Work begins on Belfast transit scheme

Published Monday, 19 May 2014
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Work has begun on the Belfast Rapid Transit (BRT) project which will see a series of new bus routes around the city to improve and promote public transport.

Work begins on Belfast transit scheme
The minister has said the scheme will improve access to Belfast. (© Michael Cooper)

The BRT will link the city centre with the Titanic Quarter as well as parts of east and west Belfast.

Depending on the success of the routes and the availability of future funding, the scheme could be extended to north and south Belfast.

Services are timetabled to begin in 2017 and on Monday work started on a new park and ride facility in Dundonald which will support the scheme and is scheduled to open by the end of the year.

Transport Minister Danny Kennedy has also announced that his department has committed £20m to begin the purchase of the new buses required for the routes.

A fleet of 40 vehicles is needed to service the routes.

The UUP minister said: "This park and ride will further enhance offerings for commuters travelling to Belfast, in particular those travelling from the Ards Peninsula.

"The BRT vehicles will be of a very high quality and will use the latest technologies.

"They will promote an image of Belfast as a modern, vibrant city and provide an excellent environment for passengers in terms of comfort, space, security and on-board information.

"The BRT system will also incorporate high quality halts enabling easy access to vehicles, real-time information systems for easier journey planning and off-vehicle ticketing to speed up the boarding process."

He added: "I am committed to supporting the growing number of passengers who choose to use public transport and I wish to further enhance services and infrastructure to meet future demands.

"Belfast Rapid Transit is an innovative and ambitious project that will create a modern and dynamic public transport system for Belfast, one that will provide people with better access to jobs, hospitals, shops, schools, colleges, leisure and entertainment facilities."

© UTV News
Comments Comments
rob in Newtownards wrote (106 days ago):
While we have cycles in the bus lanes nobodys goin anywhere fast you can blame londons boris johnson for that he started that bloody idea..
Mark in Belfast wrote (254 days ago):
To simulate the effect this is going to have on the traffic in Belfast, they should turn all traffic lights in the city RED for 6 hours. That will give a good overall impression of an average day.
Big G in The East wrote (256 days ago):
Cars are so expensive to buy ,run and insure why would i want to park my car in a carpark and get a bus into town ,sitting with a bunch of people i dont know catching there germs ,in a traffic jam ,standing in a bus que in the rain then missing the bus having to wait for another one ,all my shopping at my feet ,fed up because ive left some of my shopping on the bus ,having to walk to my car with my shopping in the rain and then find someone has nicked my car ! Well it could happen
G in Belfast wrote (256 days ago):
So this daft idea is going ahead then. Invest some real money and build an elevated train line, because that will work. These are just big stupid buses, that have to use the same roads and routes as every other vehicle, seriously, what is the point in that? 'BRT', embarrassing.
joshua robinson in Dundonald (beside the construction site) wrote (256 days ago):
I actually live right behind the area they are renovating into a park and ride facility, until now i had no idea what they were doing, but it's been noisy enough. personally I can't be bothered with yet more buses, as this is one of the busiest, best catered for areas in terms of buses anyway, it seems like they're just trying to saturate dundonald with buses lately, as they have already added 2 new bus routes to the area in the last 2 years
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