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Belfast ‘could shrink up and die’ over jams

New traffic measures that have been put in place at the rear of Belfast City Hall on Howard Street. of the new traffic measures that have been put in place at the rear of Belfast City Hall on Howard Street.
New traffic measures that have been put in place at the rear of Belfast City Hall on Howard Street. of the new traffic measures that have been put in place at the rear of Belfast City Hall on Howard Street.

BY VICTORIA O’HARA

Escalating traffic problems in Belfast need to be addressed by Roads Minister Danny Kennedy or the city could “shrink up and die”, councillors have warned.

Council backed calls for an urgent meeting with Mr Kennedy to discuss a rise in congestion.

The SDLP’s Pat McCarthy proposed to meet the minister as soon as possible. He claimed the current roadworks linked to the DRD’s Belfast On The Move project has led to journeys of 10 or 15 minutes taking up to an hour.

“Our city will not prosper, our city will shrink and die unless we get to grips with the traffic,” he said. “A journey of 10-15 minutes is now taking an hour.”

Lord Mayor Gavin Robinson said he had led a forum regarding Belfast On The Move.

He said an offer was made to have a similar meeting over the next phase of work, adding: “It was not something the Department for Regional Development was keen on.”

Mr Robinson said he was meeting Mr Kennedy today on another issue but would raise the matter. Council backed the proposal.

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