HC Deb 09 February 1978 vol 943 cc1661-2
19. Mr. Fitt

asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when work is planned to start on the proposed links between the M1 and M2 motorways and between the M2 and Belfast Docks.

Mr. Carter

The purpose of these links is to facilitate the heavy flow of freight traffic between the M1 and the docks and the M2 and the docks and to relieve the city centre streets of this traffic.

It is hoped to announce decisions about the links in about two months' time when the Department of the Environment for Northern Ireland has considered the inspector's report of the public inquiry into the Belfast Transportation Strategy Review held last year.

Mr. Fitt

Is my hon. Friend aware of the great uncertainty that exists in the area that could be affected, particularly by the linking of the M2 and the docks? Did he realise from his visit the vital importance of expediting the decision on the inquiry report as much as possible?

Mr. Carter

I am aware of the fears and doubts in that area and I hope that before too much time has elapsed we shall be able to make an announcement to settle those doubts and fears.

Mr. Bradford

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that, according to a reply from his Department, there is enough room in that area, whether the road is built or not, to provide 1,200 homes for Roman Catholics in West Belfast?

Mr. Carter

I should like the hon. Gentleman to put his suggestions on paper. I cannot pre-empt the results of the inquiry.