Belfast’s £90million bus rapid transit service started operating on 3 September. ALAN MILLAR explains its role in trying to build connections between communities in this divided city and finds out what Translink is doing to try to overcome teething troubles encountered in its first few weeks

Rear view of Van Hool Exqui.City 3227 (HGZ 8227) in the city centre, with one of the banners heralding the arrival of rapid transit in Belfast. STUART RENDER
Map showing the routes that came into operation on 3 September. TRANSLINK
Where possible, drain covers have been moved into kerbs to improve ride quality over resurfaced roads. This one is in Titanic Quarter.

Launched on 3 September, Belfast’s new Glider bus rapid transit, like Bristol’s new Metrobus network, is urban BRT on a bigger scale than anywhere else in the UK.

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