27/07/2021

Glider Expansion Consultation Launched

A public consultation has been launched on the proposed emerging routes for Phase 2 of the Belfast Rapid Transit Project (BRT2) to help inform the identification of a preferred route in both South and North Belfast.

Phase 2 of the BRT project is one of several infrastructure, tourism and regeneration projects being considered as part of the Belfast Region City Deal (BRCD). The project aims to extend the rapid transit network into and beyond North and South Belfast as well as connecting the existing G2 Glider service (which currently links Belfast City Centre to Titanic Quarter) to Queen's University and Belfast City Hospital. BRCD partners are currently considering which projects will be prioritised within the final deal.
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Launching the consultation, Minister for Infrastructure, Nicola Mallon said: "Today I am delighted to announce a consultation on the Belfast Rapid Transit Glider expansion to North and South Belfast. It is vital that we build on the success of Glider by expanding the service across the city. To date the Glider has been a hugely transformative project for Belfast, providing a modern, improved public transport experience for people who live, work, socialise in or visit the city. I want to see us build a better Belfast, and build that better Belfast together for everyone. I want the Glider service to bring people in all parts of our city closer together and open up opportunities for all communities, not just a few. That is why I want to hear from the people of Belfast.

"My Department has worked closely with key stakeholders in taking forward a feasibility and options appraisal to identify the most viable north-south route options. The purpose of the consultation launching today is to inform the public and other stakeholders of the emerging route options for the extension and to seek their views on those routes.

"Enhancing our public transport offering allows us to better connect communities, but also tackle the climate crisis. To deliver the change our society needs, we need to work in partnership. Therefore I would encourage you to get involved in this public consultation so we can deliver more together. This is your city, your community. Make your voice heard."

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