South Belfast Ulster Unionist Assembly Member, Michael McGimpsey, today called upon the public to voice their views on the consultation to substantially alter traffic arrangements in Belfast City Centre.
The consultation was released by Transport Minister, Conor Murphy, at the start of October for one month. The plans are set to redistribute the traffic lanes in favour of public buses, cyclists and pedestrians.
In a statement Michael said:
“I am very keen to hear the views of the public on these proposals.”
“I have concerns that the proposals will only create greater congestion in the City Centre. They could also have an impact in South Belfast, especially in the Sandy Row, Donegall Road and Donegall Pass areas as commuters currently use these areas as ‘rat runs’ into and out of Belfast. In addition the potential for gridlock on the Lisburn Road and Malone Road could also occur if these proposals are accepted.”
“I share the desire of many to encourage more people to use public transport however such proposals must not be at the expense of local communities who live in and around the City Centre.”
“I would encourage people to ‘have their say’ during this consultation period before the closing date on 30th November 2010 so that everyone’s voice is heard on the issue.”