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Traffic Flows

Volume 164: debated on Friday 12 January 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when the last census of traffic was carried out on each road which enters Limavady town; what were the traffic figures for each road on that occasion; and what is his estimate of the present figures, numbers to be given for daily, and maximum and minimum hourly traffic volumes.

[holding answer 9 January 1990]: Traffic figures on each road entering Limavady are obtained continually from automatic census points and annual figures are derived from these. The information for 1989 is as follows:

Average daily traffic flowMaximum hourly traffic flowMinimum hourly traffic flow
Roe Bridge, A213,1421,33513
Ballyquin Road, B684,2733960
Rathmore Road, A376,9277423
Dowland Road, A23,8613460

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what is his estimate of the present flow of traffic on a daily and maximum and minimum hourly flow basis across the Bann bridge, Coleraine and the Mountsandel bridge, Coleraine; what were the figures when the last traffic census was taken; and what were the figures for the Bann bridge before the Mountsandel bridge was opened.

[holding answer 9 January 1990]: The present daily and maximum and minimum hourly traffic flows across the Bann bridge are estimated to be 26,452, 2,600 and 10 respectively. These are based on the last census in 1988 but there have been no significant traffic flow changes since then. Automatic census points on the Sandelford bridge gave actual figures for 1989 of 14,745, 1,463 and eight respectively. The last complete census in 1987 gave figures of 13,450 and 1,350 vehicles with no minimum figure being available.The average 16-hour daily flow for the Bann bridge in 1972, before the Sandelford bridge was opened, was 22,290 vehicles. Maximum and minimum hourly flows are not available.

Number of vehicles per dayNumber of heavy goods vehicles per dayHighest hourly traffic flowLowest hourly traffic flow
Roe bridge, Limavady13,1429201,33513
Roe bridge, Dungiven7,3247327283