AQW 27035/11-15

Mr Daithí McKay
Sinn Féin
North Antrim

Tabled Date: 11/10/2013
Answered On Date: 24/10/2013
Priority Written: No

To ask the Minister for Regional Development whether his Department has made an assessment of the risk of cycling fatalities where city centre bound lanes and traffic merge at the start of the Albert Bridge, Belfast.

The bus lane / cycle facility on the Albertbridge Road, approaching the Albert Bridge, was provided in 1996 to accommodate buses, cyclists and taxis approaching the city centre. The merge arrangement, provided at the end of the bus lane, where the road narrows for the Albert Bridge, is a common layout which operates at other locations in Belfast and elsewhere.
Collision records, provided by the PSNI, for this location are monitored, as part of the normal collision data gathering exercise. Over the last five years records show there have been no reported injury collisions at this merge location, involving cyclists.