New Bus Lane Shankill Road

Adding to yesterdays announcement of the inclusion of motorcycles in the new Bus Lanes introduced in Belfast on the Shore Road, York Road, York Street, and Victoria Street.

A new bus lane will be introduced on the Shankill Road in West Belfast later this month.

The 1.3km (for those still using miles that converts to 0.807782 miles or 1421.6 yards) city-bound route was announced on Monday and comes into operation on 28th November 2011.

Transport Minister Danny Kennedy said it will carry around 550 passengers per hour on 14 buses.

“The increasing number of bus travellers on the route will now have a more reliable service because of this dedicated bus lane,” the UUP minister said.

The city bound bus lane will become operational on Monday 28 November 2011 and will give priority to buses between Lanark Way and Peters Hill from 7.30am – 9.30am, Monday to Friday.

The bus lane shall benefit approximately 14 Metro services/550 passengers per hour.

The bus lane will be available to buses, cycles, motorcycles and Belfast public hire taxis.

It shall be clearly marked with white lines and associated signs.

Granting motorcycle access to certain Bus Lanes in Northern Ireland started in 2004 and was lobbied for by the The British Motorcyclists Federation (BMF) and the Motorcycle Action Group (MAG UK).

Original Source Department for Regional Development (DRD): Click Here


New Bus Lanes Belfast – Click Here

An experimental scheme, allowing motorcycles to use certain bus lanes in Northern Ireland, came into effect on 1 June 2004.

Northern Ireland Motorcyclists Start To Use Bus Lanes – June 2004 pdf 113kb

Code of Conduct For Motorcyclists Using Bus Lanes – December 2008 pdf 276kb

Traffic Advisory Leaflet 2/07 The Use of Bus Lanes by Motorcycles – February 2007 pdf 542kb

Make sure you ride in bus lanes with caution – Plymouth City Council – 2007 pdf 545kb

Blast From The Past 2004

“Ian Paisley Jr’s Democratic Unionist Party took on board the issue of bikers in bus lanes on behalf of riders rights groups. A keen biker and MAG member Mr Paisley comments, “In power we have delivered for bikers in Northern Ireland. In the Department for Regional Development Gregory Campbell and Peter Robinson MP supported to ensure that motorcycles were at long last given access to bus lanes. In the Assembly Sammy Wilson and myself have vigorously campaigned for the interests of Powered Two Wheelers.”


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