26/07/2018

Glider Bus Lanes In East Belfast To Come Into Operation

New Glider bus lanes in east Belfast will come into use on Monday 30 July, the Department for Infrastructure has announced.

With the start of the new Belfast Rapid Transit Glider service just over one month away, the new bus lanes on Upper Newtownards Road, Albertbridge Road and East Bridge Street will operate from 7am to 7pm, Monday to Saturday, and include a loading/unloading window between 10am and 2pm 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.
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A two week, one strike warning period will be in place until Monday 13 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 second 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 03 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.

(MH/LM)

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