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03 June 2008

RD 04 /08


Developing a rapid transit system for Belfast could bring social and environmental benefits to the city, the Committee for Regional Development has said.

Speaking today, after the Take Note Debate on Rapid Transit in Belfast, the Chairperson of the Committee for Regional Development, Fred Cobain MLA, said:

“The Committee has considered the strategic outline case for Rapid Transit in Belfast since April 2008 and held many discussions with Departmental officials. Members also had the opportunity to see for themselves some of the proposed routes in Belfast. In principle, we would support such a system.

“However, the devil is in the detail – and further work remains to be done on the use of guidance technology, off road segregation, city centre traffic management and on street parking.

“To maximise the passenger numbers and positive passenger experience, there must be: the greatest possible degree of separation between the rapid transit way and other road users, full integration with other forms of public transport, and the best use made of green technologies.

“There are opportunities now to have a truly integrated and forward looking infrastructure for Belfast with benefits for Northern Ireland as a whole – these must not be wasted.”


Notes for Editors :

Membership of the Regional Development Committee is as follows:


Mr Fred Cobain


Deputy Chairperson:

Mr Jim Wells


Committee Members:

Mr William Irwin



Mr Stephen Moutray



Mr George Robinson



Mr Brian Wilson



Mr Cathal Boylan



Mr Willie Clarke



Mr Raymond McCartney



Mr John Dallat



Mr John McCallister


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