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Commuters fume amid Belfast traffic chaos

Belfast was plunged into traffic chaos this morning as long tailbacks caused a grid-lock in the city centre.

A collision at East Bridge Street sparked delays for traffic entering the city centre and there were subsequent build-ups across the city.

Commuters were stuck in long queues while frustrated people on crowded buses asked to be let off early as they were stuck in queues that were not moving, but were refused until it was safe to do so.

There were cheers when they were allowed off the bus and crowds of people were seen walking the rest of their journey alongside the built-up traffic.

A 25-year-old passenger described the chaos.

"It was mad. The traffic wasn't moving and all you could hear were people phoning their work saying they were going to be late.

"At one point a woman asked the bus driver to let her out to walk, but she was refused.

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"There were cheers when the doors opened. But it just couldn't be helped."

Translink services were also disrupted.

People took to social media venting their frustration questioning what had caused the build-up.

Dontunderstand this crazy #Belfast #traffic It is nearly #Christmas but are people not still working a normal day today? #pleasekeepmoving

— Zoe McGivern(@ZoeMcGivern) December 18, 2015

The traffic collision at the junction of Oxford Street and East Bridge has been cleared and delays should now ease on:

  •   Donegall Quay and Corporation Street
  •   Grosvenor Road, Divis Street and Millfield towards the city centre
  •   Albertbridge Road
  •   Short Strand towards Bridge End
  •   Bridge End, Newtownards Road

The traffic in Belfast this morning is a joke. This bus has been sitting at the same set of traffic lights for ten minutes

— Kieran Clarke (@KierClarke) December 18, 2015

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