing with you on semantic terminology – the bus lane was in the minute to be ‘noted’ as a S.L.1 – which means subordinate legislation requiring no discussion – only to be procedurally noted – S.L.1 is a department order – there is rarely discussion on items to be noted such as S.L.1.
I have checked with the Committee Clerk who confirms there was ‘no decision’ clearly ‘no knockback for me’ – only for the one who read out the mischievous UUP comment. I rest my case.”
David McNarry MLA
**Strictly embargoed until 00.01hrs on Thursday 6 August 2015**
New bus lanes in East Belfast
The Department for Regional Development (DRD) has announced the opening of new bus lanes on the Upper Newtownards Road as part of the Belfast Rapid Transit (BRT) scheme.
The new bus lanes, located between Sandown Road and Knock Road, will be introduced on 10 August. They will operate, city-bound and country-bound, during peak hours only from 7:30am to 9:30am and from 3:30pm to 6:30pm, Monday to Friday, to provide improved reliability for existing bus services.
A DRD spokesperson said: “Each new measure that supports our bus services helps to promote public transport and provide an attractive travel alternative for the public. These additional bus lanes will help to provide a more reliable service which will benefit the increasing number of bus passengers choosing to use this route.”
The BRT route in East Belfast will link the city centre to the Park & Ride facility in Dundonald, via Albertbridge Road and Upper Newtownards Road.
DRD’s TransportNI would ask drivers to take extra care when travelling on this stretch of the Upper Newtownards Road until they are familiar with the new arrangements.
Notes to editors:
1. The bus lanes for BRT are due to be phased in over the next few years in advance of the BRT system becoming operational. This will benefit the existing bus services and allow the public the opportunity to become familiar with the new road layouts prior to the introduction of BRT services.
2. It is the Department’s intention to change the operating hours of the bus lanes to 12 hours (7:00 am to 7:00 pm) to coincide with the commencement of BRT services. This change to the bus lane operating hours will be the subject of further public consultation.
3. BRT is a major new public transport project which will help to address the current and future transport needs in Belfast and support sustainable economic growth and regeneration. BRT will provide a modern, safe, efficient and high quality public transport service which will encourage people to travel by public transport instead of by car. It will help to integrate communities and link people to jobs, shops, leisure, health and education services. BRT will connect East Belfast, West Belfast and Titanic Quarter via the city centre.