Consultation launched to map new Glider route in north and south Belfast
A PUBLIC consultation is underway to decide new routes for Translink's Glider service in north and south Belfast.
The Gliders, part of the Belfast Rapid Transport Project to provide faster, greener transport services in the city, currently run along a route from east to west Belfast, but plans are being drawn up to establish a new north-south route.
The new phase of the project aims to connect the existing service to destinations including Queen's University and Belfast City Hospital.
The Department for Infrastructure is seeking the views of locals in order to map the preferred new route, and the consultation period will end on October 4.
Details of the consultation and how to have a say are available online at www.brt2.org, while more information is available via the free-phone number 0800 054 1160, or by emailing BRT2@infrastructure-ni.gov.uk.
Launching the consultation Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon said: "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.
"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."
Chris Conway, Translink Group Chief Executive, described the existing Glider system as a "huge success".
Retail NI Chief Executive Glyn Roberts said welcomed the consultation.
"Improving connectivity and encouraging people to make public transport their first choice for shopping and socialising is vital in creating a cleaner and healthier city.
“In deciding the preferred route, it is crucial that traders in north and south Belfast are fully consulted in this process.
"Ormeau and Antrim Roads have developed a distinctive retail and hospitality offer in recent years and is important that the Gilder service enhance those areas further by improving and not restricting access for visitors."