The type of vehicle which would be used on the
system proposed by Regional Development Minister Conor Murphy.
THE Chairman of Lisburn City Centre
Management has not ruled out the possibility of any new rapid
transit system in the Belfast area being extended to include
Speaking at Wednesday morning's business
forum in the Museum, Alderman Edwin Poots confirmed efficient
public transport would be needed if 20,000 potential jobs at
Sprucefield and the Maze development became a reality.
He pointed out it was unlikely this large
number of employees would all be found in the immediate Lisburn
area and said high capacity transportation would be needed to
get them to and from their places of employment.
Mr. Poots, who is Northern Ireland's Culture,
Arts and Leisure Minister, has been a keen exponent of Lisburn
being served by a rapid transit system for some time. His
comments on Wednesday were prompted by questions about the
possibility of the bus based scheme announced for Belfast this
week by Economy Minister Conor Murphy being extended through
Lisburn to carry people to and from the Maze and Sprucefield
Commuters from other parts of the city could
then be transported to the high speed service by feederbus.
Mr. Murphy has initially earmarked �111
million for the new system.
However, three pilot routes will cost �147
million alone and the Minister hopes private investment will
also become available.
The buses used will resemble trams on rubber
wheels and kerbs will be used to keep other traffic off the
Halts along the routes will feature ticket
machines allowing people to buy tickets before boarding thereby
cutting waiting times at the stops.
There may also be crossings were traffic is stopped to allow
the buses through in the same way as a railway level crossing
operates. Similar systems currently transport commuters in Leeds
and York while another is due to begin in Swansea next year.