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New Belfast Rapid Transit bus lanes to go live in city centre

Belfast Rapid Transit bus lanes will go live in Belfast city centre and the harbour estate next week.

With the start of the new Belfast Rapid Transit Glider service less than one month away the new bus lanes on which it will operate in Belfast Harbour Estate and on Sydenham Road, Queens Quay, Queens Bridge, Queen Elizabeth Bridge and Oxford Street are being introduced on Monday 13 August.

The bus lanes will operate from 7.00 am to 7.00 pm, Monday to Saturday.

A two week, one strike warning period will be in place until Monday 27 August, during which drivers parking or driving illegally in the bus lanes will be issued with a warning notice instead of a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) for a first contravention.

Drivers who contravene the bus lanes for a second time during this period will be given a penalty charge notice.

A Department for Infrastructure spokesperson said: "The bus lanes will provide increased priority and a faster, more efficient service for existing bus services in the short term and, from 3 September, for Glider services.

"Motorists will have the opportunity to get used to the new arrangements during the summer when traffic levels are traditionally lower.

"The Department would ask roads users in the area to take extra care until they are familiar with the new arrangements."

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