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Video: Belfast's new Glider bus gets 'stuck' in city

Jonathan Bell

By Jonathan Bell

The soon-to-be newest addition to Belfast roads - one of Translink's 'Glider' buses - has appeared to get stuck in the city.

It happened in the east of the city, on the Upper Newtownards Road at around 2pm on Monday causing traffic delays.

Translink has confirmed the incident happened while a driver was being trained but denied the bus was stuck.

Marc Smyth caught the moment on camera.

He told the Belfast Telegraph: "I was waiting on the opposite side of the road for a bus to go home from work and I spotted it go by me.

"I took an interest in it because I will be using it when it launches in September. But I noticed it was taking a long time to manoeuvre the bend so I knew straight away it was having trouble because I'd seen previous videos of it.

"It seems the back half of it mounted the path and got stuck. Then after a bit a man got off the bus and directed the driver what to do."

A Translink spokesperson said: “This occurred during driver training on a potential diversionary route using North Road – not part of the main Glider route.

“The vehicle was not stuck, but was being driven under caution which caused a very slight delay. The instructor got out to ensure the rear of the vehicle had enough clearance from the lights.

“The Glider route has very few corners and therefore the potential for conflict when turning is minimal.”

The £90m Belfast Rapid Transit (BRT) scheme from the Department for Infrastructure is due to start in September.

It will introduce a new fast bus-based system linking the east and west of the city, as well as the Titanic Quarter. Since its launch roads along the main routes have been reconfigured to accommodate the new service while the vehicles have been undergoing testing

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