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Murphy Switches on New £10 million Traffic Control System at M1/Westlink

16 September, 2010

Sinn Féin Regional Development Minister Conor Murphy today launched a £10 million traffic control system which will improve the management of traffic flows on the M1/Westlink in Belfast.

The system, which was procured under the M1/Westlink construction works, will operate on both carriageways of the road network between M1 junction 3 (Black’s Road) and A12 Westlink at Clifton Street.

The Minister said:"This new system monitors the speed and flow of traffic on M1/Westlink by detection loops buried in the carriageway. As congestion starts to occur, the traffic control system will automatically adjust the speed limit accordingly, displaying a mandatory speed limit on the overhead gantries and information on variable message signs to inform drivers why the speed limits are being implemented.

“The M1/A12 Westlink route carries approximately 65,000 vehicles per day and this system is an example of how Roads Service is using the latest technology to improve traffic management of this part of the road network. The scheme will enhance road safety, improve traffic flows and lead to more reliable journey times, improved air quality and reduced traffic noise."

The implementation of this traffic control system on the A12 Westlink will be the first time that variable mandatory speed limits have been applied to a road here in the North of Ireland.

This system was part funded by the European Union.

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