Published Thursday, 06 December 2012
Roads Minister Danny Kennedy has unveiled the plans for the York Street interchange, which
cost will cost up to £135m and will take three years to complete.
Under the proposals, links between the Westlink, M2 and M3 will be provided using underpasses underneath the existing Lagan Road and Dargan Rail Bridges and new bridges at York Street and Dock Street.
Speaking at the announcement, following the completion of the Preferred Options Report, the Minister said: "The proposed improvements to this key junction will provide continuous links between three of the busiest roads in Northern Ireland - the M2, M3 and Westlink - which cater for over 100,000 vehicles daily.
"This junction is one of the main gateways to Belfast and provides access to the Port of Belfast as well as serving strategic traffic travelling between the north, south and east of Northern Ireland."
The project is currently in its final stages of development which will be followed by a consultation and potentially a public inquiry.
Funding also needs to be secured for the scheme to go ahead, Minister Kennedy said it should be a priority for the Executive.
"I'm very keen to bring this particular project forward, I believe that there are considerable benefits, it unlocks potentially the travel arrangements for 100,000 vehicle users on a daily basis travelling to and through Belfast and therefore I not only see it as a priority for my department but also an Executive priority," he said.
The information and maps of the proposed scheme will be on display for the public at the Cityside Retail Park on York Street until 17 December 2012.
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