£200,000 Road Improvement Scheme for Ligoniel

KENNEDY - £200,000 ROAD IMPROVEMENT SCHEME FOR LIGONIEL ROAD, BELFAST

Regional Development Minister Danny Kennedy has announced the start of a £200,000 major resurfacing scheme that will also incorporate traffic calming measures on the Ligoniel Road, Belfast. ~ Thursday, 30 January 2014

This carriageway work is due to begin on 15 February 2014 between the Crumlin Road and Mill Avenue. The Minister said: “Benefits of scheme are the overall strengthening of the road structure and an improved carriageway surface whilst the traffic calming scheme will reduce vehicle speeds along the road and improve road safety for all road users, particularly vulnerable road users such as pedestrians and cyclists.”

Speaking about the benefits of traffic calming measures, the Minister continued: “My Department is committed to playing its part in achieving the targets set by The Northern Ireland Road Safety Strategy through the implementation of road safety engineering measures. It is in this context a high priority is given to the introduction of traffic calming schemes in residential areas. Schemes like these help ensure that vehicles are driven at speeds that are appropriate to local conditions.”

To help minimise any inconvenience to the travelling public the work is programmed to be completed during the school mid-term break and will carried using a one –way closure.

Between 15 February and 23 February 2014 a one way closure from the Crumlin Road will be in operation to facilitate preparation worksThe work will be carried out on the Monday to the Friday between 9.30am and 4.30pm. For both weekends the work is planned to commence 7.00am and finish at 6.00pm. During the closure all traffic will be diverted using Crumlin Road and Ballyhill Road.

The above planned dates are subject to favourable weather conditions and Roads Service will keep the public informed of any change.

Roads Service has carefully programmed the works operations and traffic management arrangements in order to minimise any inconvenience to the public, however motorists should be aware that some delays may be expected and that additional time should be allowed when planning any journeys.

Notes to editors

  1. The decision to provide a traffic calming scheme is based upon an assessment process which takes account of a number of factors including: the accident history of the site, with additional weighting being applied to collisions involving vulnerable road users, the speed, volume and type of traffic, and the characteristics of the general area.
  2. A traffic survey on this road indicated that a significant number of vehicles were travelling in excess of the speed limit. A number of injury collisions had also occurred. Following discussions with residents, elected representatives and the PSNI the design for a scheme was progressed and a consultation process was successfully completed.
  3. All media queries should be directed to the Department for Regional Development Press Office on 028 9054 0004. Out of hours please contact the duty press officer via pager number 07699 715440 and your call will be returned.