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TRANSPORT MASTERPLAN FOR BELFAST CITY CENTRE
Latest News - Last updated 13 November 2013
New Christmas transport package for shoppers and traders
Minister Danny Kennedy has announced a festive package of public transport measures that will help Belfast shoppers and traders in the run up to Christmas.
These will include the expansion of Park and Ride services, free of charge Park and Rides, fare promotions and an embargo on road works starting 25 November and extending over the Christmas period.
The Cairnshill, Sprucefield and Blacks Road Park and Rides will be free of charge and will operate for longer hours during late night shopping days and also on Saturdays. The free Saturday Park and Ride services will start on 16 November. The evening Park and Ride Services will start on 2 December in line with late night shopping arrangements.
Translink will offer a number of attractive fare deals and promotions for bus and rail travel to help make Christmas both more affordable and hassle-free. Full details of the Park and Ride services and all the Translink special tickets and services are available online at http://www.translink.co.uk/christmas2013
Park and Ride an attractive time saving option
Regional Development Minister Danny Kennedy recently challenged BBCNI’s ‘Good Morning Ulster’ (GMU) news programme to compare a rush hour journey made by car with a similar journey using public transport.The challenge was issued following a news programme report on 6 November that Sat Nav manufacture TomTom found Belfast to be the most congested city in the UK. To find out for itself, GMU dispatched one of its reporters, to travel by car in the morning rush hour from Four Winds in the east of the city to Titanic Quarter. The journey of around six miles took about 75 minutes.
Next day, a reporter taking a similar journey, but this time using the Park and Ride bus service from Cairnshill, arrived at their destination in 45 minutes, saving around 30 minutes journey time. Over one week, that could mean around two and a half hours saved on the morning journey alone! The Department’s initiatives to give priority to public transport have, particularly during the last two years, led to improved services and reliability. The success of these and other measures to improve public transport is evidenced from the encouraging increase in passenger numbers.
Just for the record, using public transport, the journey from Cairnshill Park and Ride to Wellington Place in Belfast city centre took just 17 minutes. After a bus change to Titanic Quarter the entire journey took 45 minutes, 30 minutes quicker that travelling by private car.
For more information on the service see Translinks useful guide at:
Cairnshill Park and Ride, Park and Share currently caters for an average of 400 cars per day, as well as the many passengers that are dropped off or walk in. During the morning peak – 8.00 am – 9.00 am there is a bus every 10 minutes using almost continuous bus lanes on Saintfield Road and Ormeau Road. The 652 Service operates via University Avenue stopping at QUB before continuing into the City Centre via Botanic Avenue (drop off), Great Victoria Street. Passengers may disembark on Bedford Street (behind City Hall) or Europa Bus Centre. Typical journey time to Bedford Street is 18-20 minutes.
Cycle lane provision
Work is now nearing completion on Ann Street, from Victoria Street to Oxford Street, with the implementation of a 2 way cycle track on the south side of the carriageway. Resurfacing and green surfacing will be provided within the next few weeks to hightlight the cycle provision.
Further minor improvements have been carried out in Linenhall Street following the completion of the resurfacing of the carriageway. Green surfacing will be provided to hightlight the contra flow cyce lane from Donegall Square South to James Street South. A loading bay has also been provided in the western layby adjacent to Ten Square.
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