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Maskey to raise concerns of residents and business on Rapid Transport Scheme

18 January, 2019 - by Paul Maskey

Sinn Féin MP Paul Maskey said today he will be raising difficulties faced by residents and local businesses as a result of the Belfast Rapid Transport Scheme with the Department of Infrastructure.

Paul Maskey said: 

“Belfast Rapid Transport was designed to assist people to travel across the city and to attract greater footfall to local businesses. 

“In environmental and public health terms it is already proving successful. It has however caused some difficulties for businesses and residents along the immediate route of the new bus lanes.

“I have met with the Department for Infrastructure on a number of occasions to discuss these issues and to try to find a practical way to address them including the provision of additional lay-byes along the route to allow vehicle users additional space to park. 

“The department have said they will review all aspects of BRT after 12 months but I am proposing that some of the more obvious measures could be taken now.

“Sinn Féin held a packed public meeting before Christmas in the mid-Falls area to speak with residents about a residents’ parking scheme to alleviate their issues. 

“The Department is currently devising proposals for this and we will be working to have this implemented as soon as possible. 

“I have another meeting organised in the next two weeks with the Permanent Secretary of the Department for Infrastructure and I will be raising these issues with her.

“Other items on the agenda will be road infrastructure in west Belfast, taxi use of bus lanes in Belfast and a new cycle path for the west.”

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