Belfast Telegraph

Public to inspect Belfast's rapid transport plans

By Claire Harrison

Advanced plans to ease traffic congestion in Belfast with a rapid transit system are to be released for public consultation next month.

Regional Development Minister Danny Kennedy has led a study visit to Nantes in France to see the operation of a bus-based rapid transit system there as he prepares to gauge public reaction to proposals for a similar system in the Greater Belfast area.

The minister was joined by members of the regional development committee and representatives from Belfast City Council, Lisburn City Council and Castlereagh Borough Council on the trip. They examined the Nantes BusWay, a 4.5-mile route which began operation in November 2006, serving 15 stops.

“Encouraging a shift away from the car and onto public transport, particularly in urban areas, with positive benefits in reducing congestion and emissions is the overall aim of the proposals for Belfast Rapid Transit,” Mr Kennedy said.

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