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Removing bus lanes would cut congestion

Published 21/10/2016

Interesting that Belfast is ranked third in the UK's most-congested cities table (News, October 17), and one of the reasons is put down to the new taxi app company Uber. Really?

If we are into the blame game, let's look at the two largest taxi operations in Belfast - Fonacab and Value Cabs - with their hundreds of vehicles, which daily clog the city roads and add to the congestion, when 70% of the time most taxi cabs are travelling empty.

However, let's not get away from the real reason for the Belfast road network (or lack of it) being congested. Travelling through Oxford Street between 8am and 9.30am, Monday to Friday, is a day's work in itself, with three lanes of solid traffic hampered by a San Andreas fault of a bus lane that lies empty for 12 hours a day, six days a week. And that is just the start.

If the ladies and gentlemen of the Road Service at Clarence Court, with their underground car park and hundreds of spaces, came out of their ivory tower and admitted they got it wrong and removed the bus lanes, then maybe, in 2017, Belfast would be out of the top 10 most-congested UK cities.

ALAN KERR

Newtownabbey, Co Antrim

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