More buses on time thanks to new lanes

Published Tuesday, 30 October 2012
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Belfast's new bus lanes have improved the punctuality of public transport in the city, Translink has said.

More buses on time thanks to new lanes
Translink said the new bus lanes have benefitted customers. (© UTV)

Streets throughout the city centre were reconfigured in September and traffic chaos ensued. Motorists reported being caught in tailbacks as the Belfast on the Move scheme was initiated.

But six weeks after the extra bus lanes were put in place, Translink's Ciaran Rogan said the company is already seeing big benefits.

"We would measure the number of buses which we have to replace in services in the city centre because of traffic delays and that has reduced by almost one third since the bus lanes were introduced," explained Mr Rogan.

"That has knock-on effects in terms of reliability, punctuality a better service for all our customers."

Earlier this month a taskforce was set up to oversee the operation of the bus lanes, and to ensure they run smoothly.

The bus lanes have been in place for about six weeks now but I have to say that even at this early stage we are seeing big benefits in terms of reliability and punctuality in particular.

Ciaran Rogan

Belfast Lord Mayor Gavin Robinson said although Translink reported the scheme was already successful, the multi-agency group wanted to make sure the private lanes for motorists are also operating as they should

There were fears that the congestion could have resulted in a loss of business for city traders, but Belfast Chamber of Commerce's Joe Jordan said the traffic problems had settled down and there was no reported loss in takings.

Mr Rogan added, "It was clear to everyone that the situation has improved over the past numbers of weeks.

"It took a week or two for people to get used to the bus lanes but now the things really is bedded in our buses are getting through the city centre more quickly, they're more on time, more reliable and our customers are really seeing the benefits."

Belfast on the Move aims to entice people to walk, cycle or get public transport, while motorists passing through the city are urged to find another route.

© UTV News
Comments Comments
Double Decker in The Depot wrote (818 days ago):
44 seconds into report, note the car in the bus lane.
southbelfast123 in wrote (819 days ago):
The buses may be running on-time, though It doesn't mean there is anymore people on them.
Vee in Belfast wrote (820 days ago):
Who do they think they are kidding - the bus is NEVER on time in the evenings going down the Antrim Road into town. The timetable at the EIA Street stop is a JOKE!
Vic in Belfast wrote (821 days ago):
Nightmare still, where that guy from translink was standing at the back of the city hall when the lights just go red on the bus lane the buses then change lanes on of thier lane to bypass the red light. there is no yellow box for the buses at the same place vehicles comming out of linenhall st gets blocked in. cromac sq still confusing changing from a7am-7pm to a 7.30-9.30 then back to a 7am-7pm in may st tail back from donegal quay right up oxford st people have just give up complaining cause you might as well talk to the big blue fish
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