Belfast Telegraph

Monday 21 April 2014

Maze travel concerns allayed

Your correspondent IT asks why I and my colleagues have not responded to his query concerning the logistics of transporting visiting fans from the centre of Belfast to the new national stadium at the Maze (Write Back, April 4).

We would have thought that the answer was obvious, given that a greater number of rugby fans have no difficulty making the journey to places such as Croke Park in Dublin. However, at a special meeting of Lisburn council's planning committee, called to hear the architects so rudely rebuffed by the DCAL committee, the experts could see no difficulty and there will be more than sufficient car and coach parking space available at the new stadium.

Blaris Road will be dualled; there will be a new interchange on the M1 at the Maze and the four lane Knockmore Link will facilitate traffic coming from the north of the city.

It is a testament to the strength of the case for a stadium at the Maze that, of all the hundreds of negative arguments in IT's armoury, he considers this one to be the strongest.



Cllr Ronnie Crawford

Lisburn City Council

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