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Last updated: 02/10/2023 16:02:10

In the Greater Belfast area traffic is busy on the following routes:-

  • leaving the M2 at Nelson Street
  • A12 Westlink towards York Street
  • A2 Sydenham By Pass towards Dee Street (for Bangor bound traffic)
  • A20 Upper Newtownards Road out of town at the Ulster Hospital



Last updated: 26/09/2023 12:11:33

Co Down – Newtownards – A20 Castlebawn Road will have a one way closure in operation from its junction with the A20 Portaferry Road Roundabout to its junction with the A20 Castlebawn Road Roundabout.

 

From 8:00 – 16:30 Sunday 8 October 2023 

For work by NI Water.

 

Diversions will be in place via:-

  • A20 Portaferry Road, Court Square, Court Street, A21 South Street, A21 Comber Road and A20 Castlebawn Road.

Local access for emergency vehicles will be maintained at all times.


Allow extra time for your journey during this closure.

Last updated: 17/09/2023 06:12:01

A carriageway and footway resurfacing scheme on A23 Moneyreagh Road, Moneyreagh will commence on Monday 11 September 2023. 

 

The resurfacing scheme, which extends 100 metres south of Knockbracken Road / Gransha Road junction to Hillsborough Road, will deliver significant benefits for residents and road users.

 

To facilitate the scheme, it will be necessary to implement the works in two separate phases.

 

  • Phase 1 – 100 metres south of Knockbracken Road / Gransha Road junction to the re-aligned Hillsborough Road will require weekday road closures for the duration of the works from Monday 11 September 2023 until Friday 8 December 2023, between the hours of 9.30am and 4.30pm. A weekend road closure will also be in place to facilitate carriageway resurfacing from Saturday 18 November 2023 until Sunday 19 November 2023, between the hours of 7.00am and 7.00pm each day.

 

  • Phase 2 – re-aligned Hillsborough Road to the south side of the original Hillsborough Road junction will require weekday lane closures (using 4 Way Traffic Control) from Monday 8 January 2024 until Friday 26 January 2024, between the hours of 9.30am and 4.30pm. A continuous weekend road closure will also be required to facilitate carriageway resurfacing from Friday 19 January 2024 at 7.00pm until Sunday 21 January 2023 at 7.00pm. 

 

During these times, a signed diversionary route will be in place using the A7 Belfast Road / Saintfield Road - A24 Saintfield Road - A55 Upper Knockbreda Road - A23 Ballygowan Road and vice versa, with local access available using B178 Hillsborough Road / Comber Road where operations permit. Local access for residents and emergency services will be maintained at all times.

 

The Department has programmed the work operations and traffic management arrangements to minimise inconvenience, however road users should expect some delays and are advised to allow additional time when travelling in the vicinity of the works and are asked to comply with all temporary traffic restrictions. 

 

Subject to favourable weather conditions, all work will be completed by 26 January 2024 however, the Department will keep the public informed of any change.

 

All work will be carried out in line with current public health and health and safety advice, with safe systems of working in place for staff and contractors.

 

For more information about this and other improvement schemes visit: http://www.TrafficwatchNI.com

Last updated: 17/09/2023 06:11:59

Co Down - the A24 Drumaness Road in Ballynahinch will be closed Overnight between the 18th September and the 6th October 2023 8pm - 6am overnight to facilitate resurfacing works.


An alternative route will be signed with traffic being diverted via the following routes:

 

  • For traffic coming from Newcastle / Castlewellan direction – A24 Newcastle Road / Drumaness Road, A25 Downpatrick Road / Ballydugan Road / Market Street / Church Street, A7 Belfast Road / Downpatrick Road / Downpatrick Street, B7 Ballynahinch Road / Cahard Road / Vale Road / Crossgar Road, A24 Main Street, U6105 Harmony Road / Windmill Street and A24 High Street / Church Road.  

  • For traffic coming from Drumaness / Annacloy direction – B2 Downpatrick Road / Annacloy Road, A7 Belfast Road / A7 Downpatrick Road / Downpatrick Street, B7 Ballynahinch Road / Cahard Road / Vale Road, B7 Crossgar Road.

  • For traffic coming from Belfast / Lisburn direction – B7 Crossgar Road / Vale Road / Cahard Road / Ballynahinch Road, A7 Downpatrick Street / Downpatrick Road / Belfast Road, A25 Church Street / Market Street / Ballydugan Road / Downpatrick Road, A24 Newcastle Road / Drumaness Road.

For traffic coming from Spa –

  • B175 Spa Road / Dunmore Road / Edendarriff Road, C290 Demesne Road / Main Street, A24 Newcastle Road, A25 Downpatrick Road / Ballydugan Road / Market Street / Church Street, A7 Belfast Road / Downpatrick Road / Downpatrick Street, B7 Ballynahinch Road / Cahard Road / Vale Road / Crossgar Road, A24 Main Street, U6105 Harmony Road / Windmill Street and A24 High Street / Church Road. 


