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New six-day, 12-hour bus lane to open in Belfast

A new bus lane is set to begin operations in Belfast.

The six-day, 12-hour lane on the Stewartstown Road will begin operation on Monday April 17.

The new lane is between Michael Ferguson Roundabout and Finaghy Road North and is part of the Belfast Rapid Transit (BRT) system which aims to improve transport around the city.

It will operate, city-bound, from 7am to 7pm from Monday to Saturday.

The Department for Infrastructure said: "This new bus lane will provide increased priority for buses and support a faster, more reliable and accessible bus service on this key public transport route.

"The bus lanes already introduced as part of the BRT project have contributed to a significant increase of over 6% in the number of public transport passenger journeys as more people realise the benefits offered by the enhanced bus priority measures.

"When the BRT system becomes operational in September 2018, the route in west Belfast will run from the McKinstry Road Roundabout on Stewartstown Road via a new Transport Hub at Colin Town Centre, Andersonstown Road, Falls Road and Divis Street, to the city centre. It will continue from there to east Belfast and through to Dundonald Park & Ride.

"The Department would ask drivers to take extra care when travelling until they are familiar with the new arrangements."

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