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New interim relief road to open to deal with traffic chaos in Belfast Harbour

LIVE: Belfast Queen’s Road, Friday evening traffic

Posted by Belfast Telegraph on Friday, August 17, 2018

A new road is set to open to help deal with traffic disruption in the Belfast Harbour area which has been created ahead of the introduction of the Glider bus service.

Belfast Harbour, the port authority responsible for management of the area, said it was aware of the disruption to weekday peak evening traffic between Queen's Road and Sydenham Road.

To deal with this, it will be taking the short-term step of opening an "interim relief road" linking Queen's Road and Sydenham Road at peak evening times from next week.

"Belfast Harbour and Titanic Quarter Ltd remain fully supportive of a functioning Belfast Rapid Transit system in the city and continue to engage with the Department for Infrastructure and Translink to find solutions that will resolve the problem and reduce congestion for all those who work, live and visit Titanic Quarter," a Belfast Harbour spokesperson said.

Queen’s Road traffic congestion yesterday

Translink said it was working with the Department for Infrastructure and Belfast Harbour, and welcomed the involvement of Catalyst Inc, which runs a science park based in the Titanic Quarter.

“We recognise there has been significant challenges for motorists in recent days and are committed to working with all stakeholders to resolve the issue. However, there is also strong support from all parties for the introduction of Glider and the many benefits it will bring for the area," the Translink spokeswoman said.

“Translink management will be visiting Catalyst Inc again on Tuesday August 21 to provide information to local businesses on public transport travel options available and on the new Glider service."

A spokesperson for Catalyst Inc said it had met with the Department for Infrastructure, Translink and Belfast Harbour on Friday to discuss issues with traffic, and that the Department and Translink would be making a decision next week on the "way forward" with the Glider bus service.

It said it will be meeting with representatives from Belfast Harbour on Wednesday to discuss the longer term future of traffic in the area.

"Catalyst Inc are committed to working with the Department, Translink, Belfast Harbour and our tenants to find innovative solutions and provide a great experience for those people based on the campus, regardless of how they commute," the spokesperson said.

"Regular meetings have been agreed to review plans and the impact of interventions and Catalyst Inc will continue to engage with tenants to keep them updated on plans and get their feedback."

The Department for Infrastructure will be monitoring the situation in the area on Friday afternoon, taking account of the traffic situation.

Monitoring will continue on Monday and Tuesday and will focus on ways to optimise traffic signalling in the area.

The interim relief road operating between Queen's Road and Sydenham Road will be available to workers leaving Catalyst Inc who would normally turn left on the Sydenham Road.

On Tuesday, Translink staff will be visiting staff at Catalyst Inc to provide information about public transport options.

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