Maine Road/Lisnevenagh Road Junction

Oral Answers to Questions — Infrastructure – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 2:30 pm on 17th January 2017.

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Photo of Jim Allister Jim Allister Traditional Unionist Voice 2:30 pm, 17th January 2017

T5. Mr Allister asked the Minister for Infrastructure, in the light of his earlier answer, when he said that the idea that the safety improvement schemes at the Maine Road/Lisnevenagh Road junction had been abandoned was untrue, why then, in reply to AQW 8474/16-21 just four weeks ago on 20 December, did he say that the proposed restriction at Maine Road “has been dropped”. (AQT 660/16-21)

Photo of Christopher Hazzard Christopher Hazzard Sinn Féin

The Member will want to look at Hansard to clarify that. I did not say that it was untrue; I said that I was not aware of it. The Member has had correspondence from my Department — from me — that this has been the case. I also went on to say that there are a number of on-site, low-cost remedial actions that will improve the safety of that. It is not a case of misleading the Member, as he wishes to allude to.

Photo of Jim Allister Jim Allister Traditional Unionist Voice

In terms of things that the Minister seems to have forgotten about, will he give us an update on the long-awaited park-and-ride scheme at Cullybackey, particularly now when he tells us that there is going to be an hourly service through Cullybackey to Londonderry?

Photo of Christopher Hazzard Christopher Hazzard Sinn Féin

I am more than happy. We have a number of park-and-ride facilities across the North that are looking for enhancements. I have met some of my colleagues from across the way about Cullybackey and some of the upgrades to the train line and the situation we are in. I am very pleased to say that we will see serious enhancements to the park-and-ride in Cullybackey. Those will happen in the months ahead.