At the tail end of 2013 the Department of Regional Development started a trial to relax Urban Clearway restrictions on the main routes from the south of Belfast into the city centre. Car parking was to be allowed countrybound in the morning, and citybound in the evening. The reason for the change was to encourage local trade.
The Urban Clearway restrictions are in force citybound between 7:30 and 9:30, countrybound between 16:30 and 18:00.
So how is the trial going? Friday, 23 May 2014, 8:56. Lisburn Road citybound:
Oh look! They got a ticket! But that doesn’t deter others.
And why are they there?
The driver kept the engine running and had the car in reverse gear.
You can view that whole sequence here.
Further down the road:
Full marks to Lynas for keeping the bus lane clear. Zero marks for obstructing pedestrians. Not as if pedestrians can go on the road to bypass the HGV:
200 metres down the road:
We can’t forget taxi drivers:
And our daily bread:
Is this encouraging our local economy? Or is it inconveniencing public transport and endangering cyclists?
This trial was to run for 6 months and ends next week, at the end of May 2014. It has been a resounding failure. No doubt DRD will reinstate the previous restrictions…
Update 17 July 2014:
Having received no negative feedback from stakeholders the trial arrangements were made permanent at the end of the 6 month extension.