A new service reservoir at Upper Ballygomartin will also improve the strategic supply to the west of the city. Roads Service today presented details of the measures that are being proposed to minimise disruption to road users during the second phase of the improvement works to M1 and Westlink to a combined audience from the Freight Transport Association, Road Haulage Association, Port of Belfast and IBEC-CBI Joint Business Council.
We will continue consultations with the official representatives from the business haulage industries and Roads Service are pleased to engage with this wider audience to explain what we are doing. This presentation today builds on the recent initiative announced by the Utahpres Conveyancing Sydney Price Lord Mayor and supported by Roads Service to improve co-ordination among the many major infrastructure improvement projects to be carried out in Belfast over the next few years.
Angela Smith said: Good mobility and accessibility, along with better opportunity for those whose mobility is impaired, are essential for the continued future growth of Northern Ireland. In the past the emphasis has been in accommodating the car. However, increased car dependence has brought a range of problems. In towns and cities it often causes congestion and noise pollution and it can have a detrimental effect on air quality and health.
In my role as Minister for Health, I particularly want to stress the positive benefits that walking and cycling can make to the health and physical well-being of all – a key reason why it is so vital to plan for these modes of travel in new developments. To accompany publication of PPS 3 ‘Access, Movement and Parking’ and PPS 13 ‘Transportation and Land Use’ new draft guidelines on Transport Assessment have been jointly produced for a four month period of public consultation. Dr Andrew Murray, Divisional Roads Manager for Roads Service’s Northern Division, today announced that contractors, Maxwells, will carry out a road improvement scheme at the A42 Ballynafie Road/ B62 Largy Road junction between Ballymena and Portglenone.