A representative of the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust has told residents of south Belfast’s Belvoir estate that work is still continuing towards situating a bus stop closer to the new Knockbreda Healthcare Centre on the Upper Knockbreda Road.
Belvoir residents are concerned that the nearest bus stop to the centre is located hundreds of yards away in front of Knockbreda High School.
Estates manager Jim Hibbert told a meeting hosted by the Belvoir Community Association at Belvoir Park Primary School on Monday night, that discussions were ongoing into the issue.
“The issue is not dead,” he said. “The (Health) Minister (Michael McGimpsey) is continuing to press Translink.
“It’s not up to me to be optimistic or pessimistic, but it does seem there has been some movement.”
Mr Hibbert said that “in an ideal world” there would be a bus stop in front of the centre.
However, he said Translink did not agree with that request as moving a bus stop closer to the centre would require busses to cross four lanes of traffic.
He added that the Minister’s staff was continuing to hold discussions with Translink and that the trust had offered land at the Forster Green Hospital site to be used as a bus turning circle.
In addition, he said there had been a suggestion of moving a bus stop on Upper Galwally closer to the centre. He said the trust was still awaiting feedback on those suggestions. Mr Hibbert suggested that in the meantime users of the centre could consider using the Door-2-Door service.
The centre, which opened earlier this year, will host a number of services including community dental services, social work and nursing services for the elderly.
In addition, the out-of-hours GP service has been relocated to the centre from Forster Green Hospital.