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        • Belfast City Centre Streets - Castle St / Royal Avenue

          Belfast - following the recent city centre fire at Bank Buildings a number of city centre streets remain closed in the area.

          With the cordon around the affected area expected to stay in place for about four months, Belfast City Council has created a public information page on its website to update businesses and their customers. Click here

        • Ormeau Avenue Sewerage Improvement Scheme Re-commences

          Work is progressing well on a major NI Water sewerage infrastructure scheme in the Ormeau area, which includes work around Ormeau Avenue, Dublin Road, Bruce Street, Sandy Row and sections of the lower Ormeau Road. Work has now recommenced following the Christmas break. 

          Dublin Road - Pipeline installation will take place between Ventry Lane and Pakenham Street. In order to carry out the work safely and maintain traffic flow, it is necessary to suspend some of the parking bays along this section of the street. We anticipate this work will take approximately 4 weeks to complete. Following completion of work on the Dublin Road, sewer laying will move into Pakenham Street where a road closure will be in place.

          Ormeau Avenue - Pipeline installation works between Adelaide Street and Bedford Street. During these works for safety reasons, it is necessary to suspend some of the parking bays along this section of the street. Two-way traffic will be maintained during the works with a contraflow system in place. It will also be necessary to relocate the pedestrian crossing at this location for a short period to facilitate the work.

          Marcus Ward Street – Work on a new storm sewer is programmed to commence in mid-January and will take approximately 4 weeks to complete, and a road closure will be in place during this time. Vehicular access will be maintained for residents, and pedestrian access will be available at all times. The Dublin Road NCP car park will remain open as usual with a diversion route clearly signposted.

        • Scheme to Extend M1 & M2 Bus Lanes Continues

          Work commenced on 6 August to extend the hard shoulder bus lanes along the M1 and M2 Motorways.

          As part of the ongoing upgrade of the hard shoulder bus lanes on the M1, the sections between Ballyskeagh and Blacks Road and Stockmans Lane and Broadway re-opened to morning peak period traffic on Friday 16 November. They will operate between 7.30 and 9.30am, Monday to Friday. Work on the new sections of bus lanes will continue and should be completed by March 2019.

          Temporary traffic management arrangements are required to carry out the works safely. They will generally consist of localised hard shoulder closures and temporary 50mph speed restrictions.  Some road or lane closures will also be needed at off peak times during evenings/ overnight on weekdays, as well as during weekends and these will be signed in advance.

        • Lisburn - Knockmore Rd / Ballinderry Rd Jct Improvement

          Lisburn - a scheme to improve the Knockmore Road / Ballinderry Road Junction commenced on 31 January 2019.

          The improvement work will include widening the Knockmore Road, realigning Ballinderry Road East and the introduction of traffic signals to control all traffic movements through the junction, including a number of pedestrian and cycle crossings

          To ensure the safety of road users and workers during construction it will be necessary to operate a number of off peak road and lane closures. A temporary speed limit will also be in operation.  Road users are asked to comply with all temporary traffic restrictions and to drive with care when travelling through the works. Pedestrian access will be maintained at all times.

          The dates of lane and road closures will be dependent on the progress of the works and also on favourable weather conditions.

          Whilst the Department has carefully planned these road works and associated traffic management arrangements with the contractor in order to minimise any inconvenience to the public, road users should expect some delays and allow additional time when planning a journey.

          The scheme is expected to be substantially completed by July 2019.

        • Bangor - Old Belfast Rd - Resurfacing Feb - March 2019

          North Down - Bangor - carriageway resurfacing scheme on the Old Belfast Road, commenced Sunday 17 February 2019.

          The scheme will be delivered in three consecutive phases. Further planned Old Belfast Road closures dates as follows:- 

          • 6.00 am Sunday 17 February to 6.00 am on Monday 25 February from its junction A2 Belfast Road to its junction Rathmore Road.
          • 6.00 am  Monday 25 February to 5.30 pm on Saturday 2 March from its junction Rathmore Road to junction Killeen Avenue.
          • 6.00 pm Saturday 2 March to 6.00 am on Monday 4 March from its junction Killeen Avenue to junction Springhill Road.
          • 6.00 pm Saturday 9 March to 6.00 am on Monday 11 March from its junction Killeen Avenue to junction Springhill Road.

          Diversions will be in place as follows – the A2 Belfast Road, Belfast Road (slip road), West Circular Road, Rathmore Road, Crawfordsburn Road, Springhill Road, and Killeen Avenue.  Diversionary routes on these roads will be clearly signed for each of the three phases of the work and local access for residents and businesses will be maintained at all times during the works.

          This work is weather dependant and the expected completion date of 11 March 2019 may be subject to change - We will keep you updated if there are any changes to the dates/times shown above.

        • A6 Update: Extension to B18 Closure

          A6 UPDATE: EXTENSION - B18 Closure at Toome Bypass Junction from Wed 20th Feb 9pm to 5am Thurs 21st Feb and 9pm Thurs 21st Feb to 5am Fri 22nd Feb to facilitate utility diversion works.

          Diversions as follows:

          From Toome Bypass - Creagh Roundabout-Toome Bypass east bound-Brecart Roundabout-Roguery Road-Toome Main Street

          From B18 - Toome Main Street-Roguery Road-Brecart Roundabout-Toome Bypass west bound

          Road users are advised to allow extra time for journeys.

        • General Traffic News

          In Greater Belfast, the following main routes are busy:

          • Leaving the M2 at Nelson Street
          • Sydenham Bypass from M3 Lagan Bridge to Dee Street
          • Stockmans Lane towards the M1
          • Boucher Road towards Stockmans Lane

          We have no other reports of any unsual incidents or delays.