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New bus lanes

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They just spring up out of nowhere! When did that 12 hour one outside the Waterfront appear?? Makes no bloody sense at all, just begins in the middle of the road :/

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That one near caught me out the other day. Don't understand it's purpose either.

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It's for the new "rapid transit" system ie exclusive bus lanes.

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Typical depressing short sighted "oh no mammy i wuz late for me work" responses.

Maureen from Belfast, on the Nolan Show: “We car drivers, who pay road tax, can’t get moving at all. There are no buses in the bus lanes. It is complete chaos. My colleague was 45 minutes late. I was half-an-hour late.”

www.belfasttelegraph.c...

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To be honest it's made getting into town on a bus much handier. If only the buses would show up on time we'd be sweet.

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That's what does my head in about getting the bus. They're never on time... and if they start to run fast, they never bother to wait to the correct times.

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waiting for the bus the other day and yes, three arrived at once.
-arrived on schedule tho' so was fine.

All sorts of venom from car drivers - never hear anything in media about bus passengers' experiences.

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Which one arrived on schedule though? 2 out of the 3 (possibly all 3) weren't on schedule really though.

Guy was saying about how people in cars cut through the town to save time on journeys etc. He's dead right. I do it all the time. Belfast City Centre could easily get rid of a fair bit of it's traffic, I don't know why so many of the motorists are complaining.

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The bus I get are 25 mins apart and yet two come at once. How can one be 25 mins late and the other on time when they are taking the same route. If it rarely happened I could put it down to freak occurrence but it happens few times a week.

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havent had any problems because i commute on a bike, ah gee x a million

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something like 60% percent of journeys are through journeys.

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only change to my commute is having to filter inbetween 2 lanes of stationary cars as i come up queens bridge, before getting into the shared bus lanes and having a great aul sprint the rest of the way into work.

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They are complaining because its change. ANy change brings moaning until it gets used too.

As the facts stand it makes sense for bus lanes to be introduced.

Although I can't see how it will produce other routes not being congested away from the city centre.

There was a business man on the news last night dead against it who spoke eloquently but in fact did not make one single point as to why it was bad for businesses.

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Good news for cyclists, we can now bounce between footpaths and bus lanes

LOL @ people claiming a right to the road because they pay road tax

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I'd believe that, the amount of times I'm heading down to The Hudson at various times of day and the taxi driver will ask if it's quicker to go Malone/Town or down the M1 and the answer is always that it's basically the same. Funny approach from Roads Service to make town less attractive to motorists rather than make the motorways more attractive though.

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Footpaths? I thought that wasn't allowed ya crazy cyclist

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It isn't but until cycle paths are all over Belfast it isn't safe enough to cycle on the roads full time. Cars either pull out in front of you or cycle a meter away from your back wheel

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im assuming the road planning around the peripheral route means they are designed to take higher volumes of traffic?

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theres another few km of cycle lanes coming in soon too in the city centre. mind you its the policing of their usage (like cars parking in them) and condition of them that needs to be sorted too. be nice if they could all be properly segregated too.

the shared usage lanes have been pretty good so far in the city centre.

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OK, the whole road tax thing. Its vehicle excise duty not road tax. Road tax was only used exclusively to pay from roads from 1920 - 1937. Even then most of the road upkeep money came from everyone else's tax and this is even more so the case today. Car tax as it should really be called actually only covers a very small percentage of road upkeep. So we are all contributing to roads not just the drivers.

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when i cycled everywhere i always used footpaths. now that i drive everywhere i think the wanky cyclists should do as i did and get the fuck off the road!

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They're still full of bottlenecks though, coming off the motorway and heading for city centre should be a lot easier than it is. But sure that's only on one side of the river, where's the east's peripheral route? The knock carriageway isn't exactly handy for city centre.

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we all pay road tax, the roads are maintained using tax from fegs, clothes, food etc. motorists pay vehicle excise duty, according to the emissions from their car. i hate when people say they pay road tax and assume it entitles them to special treatment on the roads. cunts.

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Its a work in progress, will probably never hit the accessibility seen in cities like London or Berlin. Even the police don't stop cyclists on the footpath as they know its too dangerous on the roads.

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changing Gt Vic St into one way (for regular traffic) and diverting that traffic to parallel Durham St (also to be one-way) www.wesleyjohnston.com...

Missed 18:30 news, but saw DKennedy on 10:30 news last night being badgered by the car-using journalist.

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that change to gt victoria st will take a fair bit of getting used to. i take its one way heading towards south belfast?

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yah, verra match.

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It's pretty insane that a city like Belfast that essentially has a motorway through the city centre is so over-congested at times.

Also these bus lanes, the one behind city hall is really, really weird.

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what you mean?

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The way it randomly divides off and then merges back in again and seems to give priority to non-bus traffic.

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"we all pay road tax"

No we don't. There's no such thing as road tax.

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The new bus lane behind city hall baffles the fuck out of me. If I'm coming up that stretch and I want to go left at the end, I've no idea when I'm supposed in the left lane. Can I even turn left now to go past Ulster Hall? It seems really unclear to me.

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yeah you can take a left there. at that point the bus lane has changed to the other sid eof the road i.,e. the right most lane.

it makes sense in that up may street there are bus stops to drop off for the city centre. then theres the prioritised traffic lights which stop the traffic to allow the buses to cross over to the right hand side as they need to be there to turn off to come into the terminus.

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Drove through Dublin on the motorway last week and some silly bitch in front of me chucked a coke can out her window. it was coming right at my windscreen forcing me to swerve, pretty hairy at 80mph. It was probably empty but when a coke can is flying towards you at that speed your brain doesn;t allow much time to ponder the chances of it smashing your windscreen or not. you just react. She then flashed her hazards upon realising her complete dumbfuckery

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I'd have followed her, then murdered her.

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Thought about it but she had a 'baby on board' sign in the back so I woulda made some poor kid an orphan

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Would've taken them out too.

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JL today @ 12:14 p.m.
Thought about it but she had a 'baby on board' sign in the back so I woulda made some poor kid an orphan

See the 'things that annoy you' thread for what the baby on boards stick means

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it means the cars owner is a twat.

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new bus lanes are fantastic. i will finish my journey to town 2 minutes quicker.

its just unfortunate that buses are usually late, or dont show up at all.

burn translink to the ground

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