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Video: Belfast 'traffic jam' reduced to one bus load of people

Sunday saw a Belfast traffic jam reduced to just one of the new soon-to-be introduced 'Glider' buses.

Organised by Translink, The Department for Infrastructure, Belfast City Council and The Institution of Civil Engineers, 105 volunteers gathered to show how ever-decreasing road space can be better used by using sustainable means of transport.

They have produced a short film 'Road Share' showing how the space taken up by 90 cars can be condensed down into one of the new Glider buses which will be deployed as part of the new Belfast Rapid Transit system. On average during commuter times the average car journey transports 1.2 people.

Translink Group Chief Executive Chris Conway, said:  “Public Transport is well known for its many benefits in busy cities such as improving air quality, well-being, saving money and reducing traffic. Equally, catching the bus or train can help save something that all cities desperately require more of - space.

"The Road Share exercise in Belfast very clearly demonstrates how moving large numbers of people by car around cities is not efficient, particularly during commuting times."

Outgoing Lord Mayor of Belfast, Councillor Nuala McAllister, added: "The reduction of congestion, not only in the city centre but on our main arterial routes, is a priority, and can only be of benefit not only to the city and its economy, but also to the health and well-being of our citizens."

The £100m Belfast Rapid Transit system is set to be introduced in the city in September. By using dedicated lanes - which stretch into the east and west of the city, it hopes to provide better access to jobs, hospitals, shops, schools, colleges, and entertainment. 

Drone footage captured on Oxford Street, Belfast showing the space required to transport 105 people by car (90 cars in total - during commuter times the average persons per car is 1.2 people). Pictures: Brian Morrison
Drone footage captured on Oxford Street, Belfast showing the space required to transport 105 people by car (90 cars in total - during commuter times the average persons per car is 1.2 people). Pictures: Brian Morrison
Drone footage captured on Oxford Street, Belfast shows the 'waste of space' on roads based on the average of 1.2 people travelling in cars during the morning and evening commute. Picctures: Brian Morrison
Drone footage captured on Oxford Street, Belfast showing the equivalent space required to transport 105 people when using sustainable modes of transport such as walking and cycling (48 cyclists and 57 walking). Pictures: Brian Morrison
Drone footage captured on Oxford Street, Belfast shows how 105 people can be transported by two double-decker buses. Pictures: Brian Morrison
Drone footage captured on Oxford Street, Belfast shows the equivalent space required to transport 105 people by Glider. Pictures: Brian Morrison
The new Glider
The new Glider
The new Glider

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