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Andrew Muir MLA

Alliance Party Member of the Northern Ireland Assembly for North Down

Alliance Party Finance and Infrastructure Spokesperson

Member of  Assembly Infrastructure and Public Accounts Committeees

Former Mayor of North Down, Councillor and Alliance Party Group Leader on Ards and North Down Borough Council 

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Casework & Constituency queries 

Telephone 028 9052 0351 Email office@andrewmuir.net 

Room 279, Northern Ireland Assembly, Parliament Buildings, Ballymiscaw, Stormont, Belfast, BT4 3XX 

Government must move up a gear in Active Travel investment

Original Government Greenway Strategy in 2016

North Down Alliance Assembly Member, Andrew Muir MLA has raised the need for progress over the establishment of Greenways and other Active Travel measures across North Down after the Infrastructure Minister confirmed just £22,500 will be spent in the constituency during the current financial year. 

Commenting on the issue Mr Muir said “The Northern Ireland Government Greenway Strategy was launched in November 2016 and aims to create 1,000 kilometres of routes along former railway lines, inland waterway paths and other ways to link the Northern Ireland in a new traffic-free network. As we seek to build back a better and more sustainable future from the awful COVID-19 pandemic it’s vital government delivers upon their commitments in creating routes which enable active travel and healthy lifestyles developed in full collaboration and consultation with local people. 

A number of projects have been funded to date but sadly North Down remains at back of the queue with the Infrastructure Minister confirming that the paltry sum of just £22,500 has been set aside for North Down in the current financial year. The Department for Infrastructure must seriously redouble efforts to assist local Councils to deliver Greenways Infrastructure across Northern Ireland which protects of the natural environment and enables safe sharing of paths. 

I will soon be meeting with Ards and North Down Borough Council Officers to discuss what can be done to help progress Greenway plans already in development and will continue to urge the Minister for Infrastructure to moves things up a gear putting the wheels in motion towards greater investment in Active Travel and Greenway Infrastructure across North Down. With many people re-thinking their transport options it’s essential we make cycling and walking as accessible as possible in the future."

Alliance calls for progress on Belfast Road Crossing Measures

Belfast Road, Bangor

Alliance representatives have called upon the Department for Infrastructure to urgently progress planned works for the installation of pedestrian refuges and other road safety measures on the Belfast Road between the Springhill Flyover and Bangor Town Centre. 

Following a recent report from the Department for Infrastructure to Ards and North Down Borough Council, Alliance Councillor Scott Wilson commented “After campaigning for on this issue since 2014 I am frustrated to learn of this further delay. DfI have updated us that the issue is still under consideration and that they will continue to seek an appropriate location for the crossing. While a crossing would be ideal, I can’t understand why the failure to find a suitable location would halt the other work that was promised, which included a number of pedestrian refuge islands” 

“Local residents are desperate for a safe way to cross this very busy section of the Belfast Road and feel they have been let down by the department. I will continue to raise this until the next steps have been confirmed.” 

Commenting on the issue North Down Alliance MLA Andrew Muir said “I was disappointed to learn of the delay to these works after submitting a Written Assembly Question to the Minister for Infrastructure seeking an update over the issue.” 

“Works had originally been due to be included in the programme for the financial year 2019/20 but the Minister updated that the Department had been unable to identify a suitable location for the crossing due to a variety of factors including proximity to junctions and locations of businesses and accesses. This work should have been completed already, and residents are clearly frustrated that what was promised appears to have been shelved. I have written to the Department for Infrastructure Divisional Roads Manager urging for this to be progressed at the earliest opportunity."

Muir calls for path along popular Clandeboye Way Walking Route

North Down Alliance MLA Andrew Muir has requested that a pedestrian path and appropriate slow signs be installed along a section of the popular local walking route from Helen’s Bay to Helen’s Tower.

Commenting on the issue Andrew Muir MLA stated “The route from Helen’s Bay to Helen’s Tower using the Clandeboye Way is well trodden and while most of it is along quiet country paths there is one small section that goes along the Crawfordsburn Road near the Clandeboye Estate.

Along this part of the road there is no footpath and it is very dangerous for pedestrians with some cars passing at speed. After being contacted by a number of concerned walkers I have contacted the local Department for Infrastructure Roads Section and requested they consider installing a pedestrian footpath along this section of the road as well as a slow signage to encourage motorists to reduce their speed. I hope the Department will see fit to move forwards with these measures as they would greatly reduce any risk to walkers and hopefully encourage more people out on this fantastic walking route.”

 

Roads Authority must put the foot down on speeding in Helen's Bay

Andrew Muir MLA at Craigdarragh Road, Helen’s Bay

North Down Alliance MLA Andrew Muir has welcomed the intervention of the Infrastructure Minister after Transport NI refused to consider installation of additional signage to curb speeding traffic along a key route in Helen’s Bay. 

The Alliance MLA contacted the Minister after being contacted by concerned residents with young children worried at speed of vehicles along both Craigdarragh Road and Fort Road in Helen’s Bay. 

Commenting on the issue, Andrew Muir MLA stated “As vehicles enter Helen’s Bay Village along the Craigdarragh Road speeds are meant to reduce to 30 mph but sadly this is not always the case with a real need to get new signage erected reminding motorists to reduce their speed. 

With a number of local residents making contact concerned about safety of pedestrians especially children and younger people I was profoundly disappointed our Roads Authority Transport NI refused to take action and therefore raised with the Infrastructure Minister. I am glad the Minister has thankfully intervened and requested a review of signage in the next few weeks. I would urge the Minister and the Roads Authority to ensure this review elicits action before it’s too late”.

AQW 8380/17-22

DATE FOR ANSWER: THURSDAY 22 OCTOBER 2020

Andrew Muir MLA (Alliance Party)

To ask the Minister for Infrastructure, in light of concerns expressed by local residents in relation to speeding, whether she will consider erecting additional signage on (i) Craigdarragh Road; and (ii) Fort Road, Helen’s Bay, to warn motorists of the 30mph speed limit.

ANSWER

The Highway Code for Northern Ireland states, at rule 124, that the presence of street lights indicates that a 30mph speed limit exists, unless otherwise specified. As Fort Road is within this street lit urban setting, repeater 30mph signs would not be considered appropriate.

Leaving Helens Bay, the Fort Road becomes the Craigdarragh Road and the speed limit changes along this road. I have asked officials to review signage on the Craigdarragh Road in the coming weeks to ensure that the speed limits are signed appropriately.

Where residents have concerns about speeding, I would encourage them to contact the PSNI who are the enforcement authority and can be contacted on their non-emergency number, 101.