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Traffic

Volume 447: debated on Thursday 8 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what daily average number of vehicles used the (a) Lodge Road Roundabout, Coleraine and (b) Caw Roundabout, Londonderry during 2005. (75949)

The Chief Executive of Roads Service (Dr. Malcolm McKibbin) has been asked to write to the hon. Gentleman in response to this question.

Letter from Dr. Malcolm McKibbin, dated 8 June 2006:

You recently asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland a Parliamentary Question regarding how many vehicles on average used the (a) Lodge Road Roundabout Coleraine and (b) Caw Roundabout Londonderry during 2005.

As this issue falls within my responsibility as Chief Executive of Roads Service, I have been asked to reply.

By way of background, I should explain that Roads Service collects traffic volume data by means of 270 automatic census points strategically located throughout the Northern Ireland road network. The information is recorded for one week in each quarter during the year and an annual average calculated. The results are published in Roads Service’s annual Traffic and Travel Information Report, which presents the traffic volumes in a variety of formats for each site. Figures for the 2005 Report are still being processed, and therefore, the figures quoted below are based on the latest available data.

With regard to the Caw Roundabout, census points are placed on all four approach roads. The table details the average daily number of vehicles entering the roundabout from each road.

Caw roundabout

Average daily flow

Foyle Bridge1

15,930

Clooney Road2

15,600

Caw Brae2

7,510

Crescent Link2

12,970

Total

52,010

1 This figure relates to the 2003 census as 2004 figures are unreliable, probably due to works on the Foyle Bridge during that period.

2 These figures relate to the 2004 Census.

In relation to the Lodge Road Roundabout, unfortunately census points exist on only three of the five approach roads. While I have detailed the average daily number of vehicles entering the roundabout from these roads in the table below, I am unable to provide you with the full information requested.

Lodge road roundabout

Average daily flow

Ballymoney Road2

8,250

Sandleford Bridge2

13,840

Ballycastle Road2

10,480

Lodge Road

No information available

Rugby Avenue

No information available

Total

32,570

2These figures relate to the 2004 Census.