Aine Groogan

Hours spent in congestion costs time, money & health

Tuesday 12 February 2019

Aine Groogan of the Green Party has commented on a report detailing that Northern Ireland drivers each spent an average of 190 hours in congestion in Belfast last year.

The figures were produced by traffic data specialists Inrix and showed that Belfast has the second highest amount of time lost per driver in the UK, after London.

Aine Groogan, Green Party South Belfast representative said:

“Many people have experienced the frustration of traffic jams in and out of our towns and cities, particularly at peak commute times.

“However, congestion creates more than just annoyance – it costs money and it impacts on our mental and physical health.

“The study shows that an average of 190 hours spent in congestion costs £1,400 per driver in lost time.

“Congestion causes air pollution which contributes to 550 deaths per year across Northern Ireland from respiratory illnesses.”

Aine discussed the problems relating to congestion around Belfast city centre, saying.

“There are too many car parking spaces in Central Belfast and we haven’t invested enough in modern public transport provision.

“We know that people will use public transport when it is provided, as demonstrated by the new Glider system.

“Glider has brought 30,000 extra passengers per week into the public transport system and has reduced traffic by a quarter along the corridors.

“The Green Party is pushing the case for a green transport plan for Belfast which improves the health and well-being of all our citizens.”

ENDS

Notes to editors:

1. Link to Inrix Global Traffic Survey http://inrix.com/scorecard/