Armstrong asks Minister how many staff operating traffic control cameras during gridlock

Alliance Infrastructure spokesperson Kellie Armstrong MLA has asked the Minister to reveal how many staff were manning cameras controlling the traffic flow through Belfast as the city saw gridlock yesterday (Tuesday).

The city saw several bottlenecks after a lorry shed its load on the Westlink. It was compounded by a Northern Ireland game taking place at Windsor Park, filming in the city centre and singer Rod Stewart performing at the SSE Arena. Huge traffic delays were seen in the city centre, M2 and M3.

“Once again we have seen commuter chaos following what in most other cities would be an incident that would be cleared and removed, with traffic returning to normal soon after. However, Belfast ground to a halt once more.

“This calls into question the ability of the Minister and his Department to not only manage emergency situations but plan strategically for such instances. I have therefore asked the Minister how many operators were manning cameras controlling traffic flow during this incident.

“Gridlock around Belfast should be a matter of urgency but it is clear the Minister has other priorities. Instead of simply asking for more money, he should be looking at the bigger picture and helping ensure such situations do not occur again.”

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