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Keep an eye out for several new bus priority lanes being installed in the city early next year - on Courtenay Place, Cambridge Terrace and Adelaide Road. The bus lanes will provide a more reliable public transport service between the city and southern and eastern suburbs.
Work starts in Courtenay Place on Monday 9 January and will be done at night to minimise disruption.
New bus lanes will run almost the length of Courtenay Place on both sides and operate all the time. Cars are allowed on the small section between Taranaki Street and Reading Cinema, except for between 4.00pm and 6.00pm weekdays. Several car parks outside Molly Malone's will be removed to make room for the bus lane on that side.
On Cambridge Terrace the bus lane will run from the Basin Reserve almost to Courtenay Place. It will operate during peak morning hours only (7.00am - 9.00am), which will affect parking spaces between Buckle Street and Fifeshire Avenue.
In February, the existing clearways on Adelaide Road, between the Basin Reserve and John Street, will be replaced with bus lanes, which will operate at peak times - 7.00am - 9.00am if you're heading towards the city and 4.00pm - 6.00pm southbound.
All bus lanes will come into effect as soon as the white lane markings appear. The green surfacing will be applied progressively in Courtenay Place and along Cambridge Terrace.
The Council's Transport Portfolio Leader, Councillor Andy Foster, says the bus lanes will have minimal impact on general traffic and parking along these routes.
"What's important here is to enable buses to bypass congestion at peak times. People are much more likely to take the bus if the journey times are predictable and they know the buses will operate on time."
In the coming months we plan to install new traffic lights at the two pedestrian zebra crossings near Allen and Blair streets, which will improve pedestrian safety.