Infrastructure Minister John O’Dowd traveled to West Belfast to discuss a range of road and traffic issues in the area.
During his visit, the Minister met with community members and elected officials at a number of sites to hear their concerns firsthand and discuss potential actions. This included a visit to the junction of McKinstry Road and The Cutts to discuss road safety issues and a meeting with the Hannahstown Community Association regarding the provision of a new pedestrian route through the village.
Minister O’Dowd said: ‘I had the pleasure of visiting a number of sites in West Belfast today to receive representations on behalf of residents on important issues such as road maintenance , active transportation programs and traffic calming measures I am committed to listening to local authorities people and making improvements where possible.
“I am very aware of the public concerns about the right turn facilities at the junction of McKinstry Road and The Cutts. The solution identified to solve this problem is to fully control the right turn movements in the signaling phase and I am pleased to inform that the detailed design of such a project has just been completed and land acquisition is also progressing.My officials are also working on the preparation of contract documents for the project.Subject to availability of resources This will enable the Department to move the project forward upon satisfactory completion of the land acquisition process.
“I also had a very useful meeting with the Hannahstown Community Association and assured them that improving pedestrian facilities in Hannahstown is a priority for me. My department is fully committed to advancing the design of the proposed new gateway as soon as possible. Delivery of the scheme will be dependent on the availability of funding when all statutory procedures have been completed.”