Plans to lower Belfast speed limit

Published Wednesday, 30 July 2014
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There has been a mixed response to plans for a new speed limit in Belfast.

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The proposal from the Department of Regional Development could mean motorists have to slow down from 30mph to 20mph while driving in city centre.

It would cover areas from City Hall up to Donegal Square North and around Victoria Square.

People UTV spoke to had mixed reactions to the plans.

One person said: "You get a lot of elderly people out doing their shopping who are slow crossing the road. It would benefit them and I think we'd have less accidents."

However another said: "There are areas in and around the city centre that 20 miles an hour isn't quick enough. The roads are clear but it depends where."

The move comes as a departure from traditional efforts at slowing speed in the city such as installing road humps and central islands, the so-called self-enforcing engineering measures.

However a 20mph limit is already in place in the Holylands area and the organisers of transport charity Sustrans think motorists should now embrace the limit elsewhere in Belfast.

Steven Patterson said: "I think there's very little disadvantage to motorists being asked to go a little bit slower in the city centre but the benefits to other users - walkers, cyclists, shoppers. Creating a quieter, more pleasant city outweighs any disadvantage to motorists quite considerably."

Other residential areas across Northern Ireland are going to be included in the 20mph limit plan, such as Ballymena, Newtownabbey, Ballycastle and Ballynahinch.

There is a three-week period for people to voice their opinion on the new proposed speed limits.

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Taxi Paul in Belfast wrote (85 days ago):
@Martin in Carrick Just to point out that taxi drivers and bus drivers have some of the lowest accident rates. Feel free to check the insurance company statistics. Also when they are involved in accidents the vast majority of the time it is not their fault. @tim jackson in belfast I agree that Oxford street bus lane is as bad. It is a bad design that most drivers don't understand. Taxi drivers have had enough injuries inflicted on them recently by poorly thought out government interference in a traffic system that was working. I appeal to traffic management to Stop. Leave it alone before you do more damage. It is my job and my income that you are destroying.
tim jackson in belfast wrote (86 days ago):
Agree with most people on here. You can hardly get above 20mph in any event and your dodging the idiot pedestrians walking out in front of you. And dont start me on City Bus. Cut people up, jump red lights etc. And the idiot drivers who can't use the lanes at the back of the City Hall and cut straight across you and think you have cut across them.
helrath in belfast in belfast wrote (86 days ago):
with new bus lanes and congestion, it's near impossible to even gain 20 mph in city centre. also holylands 20 mph due to narrowness of the streets due to the cars parked up each side, whether from people going to Queens or business
Martin in Carrick wrote (87 days ago):
They need to educate the bus drivers, and the taxi drivers they are the worst offenders they drive around the city centre like lunatic's, and yes I spend a lot of time in the city centre and see this happen all the time. @Chas in Carrick, your comment is just silly.
bert in carrickfergus wrote (87 days ago):
what about the buses they need to slow down they mad in city centre
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