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Chamber call to scrap bus lanes rapped

By Brett Campbell

The Belfast Chamber of Trade and Commerce (BCTC) has  been criticised for calling for the scrapping of bus lanes in certain parts of the city.

The body proposed removing bus and bike lanes that will not form part of the Belfast Rapid Transit (BRT) system, which is scheduled to become operational in 2018.

However, Gordon Clarke, the Northern Ireland director of the Sustrans charity, insisted that the city needed “more people, not more cars”.

Infrastructure Minister Chris Hazzard said creating and promoting high-quality public transport was a fundamental element of the Programme for Government and that the BRT system would help achieve that goal.

“The department has sought to balance the needs of all those using the route and we will continue to work with the many stakeholders to the BRT project to ensure that we deliver the best possible outcome for the people of Belfast,” he explained.

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