Belfast Telegraph

Parents park on bus lanes outside Belfast school as Glider launches

Cars have been spotted parking in the new Glider bus lanes outside a primary school in west Belfast.

It comes on the first full day of operation for the Glider service with continued confusion for parents trying to leave their children to school.

Cars were seen flouting the new regulations outside of St Kevin's Primary at the upper end of the Falls Road, with temporary signage outside warning against parking in front of the school.

Images from outside the school were posted to Twitter by BBC journalist Eve Rosato.

Another social media user noted traffic along the Falls Road appeared to be freely flowing, despite a few parents pulling in to leave their children off.

The enforcement of 12-hour bus lane restrictions came into effect last week ahead of Monday's launch of Translink's Glider service, which links the east and the west of the city.

Ahead of the launch, principal of St Kevin's Primary School principal Fiona Keegan said the restrictions resulted in chaos outside the school as parents realised they were unable to pull in due to the lanes on both sides of the road.

"It was mayhem and it resulted in absolute dismay among parents who are right to be concerned because lives are potentially at risk," she said.

"I was outside the school meeting with anxious parents in an effort to reassure them that I'm aware of this health and safety issue and I am doing all I can to find a solution."

She has called for the Department for Infrastructure to relax restrictions.

The Department for Infrastructure has been contacted for comment.

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