City traffic slowest on Ormeau Road

Published Tuesday, 19 February 2013
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The Ormeau Road has the slowest morning rush hour traffic in Belfast, according to Road Service figures.

City traffic slowest on Ormeau Road
The Ormeau road recorded the slowest average traffic speed. (© Pacemaker)

It was revealed after Conall McDevitt, SDLP MLA for South Belfast enquired about peak time traffic in Greater Belfast in the assembly.

The figures come from average speeds recorded in the Roads Service Journey Time Survey from 2011 on 11 predetermined arterial routes were detailed by Regional Development Minister Danny Kennedy.

During 7.30 to 9.15am the slowest average speed of 6.37mph was recorded inbound on the Ormeau Road.

This was followed by average speeds of just over 10mph inbound on the Newtownards Road and Falls Road.

Responding to the findings, Mr McDevitt said that Mr Kennedy must do more to tackle congestion in Belfast.

"The figures I relieved from the Minister in response to my question show that there is much to be done to reduce congestion across the city at peak times," he said.

"Regular commuters will not be surprised to see that many journey speeds on arterial routes in and out of the city do not pass 10mph at peak times, but many have no other option, particularly those from rural areas, who are poorly served by public transport.

He continued: "The Department must promote access to the city, both for those with access to public transport and those without, as traffic speeds of 6.37mph are unacceptable.

"We need a lot of investment in better park-and-ride facilities, more frequent buses from those facilities, we need to really make it attractive for people coming into town to want to use public transport."

The MLA said he will be introducing a Private Members Bill to reduce the speed limit on urban residential roads to 20mph to encourage safer and consistent speeds.

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5 Comments
Mark in Belfast wrote (525 days ago):
Start policing the bus lanes to let cyclists and bus users get through SAFELY
alan d in bangor wrote (526 days ago):
we r let down by road service planning european countries split road use by schools working 8 to 2 or 10 to 4, 24 hour clearways on main routes and these have very little expense on the public purse, so come on road service ease r commuting pain.
kathy in saintfield rd wrote (526 days ago):
My job requires I visit schools therefore I regularly have to travel down the Saintfield Rd / Ormeau Rd and the nature of my work means car sharing is not viable it is a nightmare journey most of the time
Hugh in Belfast wrote (527 days ago):
Tell me about it, I live there!! Luckily I work shifts and miss the rush hour a lot of the time but I've been stuck in my fair share of rush hour traffic. It's hard to identify how to improve the traffic on the Ormeau and even the Ravenhill as there are not many alternative ways to get into the City Centre. A lot of the traffic comes from areas like Carryduff, etc because it's the most direct route.
Steven_L in Belfast wrote (527 days ago):
A few suggestions: 1. More park'n'ride schemes 2. Improve infrastructure with provisions for separate cycle lanes (best example being Stranmillis) and more bus lanes where possible 3. Work with employers to encourage cycling to work schemes. 4. Introduce incentives for car-share schemes
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