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Appointment of project team director for Belfast rapid transit system

14 January, 2009

Sinn Féin Regional Development Minister Conor Murphy MP, MLA today announced the appointment of Mr Ciarán de Búrca as Director of the Project Team which will implement the Rapid Transit system in Belfast.

Mr de Búrca was appointed, following an open public competition, effective from week commencing 12 January 2009.

The Minister said:

"Ciarán de Búrca brings a wide range of valuable public transport experience to the Rapid Transit project.

"Under his leadership the new Rapid Transit delivery team will take forward the plans for a Rapid Transit system in Belfast. This project is our opportunity to create a new dynamic transportation system for the city, one that helps link people to jobs, hospitals, schools and colleges."

Speaking about his appointment, Mr de Búrca said:

"I am looking forward to the challenge of delivering a world class Rapid Transit system in Belfast. I believe this new transport system will deliver a step change in the quality of public transport in Belfast and, together with other Departmental initiatives, provide a sustainable transport option which will encourage people out of their cars and into public transport thus helping to reduce congestion and emissions." ENDS

Notes to Editors

  1. Mr de Búrca is a chartered engineer by profession and a fellow of Engineers Ireland. He was employed by Dublin City Council as the Project Manager for the Quality Bus Network. Previously he was Project engineer on the Dublin City Council's LUAS project team involved in contract negotiation and procurement.
  2. The Department for Regional Development published a Strategic Outline Case (SOC) on 8 April 2008 which examined the potential technologies and routes for a rapid transit network. On 27 November 2008 the Executive endorsed the Minister's decision to proceed to the detailed design of a bus based Rapid Transit system connecting Belfast City Centre to East Belfast, West Belfast and Titanic Quarter. This pilot network will cost approximately £150million.
  3. The detailed design phase will involve a number of statutory processes and consultation with stakeholders, including local communities.
  4. The Programme for Government highlights rapid transit as a key priority with a commitment to start work on the first scheme by 2011.

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