Pedestrianisation Of Belfast City Centre To Be Examined

A study of how Belfast City Centre can be made more accessible and welcoming for all is set to examine models of pedestrianisation.

A review commissioned by Belfast City Council's City Growth Committee, the Department for Communities and Department for Infrastructure will assess how the city needs to adapt to enable both pedestrian enjoyment and sustainable transport access.
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The move follows a motion put forward last month to permanently pedestrianise part of the city centre after the successful temporary park at Castle Place. The pop-up project was initially a short-term solution as roads in the area closed due to the safety cordon surrounding the Bank Buildings, but many have called for the route to remain closed to traffic.

Retail NI has welcomed the study. Chief Executive Glyn Roberts said: "Retail NI is very ambitious for Belfast and we believe that a 21st Century city centre can be created with a dynamic retail and hospitality offer. It also needs to be a fun place for families to visit and enjoy.

"It is vital that this study engages with all the key stakeholders in business and transport and also developers to ensure that all views are heard on the Pedestrianisation issue.

"We look forward to working with Council and Government departments on this joint study. There is no reason, with the right investment and partnership, that Belfast couldn't be in the top ten of retail destinations in the UK."


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