Glider Route: Glengormley, Mallusk, Carnmoney

Oral Answers to Questions — Infrastructure – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 3:30 pm on 22nd November 2021.

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Photo of John Blair John Blair Alliance 3:30 pm, 22nd November 2021

T7. Mr Blair asked the Minister for Infrastructure, given that she will be aware of growing public demand in the Glengormley, Mallusk and Carnmoney areas of his South Antrim constituency for the extension of the rapid transit system to serve the many thousands of people who live, work and go to school there, to state whether there has been any progress in reaching those areas in the plans for the extension of the Glider route. (AQT 1817/17-22)

Photo of Nichola Mallon Nichola Mallon Social Democratic and Labour Party

I thank the Member for his question. He will be aware that the consultation period has closed. Officials are assessing all the responses. My understanding is that they will prepare for me a report to identify the next steps. I have not received that report as yet. There were a significant number of responses to the consultation, and officials are working diligently through them. I hope to be in a position to receive a report and to give clarity on the situation. Again, it comes back to the question that Mr Muir posed. If we are serious about tackling the climate emergency and connecting our communities, particularly to opportunities, we need to invest in and expand our public transport network.

Photo of Patsy McGlone Patsy McGlone Social Democratic and Labour Party

Time is up. Members, take your ease until we move on to the next item of business.