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          • Belfast Ormeau Avenue - Sewer Upgrade

            Work is progressing well on this major £5 million project to improve the sewerage infrastructure in the Ormeau area, which includes work around Ormeau Avenue, Dublin Road, Bruce Street, Sandy Row and sections of the lower Ormeau Road.

            Wastewater Pumping Station / Hardcastle Street - Work is progressing well with construction of the new reinforced concrete underground pumping station nearing completion.

            Bankmore Square / Hardcastle Street – Pipeline installation are now complete, with road reinstatement underway. Hardcastle Street is due to be fully re-opened week commencing 26th November. However, further works will be undertaken at the other end of Hardcastle Street on Marcus Ward Street in Jan/Feb 2019.

            Ormeau Avenue – Pipeline installation works continue between Adelaide Street and Linenhall 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 is being maintained during the works with a contraflow system in place.

            Cromac Street – Pipeline installation works will continue along the footpath. During these works, it will be necessary to incorporate a one-way stop/go system for a short period along a section of Cromac Street. To minimise traffic congestion in the area, this section of works is planned to be carried out on Sunday 25th November between 8am and 5pm with single lane traffic and stop/go boards in operation.

            Dublin Road – Pipeline installation works continue between Ventry Lane and Pakenham 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 is being maintained.

            In order to minimise disruption to traffic over the Christmas period, work on these main routes will be suspended from Monday 26th November, re-commencing with the same traffic management arrangements on Monday 7th January 2019. 

            Work will continue throughout December along the footpath at Cromac Street and pipeline installation works will get underway during the week commencing 26th November within the Charlotte Street Car Park and in front of the NIFRS Station. During this time and for safety reasons it will be necessary to suspend some of the parking bays within this car park for approximately 3 weeks.

            Hope Street – Pipeline installation works are due to commence in early January 2019. These works will be between Hope Street Car Park, Holiday Inn Hotel and Sandy Row junction and traffic management arrangements will be confirmed in due course.

            We will endeavour to keep the public updated with the timescale for the completion of each section of the project. However, as with any large and complex capital project, adjustments to timeframes are to be expected.

            When complete, this investment will significantly reduce the risk of out of sewer flooding in this area of Belfast during periods of heavy rainfall. Environmental pollution will also be reduced, and the water quality in the Blackstaff Culvert and River Lagan will be enhanced.

            NI Water would like to thank the public for their ongoing patience and cooperation during the completion of this essential improvement work. We assure you that we will do everything that we can to keep all future disruption to a minimum.

            For further information, please contact NI Water’s Press Office: email press.office@niwater.com

          • 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

          • East Belfast – Barnetts Road – One-Way Closure

            A one-way traffic system is now in operation on Barnetts Road until a carriageway and footway resurfacing scheme is completed.

            • Traffic will be able to travel from King’s Road to Thornhill Parade.  A diversionary route will be signed for traffic travelling towards King’s Road, which will be diverted via Thornhill Park, Upper Newtownards Road and Knock Road.
          • Web Site New Features

            TrafficwatchNI has been re-launched, with new and improved features including

            • Modern, easy to use interface
            • Mobile friendly
            • Congestion mapping integration
            • Accessible, intuitive design
            • Upgraded architecture to support future enhancements
            • Personalised Location preferences

            In the coming months new features will be added, including

            • Additional/ improved camera feeds
            • Share buttons
            • Enhanced Winter Service integration
            • Weather station information
            • Enhanced social media integration
          • 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 complete by January 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.

          • Blacks Road Park & Ride 307 Additional Parking Spaces

            £870,000 Extension to Blacks Road Park & Ride facility Now Open 

            A new 307 space extension to the Blacks Road Park and Ride facility opened on Monday 19 November following an £870,000 investment. These additional spaces, which include eight dedicated disabled parking bays, more than doubles the total number of spaces to over 550.  Additional cycle parking facilities have also been provided.

            Since the Blacks Road Park and Ride facility opened in 2006 the demand for the available spaces has grown rapidly and this recent investment provides additional safe and convenient parking for people travelling into Belfast. The increase in the number of spaces, as part of the Department’s wider Strategic Park and Ride Delivery Programme 2016-2020, underpins a number of key draft Programme for Government outcomes in relation to sustainability, connectivity and an increase in the use of public transport, walking and cycling.

            The opening of the extension coincides with the Department’s ongoing upgrade of the Belfast-bound hard shoulder bus lane on the M1, with the sections between Ballyskeagh and Blacks Road and Stockmans Lane and Broadway, reopening to morning peak period traffic from Friday 16 November.

            In addition to the extension, Translink has recently introduced its new “Urby” express bus service from the Blacks Road Park & Ride, which provides a fast and comfortable journey directly to Belfast city centre.

          • Slaght Road, Ballymena - Remains Closed - RTC 25 Nov

            Co. Antrim: Slaght Road, Ballymena, near Cockhill Road (between Tullygarley and Randalstown) remains closed  to traffic following a road traffic collision last weekend. Local diversions are in operation. The closure is likely to remain in place for several days to facilitate repairs to a damaged bridge parapet over a railway line.

          • Roads Impacted By Recent Bad Weather

            • County Antrim - A2 Garron Road (the coast road in the Carnlough Area) reopened Wednesday evening following clear-up operations. However temporary traffic lights are in place on the road while repair work to sea defences continue - road users should exercise caution when travelling in the vicinity.
            • C0293 Carnreagh Road, Castlewellan/Ballynahinch – REMAINS CLOSED Road flooded
            • There is flooding on the A49 Old Ballynahinch Road, Lisburn close to its junction with Drennan Road. The road remains passable with care but road users should exercise caution when travelling in the vicinity.
          • Castledawson A6 Closures - Evenings This Week 9-12 Dec

            10pm Monday Evening 10 December to 6am Tuesday 11 December (1 Night)

            A6 Full Closure Both Directions (between Castledawson Roundabout and Hillhead Road)

            • Westbound diversion via Brecart Roundabout, Roguery Road, Toome, Creagh Road, Aughrim Road, Magherafelt Bypass, Castledawson Roundabout
            • Eastbound diversion via Knockcloughrim, Hillhead Road, A6 Mainline

            10pm Tuesday Evening 11 December to 6am Wednesday 12 December (1 Night)

            A6 & M22 Full Closure Both Directions between Toome (Brecart Roundabout) and M22 J2

            • Eastbound diversion via Brecart Roundabout, Roguery Road, B52 Portglenone Road, Randalstown Town Centre, M22 J2
            • Westbound diversion via M22 J2, Randalstown Town Centre, Staffordstown Road, Drumderg Roundabout

            Please allow extra time for journeys at these times 

          • A57 Ballyrobin Rd - T`patrick - Overnight Closures 9-14 Dec

            Co Antrim - the A57 Ballyrobin Road (a main route to Belfast International Airport) will be closed overnight from 23:30 to 5:30 on five consecutive nights this week 

            • Sunday 9th December to Friday 14th December 

            from Templepatrick Roundabout at Antrim Road to Rickamore Road 

            for Northern Ireland Railways work on a Level Crossing 

            A couple of diversions routes will be in place depending on the type of vehicle 

            • Antrim Road, Belfast Rd & Oldstone Rd 
            • HGV`s to use Antrim Rd, Belfast Rd, Belmont Rd, Dublin Rd & Airport Rd

            Delays of 5 minutes are likely at these times 

          • General Traffic News

            No reports of any incidents or delays