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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."