28th October 2016
BELFAST RAPID TRANSIT
Andersonstown Road / Stewartstown Road between Finaghy Road North and Michael Ferguson Roundabout
The work on the section of the Belfast Rapid Transit (BRT) route on the Andersonstown Road / Stewartstown Road between Finaghy Road North and Michael Ferguson Roundabout began in January this year. The works are nearing completion and are on target to be finished in early 2017.
BRT represents a £90m investment in public transport by the Department for Infrastructure, with this section representing a £3.5m investment in the local area.
BRT aims to benefit the increasingly large number of people who use public transport, and offer an attractive alternative to travel by private car, by providing a new kind of public transport service with shorter more reliable journey times on high frequency cross-city services. CCTV, both on the vehicles and at the halts will provide improved security and safety for passengers. In addition to these benefits for passengers, BRT will also benefit the local community through resurfaced roads and footpaths, LED street lighting and improved pedestrian crossing facilities.
The BRT vehicles will be the first of their kind in the country. They will have the characteristics of a tram and will carry around 100 people. They will have 3 sets of double doors to allow for quicker and easier boarding and alighting, double glazing with air-conditioning, a variety of seating and audio visual passenger information. The BRT system will also include new high quality halts with a ‘platform’ feel. They will have improved shelter, a mixture of seating types and ticket machines.
When it becomes fully operational, in September 2018, BRT will connect West Belfast, East Belfast and Titanic Quarter via the city centre and will offer a high quality service providing people with better access to jobs, hospitals, shops, schools, colleges, and entertainment. The BRT route in West Belfast will run from McKinstry Road Roundabout, via the new Colin Town Centre, along Stewartstown Road, Andersonstown Road, Falls Road and Divis Street, to the city centre.
For more information, simply contact:
- Suzanne Lavery
- Tel: 028 9062 9146