Public Transport to Follow Opening of Larne West Road Link

Local Ulster Unionist representatives Roy Beggs Jnr MLA and Larne Mayor Maureen Morrow have viewed the substantial roads works which have been carried in the Lindara development off the Linn road in Larne West. The latest phase will see the main link road between the major housing developments of Walnut Hollow and Lindara finally opened up to through traffic and public transport.
Commenting Roy Beggs MLA said:

“The removal of the large pile of soil and rubble on the main link road between Lindara and Walnut Hollow is a sign that progress is finally being made in completing the work which was left undone when the developer Eassda went bust. It has been a long process- and there are still a couple of areas which are unresolved- but the utilization of the Roads Bonds by the Roads Service led by DRD Minister Danny Kennedy has really progressed matters over the past year. “

NI Water laid a new watermain from Linn Road to Walnut Hollow via the main Lindara spine road during the summer, and currently Roads Service contractors are finishing off the drainage, kerbing, vehicle restraint systems and bituminous surfacing of footways and carriageways. When the top coat is laid and the roads are ‘adopted’ for future public maintenance, this will finally complete the connection of Walnut Hollow with Lindara and create a new link between the Killyglen and Linn roads.

Roy Beggs added:
“I have been in contact with Translink/ Ulsterbus and they tell me that plans are in place to put on a local town bus service through this area on an hourly timetable. Once Translink get confirmation that the current works are completed and the roads are adopted and passed fit for buses to operate on by the Department, the hourly timetable will be introduced. ”

Mayor Maureen Morrow has also welcomed this news:
“This is excellent news for residents in Larne West. The opening up of a major part of the private developments in Larne West to public transport is long overdue, but is nevertheless a welcome move. The link between Lindara and Walnut Hollow will help traffic flow and ease congestion at the upper end of the Linn Road and the Killyglen Road. However the traffic bottle necks which persist at the lower end of the Linn Road and on Donaghy’s Lane will not be eased until the final two pieces of the Larne West housing development are built on. Larne Council have been consistently pushing for the link road to be completed right through from the Killyglen Road to the Old Belfast Road and A8 near Millbrook. The roads and planning authorities continue to insist that this is developer lead.”

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