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Hazzard confirms Christmas roadworks embargo and shopper transport incentives

4 November, 2016 - by Chris Hazzard

Infrastructure Minister Chris Hazzard has confirmed a Christmas embargo on roadworks and a transport incentives package to encourage Christmas shopping in Belfast City Centre.

The roadworks embargo for all non essential work on key routes will run from 28 November to 3 January 2017.

Minister Hazzard said:

 “As towns and cities across the north prepare for the busy Christmas period, I am keen to do what I can to support local businesses and provide shoppers with a range of public transport options that meet their needs, while keeping the traffic moving.

“The roadworks embargo has been ongoing for number of years and I am grateful to all the utilities involved for their continued support with this highly successful initiative.”

Commenting on joint transport incentives package between the Department for Infrastructure, Translink and Belfast City Council, Minister Hazzard said: 

“It is vital that traffic flow around the City is maintained during rush hour and the Christmas shopping period. Our public transport network plays a key part in ensuring disruption is kept to a minimum. The recent changes in the exchange rate means we also have more people coming North to shop and we need to be mindful of the impact that can have on our roads network.

“Jointly, my Department, Translink and Belfast City Council have developed a range of transport incentives to manage traffic flow, including extending park and ride opening hours, reduced fares and the works embargo. I also would like to welcome the Council’s decision to maintain car parking charges at the current level and I believe combined, all of these measures will help ensure smoother traffic flow around the city and a better experience for traders and shoppers alike.

“This is a real example of an integrated approach which will help to improve journey times and increase the use of public transport. This is a key outcome in the draft Programme for Government and is good news for our environment and economy and will deliver real benefits for all.”

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