Maskey welcomes revised measures to Belfast Rapid Transit system
Speaking after news that the Department for Infrastructure is to implement a number of revised measures to the Belfast Rapid Transit (BRT) system in response to the recent public consultation, West Belfast MP Paul Maskey said:
“Over the past year local business owners and taxi drivers have been in contact with me to express their concern that their livelihoods would be badly affected by the significant changes which were proposed to be implemented at the commencement of the Rapid Transit System.
“A large number of taxi drivers in West Belfast and other parts of the city along with business owners along the BRT route also made submissions to the consultation to express their concerns.
“Sinn Féin took all of these local concerns on board and I raised them in my own submission to the consultation.
“I am pleased that the Department appear to be taking these views into consideration by implementing a 12 month extended trial to allow all taxis into bus lanes across Belfast.
“They have indicated that the proposed two hour loading and offloading period will now be extended to four hours which will run from 10am-2pm each day that the BRT System operates.
“Assurances have also been given by the Department that funeral processions will be allowed to continue to use the inside lane on the BRT routes.
“I will be requesting a meeting with the Permanent Secretary to deal with several outstanding issues which we would like to see addressed before the commencement of the BRT operation.”