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Belfast Harbour Estate announces changes to bus lanes after traffic gridlock

Queen’s Road traffic congestion last week
Queen’s Road traffic congestion last week

A bus lane introduced in the Titanic Quarter in Belfast is to be suspended due to traffic delays.

Belfast Harbour, the port authority responsible for management of the area, said it was aware of traffic disruption to weekday peak evening traffic between Queen's Road and Sydenham Road. The gridlock has been caused by the introduction of bus lanes in the area.

The Department for Infrastructure said it was concerned that the congestion would affect the operation of the Glider service which is due to be introduced next month.

A spokesperson said: "Improved bus priority measures are critical to the delivery of the new Glider service in the Harbour Estate.

"As the increased traffic delays currently being experienced would also affect the operation of the Glider service, it has been decided to amend the bus priority measures in the area. 

"These changes involve suspending the city-bound bus lane on Sydenham Road opposite the SSE Arena from Tuesday and introducing, in the coming days, an additional section of city-bound bus lane on Queen's Road, north of the junction at the Titanic building."

The department said it will be it will be working with Belfast Harbour and other partners in Titanic Quarter over the coming months to introduce new measures to enable the Sydenham Road bus lane to be reintroduced.

The spokesman added: "Translink will also be engaging with local businesses to encourage greater use of public transport and of walking and cycling where appropriate.

"At peak times, the road network in Titanic Quarter is at full capacity or over capacity. With the potential for new development, the number of cars on our roads is likely to continue to grow and public transport and active travel are a key part of the solution to the problems that gives rise to."

Last week Belfast Harbour said a new interim relief road would also be introduced linking Queen's Road and Sydenham Road at peak evening times. It is understood this measure will be introduced on Wednesday or Thursday. 

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