Last updated: 31/08/2023 11:30:33

Newtownards - Road users are advised that the C263 Belfast Road, Newtownards  will be closed to traffic continuously from the junction of the A20 Blair Mayne Road North to the U101 Milecross Road junction


from 08:00 Monday 18 September on 16:30 on Monday 23 October 2023.

 

This closure is to facilitate essential work by NIE.


Local access and access for emergency vehicles will be maintained at all times.


An alternative route will be signed with traffic being diverted via:

 

  • Main Diversion - A20 Blair Mayne Road North, A20 Kempe Stones Roundabout, A20 Kempe Stones Road and C263 Belfast Road.

  • Other Diversion – U9007 Hardford Link, C251 Crawfordsburn Road, B170 Ballysallagh Road, Craigantlet Road and C263 Holywood Road.
Last updated: 31/08/2023 06:20:06

Belfast A12 / Broadway Underpass - Street Lighting Upgrade


Belfast - a street lighting upgrade scheme on the A12 Westlink at the Broadway Underpass will begin on Monday 24 July 2023 and is expected to last twelve weeks.


The scheme will involve the replacement of the existing underpass lighting with a new energy efficient dynamic LED Tunnel Lighting and Control System.

 

A series of overnight closures, in each direction, will be in place on the underpass between 11:00 pm and 6:00 am from Monday to Friday.

 

Clearly signed diversionary routes will be in operation during the overnight closures.

 

Completion of the work by 13 October 2023 is subject to favourable weather conditions. 

Last updated: 10/08/2023 21:32:36

A resurfacing scheme on Lisburn Road, Belfast will get underway on Monday 24 July.

The scheme involves the resurfacing of the footways and carriageway between Cranmore Gardens and Kingsbridge Hospital. It is expected all work will take approximately 12 weeks to complete.


To facilitate safe delivery of the scheme, work will be completed under lane closures throughout July and August. Weeknight and weekend road closures will be required during September. The Department will inform the public in advance of these closures and a diversionary route will be clearly signed via Tates Avenue, Boucher Road and Stockmans Lane. Access for residents and businesses will be maintained.


The Department has carefully planned these road works and associated traffic management arrangements in order to minimise inconvenience to the public, however road users should allow additional time when planning their journey.


Completion of the work by end of September is subject to favourable weather conditions, however, the Department will keep the public informed of any change. All work will be carried out in line with current public health and health and safety advice, with safe systems of working in place for staff and contractors.

Last updated: 31/08/2023 07:41:26

Newtownabbey - road users are advised to expect delays on the A2 Shore Road as Phoenix Gas install a new gas pipeline on the Belfast bound carriageway working from Station Road Whiteabbey to Carrickfergus over 26 weeks (early December 2023).


Remaining Phases


Phase 3 – Jordanstown Rd Traffic Signals – Shorelands Roundabout 6 weeks) 7 August - 17 September 2023


  • Continuous 1 lane closure (Lane 1 Belfast bound) Past Belfast High School by new term commencing;


Phase 4 – Shorelands Roundabout – Station Rd Greenisland (3 weeks) - 18 September - 8 October 2023


  • Continuous 1 lane closure (Lane 1 Belfast bound)


Phase 5 – Old Shore Road (6 weeks)

9 October - 19 November 2023 - No issues – very quiet and wide carriageway;


Phase 6 – Seacourt Roundabout – Trooperslane (3 weeks)

20 November - 3 December 2023


  • Lane 2 closed in each direction, working restricted hours, 9.30 – 4.30pm (off at night).


Delays expected, please allow extra time for your journey.

Last updated: 22/07/2023 17:46:23

A major road improvement scheme at the Prince William Road/ Ballymacash Road junction in Lisburn will commence Monday 17 July 2023.

 

The improvement work, which will be carried out by developers following planning permission for residential development in the area, includes the widening of the Prince William Road , extension of the existing underpass at the location and provision of a new traffic signal junction at Ballymacash Road including the provision of PUFFIN controlled pedestrian crossings within the junction layout. The scheme will take approximately nine months to fully complete.

 

Given the busy nature of Prince William Road, to construct the scheme safely it will be necessary to close the Prince William Road Northbound from Knockmore Road to Nettlehill Road from 17 July for six weeks. A diversion for traffic will be in place via the Antrim Road, Pond Park Road and Derriaghy Road.

 

Ballymacash Road (west ) will also close for two weeks and Ballymacash (east) into Lisburn will close for up to six months from the 17 July.

 

From September the Prince William Road will revert to two-way traffic with the remainder of the works completed with a mixture of two-way traffic and off peak lane closures.


A temporary 30mph speed limit will also be in force during construction of the scheme.

 

Further road closure will be required towards the end of the scheme for surfacing of the junction, however these will be planned to minimise the effect on general traffic.

 

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

 

Road users are asked to comply with the temporary traffic restrictions and to drive with care when travelling through the works. Pedestrian access will be maintained at all times. 


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