The Belfast Urban Motorway

Engineering, Ambition and Social Conflict

Wesley Johnston

In the heady days of 1967 the Northern Ireland government announced the construction of an elevated, three-lane motorway encircling Belfast City Centre. Drivers would be able to soar over Belfast’s streets on sleek, concrete flyovers while mothers with prams chatted beneath. It would require demolition on an unprecedented scale; yet the government felt that it was necessary to prevent exponential traffic growth from choking the city. Ten years later the plan was dead, only to be resurrected in a different form. This is a story that combines many of the great themes of Belfast’s recent history – including class conflict, urban redevelopment, the ‘Troubles’, the role of the government and the public/private transport debate. As well as appealing to those with an interest in civil engineering and infrastructure, this book is also vital reading for anyone seeking to understand Belfast’s urban development, the transport system that exists today, and who seeks to influence the city’s direction in the years to come.

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In the heady days of 1967 the Northern Ireland government announced the construction of an elevated, three-lane motorway encircling Belfast City Centre. Ten years later the plan was dead, only to be resurrected in a different form. This is the story of the road and its many related issues – from inception to the present day.

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Format: Paperback / Softback

ISBN / EAN: 9781780730479

Published On: 31 January, 2014

Page Count: 233

Publisher: Colourpoint Books

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