Change in parking measures on major north Belfast road 'will boost trade'
New parking regulations for one of Belfast's main arterial routes into the city should bring about a boost for business, it has been claimed.
However, an MLA who lobbied for the change has insisted the changes on the Antrim Road in north Belfast don't go far enough.
From Monday, new measures will see a 'tidal urban clearway' introduced from the Cliftonville Road junction with the Antrim Road up to Glengormley. Parking will be banned on the city-bound side between 8am and 9.30am and on the country-bound side from 4.30pm to 6pm.
Businesses along the road have said the previous measures, which barred parking on both sides of the road during both busy periods, put people off stopping along the road to visit shops.
Paul Carlin, chair of the Antrim Road Business Association, said he hoped the change would bring about a boost for trade.
"The Antrim Road is a thriving place to do business. There are new businesses coming in and established traders looking at how they do business and how they can evolve.
"It was noticed, particularly in the afternoon, that there was a drop in trade under the old rule. This will now mean people can park on one side of the road at the busy times and hopefully we'll see more people doing it. This brings us into line with other parts of the city, which is only right.
"We welcome this change and I would encourage all to stop by on the Antrim Road, we have many great businesses and hospitality offerings."
SDLP MLA for the area Nichola Mallon lobbied for the change to be made.
She said: "The current system was restrictive so we welcome the move.
"However, we did ask for the measure to be introduced all the way to Carlisle Circus so that it would be consistent and all businesses would benefit. We will continue to press for that."