Stormont department working to address Belfast gridlock after bus lane changes
The Department for Infrastructure (DfI) has said they are working to tackle traffic issues after massive gridlock in Belfast on Wednesday evening.
There were huge tailbacks in the Queen's Road/Sydenham Road area after the introduction of a new road layout to accommodate Belfast's new Glider system.
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In an attempt to combat the delays the DfI have decided to revise traffic light timings in the area from Thursday evening.
East Belfast MP Gavin Robson said the adjustment should allow road users extra time to pass the lights.
He added: "DfI have asked that road users use both lanes turning right from Queens Road to increase the efficiency of traffic merging on to Sydenham Road."
Its 16:14 and the traffic is already backed up 1 mile down queens road. https://t.co/DlWxH91EDb— Jonny Gamble (@_jgamb_) August 16, 2018
Big congratulations to @deptinfra and @BelfastHarbour on reducing travel times and congestion @BBCNITravel @BBCNewsNI @TrafficwatchNI
Traffic on Queens Road shortly after 4pm https://t.co/XR3MAFZtie— Jason Mitchell (@jmitch18) August 16, 2018
Shame about the big drip on my camera, almost as disappointing as the bus lanes. #GliderBelfast @TrafficwatchNI @BBCNITravel @deptinfra @Translink_NI @ImSaraNeill @QueensRdCommute
@deptinfra @Translink_NI @StephenNolan @U105radio @goQradio @GliderBelfast Hi DFI...is there two lanes for traffic on Queens Road or have both your drivers illegally entered the cycle lane? pic.twitter.com/GZeBxKlPIN— Mark Hudson (@hudhud50n) August 15, 2018
Still haven't left work as the traffic is still awful on Queens Road! Buses stuck in traffic too! @CatalystIncHQ @deptinfra @TrafficwatchNI @Translink_NI @GliderBelfast @BelfastHarbour @PSNITraffic pic.twitter.com/TaFxDppIva— Charlene Robb (@CharleneStewart) August 15, 2018
@deptinfra @BBCNITravel @TrafficwatchNI traffic on the Queens Road is backed up into the car park a mile from the start of the bus lanes, it would be nice to get home before midnight tonight... :-( pic.twitter.com/xYs1ySK7bp— Christopher Chestnut (@cjchestnut) August 15, 2018
@BelfastHarbour @BelHarPolice @BBCNITravel @TrafficwatchNI @deptinfra this is the Queens road at 5pm. Traffic has moved about 100 meters in 45 minutes. Tailed back to clear ways. pic.twitter.com/COLXbxPaSr— Mark Mcbride (@m_mcbride31) August 15, 2018
A DFI spokesperson apologised for the disruption caused.
"The Department recognises there is a problem with traffic flow on the Queen's Road/Sydenham Road during the peak evening period," the spokesperson said.
"While some disruption is to be expected when any new layout is introduced the delays have been greater than anticipated.
"We are currently working on measures to address this. The Department will continue to closely monitor this situation."
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