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Transport in Belfast


Transportation systems in the city of Belfast, Northern Ireland include road, air, rail, and sea. It is still a relatively car dependent city , however it is also served by a comprehensive rail and bus network. Belfast also ran electric trams prior to 1954. The city has two major airports and the Port of Belfast is the busiest ferry port on the island of Ireland.

Cars and buses :

Belfast is a now a relatively car-dependent city, by European standards, with an extensive road network including the ten lane M2 motorway. A recent survey of how people travel in Northern Ireland showed that people in Belfast made 77% of all journeys by car, 11% by public transport and 6% on foot. It also showed that Belfast has 0.70 cars per household compared to figures of 1.18 in the East and 1.14 in the West of Northern Ireland.

Most public transport in Northern Ireland is operated by the subsidiaries of Translink. Bus services in the city proper and the nearer suburbs are operated by Translink Metro, with services focusing on linking residential districts with the City Centre on twelve quality bus corridors running along main radial roads, resulting in poor connections between different suburban areas. More distant suburbs are served by Ulsterbus. A small number of private operators are also present, including Aircoach who operate a non-stop route from Belfast to Dublin City, via Dublin Airport which competes with services offered by Translink.

Black taxis are common in the city, operating on a share basis in some areas. Separate associations serving nationalist and unionist areas operate throughout Belfast. During the Troubles, nationalist taxi drivers in West Belfast and Ardoyne became targets for loyalist assassination campaigns. Today black taxis take tourists on tours of the city's sectarian murals. They are now outnumbered by private hire minicabs.

Railways :

Northern Ireland Railways provides suburban services along three lines running through Belfast’s northern suburbs to Carrickfergus and Larne, eastwards towards Bangor and south-westwards towards Lisburn and Portadown. This service is known as the Belfast Suburban Rail system.

Northern Ireland Railways is the sole public railway operator in Northern Ireland. The network serving Greater Belfast is known as Belfast Suburban Rail and is owned by Translink. These provide rail services along four major routes:

Belfast-Larne railway line runs through Belfast’s northern suburbs to Carrickfergus and Larne

Belfast-Bangor railway line runs eastwards towards Bangor

Belfast-Newry railway line and south-westwards through Lisburn and Portadown to Newry

Belfast-Derry railway line and north eastern through Antrim and Coleraine to Derry

Some important rail stations in Belfast include Belfast Central, Great Victoria Street, Botanic, City Hospital, Yorkgate. The Enterprise is a cross-border inter-city train service between Dublin Connolly in the Republic of Ireland and Belfast Central in Northern Ireland. It is jointly operated by Iarnród Éireann (IE) and Northern Ireland Railways (NIR). (From Wikipedia)
 

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Belfast Rapid Transit - Glider (BRT - Glider) is an innovative and ambitious project that will create a new and dynamic public transport system for Belfast. BRT will operate under the brand name Glider. BRT - Glider will offer a high quality service providing people with better access to jobs, hospitals, shops, schools, colleges, and entertainment.



The BRT system will use high quality Glider vehicles which will provide a modern, comfortable environment for passengers in terms of space, security and on-board information. The BRT system will also incorporate high quality halts with easy access to vehicles, real time information systems for easier journey planning and off-vehicle ticketing to speed up the boarding process. The speed, reliability and comfort of the Glider services will provide an attractive alternative to private car use.




First phase of the BRT network, which is currently being implemented, will link East Belfast, West Belfast and Titanic Quarter via the city centre.

It is the intention to extend the BRT network to other areas of Belfast, subject to the success of phase 1 and the availability of funding. The Department is already engaging with those responsible for proposed developments on potential routes outside the current network to ensure as far as possible that the future provision of BRT to key areas is not prejudiced.

Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) will enable users to be better informed and make safer, more coordinated, and ‘smarter’ use of public transport networks.

ITS on the Glider services will include:

-accurate real-time passenger information including pre-trip and real-time journey information via onboard displays and through internet and mobile phone services

-audio announcements on board the vehicles

-automatic vehicle location system and signal control systems designed to give priority for Glider vehicles at signalised junctions

More info :
https://www.infrastructure-ni.gov.uk/articles/belfast-rapid-transit-glider-introduction
 

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Belfast Rapid Transit - Glider - introduction


http://www.wesleyjohnston.com/roads/images/20171005-brt-progress.jpg

This scheme will see the introduction of a bus-based rapid system in Belfast known as Glider. The initial plan, announced in November 2012, is for three routes, all to be opened in September 2018:

CITI - Queen Elizabeth Bridge > Queen’s Quay > Queen’s Road to Titanic Quarter and returning to the city centre via Queen’s Road > Queen’s Quay > Station Street > Bridge End > Queen’s Bridge.

EWAY - City Centre > Albertbridge Road > Upper Newtownards Road to park-and-ride somewhere in Dundonald

WWAY - City Centre > Divis Street > Falls Road > Andersonstown Road > Stewartstown Road to a park and ride site near Dairy Farm and/or McKinstry Road Roundabout

Although they will use bus lanes, the system will operate with high-specification vehicles with a tram-like feel including off-vehicle ticketing. The Regional Development Minister said that he expected the scheme to run at five-minute intervals at peak times and attract 5.5 million passengers per year. The scheme promises fast journey times, an element that hinges on the use of a dedicated rapid transit lane on almost the entire length of each route. The ultimate ambition seems to be to add routes running from the city centre to the north and south. More :
http://www.wesleyjohnston.com/roads/belfastrapidtransit.html
 
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