All roads lead to improved city transport
The roadworks in and around Belfast city centre are the first major works since the 1960s.
Previously, Belfast was a city congested with streets of two-way traffic. Can we imagine how traffic would flow if Victoria Street (towards Albert Clock), Wellington Place, May and Howard Streets were reverted to two-way traffic? The result would be gridlock for most of the day.
The forward thinking of city planners is to provide a Belfast of the future; one where the car driver leaves their vehicle on the periphery of the city and uses public transport to conduct business, hence most of the city's car parks are at the edge of the pedestrian zone.
Unfortunately, Belfast is not blessed with a London Transport-style network of underground trains, or a Dublin overground tram system, but we need to start somewhere.
If we don't, in a few years, traffic in Belfast will grind to a halt. In the meantime, people will have to change their attitude and love of the car.
In a few years, we'll be wondering what all the fuss was about.
Newtownabbey, Co Antrim
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