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Belfast is a busy city and traffic flows into it from all over Northern Ireland. At peak times, it used to get very congested. A new road bridge and rail link joining the north and east areas was required. Construction commenced with supports for the main structure being sunk into the bed of the River Lagan. Now the road system of the M3 bridge filters sixty thousand vehicles away from Belfast's streets and allows them to move on to other major routes.
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18 May 1999

Classroom Ideas

The children could complete their own traffic survey outside their school or in a nearby city. Children could research in teams using the internet which alternatives to car travel into cities there are in the UK and across Europe and share this research with other teams. Children could then write a report detailing the advantages and disadvantages to these different schemes.

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