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Last updated: 12/08/2022 12:45:20

The Met Office has issued a rain Yellow Weather warning for Northern Ireland in Counties Antrim, Armagh, Down, Fermanagh & Tyrone

Valid from 12:00 Sunday 14 - 06:00 Monday 15 August 2022

While some places stay dry, hit-and-miss thunderstorms will develop Sunday and Sunday night, and may bring disruption in places.

What to expect

  • There is a small chance that homes and businesses could be flooded quickly, with damage to some buildings from floodwater, lightning strikes, hail or strong winds
  • Where flooding or lightning strikes occur, there is a chance of delays and some cancellations to train and bus services
  • Spray and sudden flooding could lead to difficult driving conditions and some road closures
  • There is a slight chance that power cuts could occur and other services to some homes and businesses could be lost

Further details

During Sunday afternoon, cloudier conditions and areas of rain are expected to develop across parts of Northern Ireland and Scotland. A few places seem likely to see heavy downpours and thunderstorms, which could bring up to around 50 mm of rain falling in 2-3 hours leading to some disruption. These may last through the night in places. Hail and frequent lightning are potential additional hazards.

Last updated: 12/08/2022 17:28:56

Greater Belfast traffic busy on following routes:-

  • leaving the M2 at Nelson Street
  • A12 Westlink towards York Street

Other / Ongoing

  • Lisburn - temp traffic signals in operation Jct Prince William / Knockmore Rd until permanent signals can be repaired later Thurs AM (basically underground cable fault) Pedestrians advised not to use this crossing - use the crossing point beyond this Jct

  • Newtownards - Mark Street remains closed in both directions between its junctions with North Street and Ann Street due to the partial collapse of a building in the area a few weeks ago. Motorists and pedestrians are asked to use an alternative route.
Last updated: 12/08/2022 16:01:50

M1 Belfast citybound - Road Users are advised of closures and lane restrictions on the M1 Eastbound between J3 Blacks Road and J1 Broadway until the 19 August 2022.

M1 Eastbound Weekend 2

  • Monday - Thursday 8 - 11 August 2022 23:00 - 06:00 Lane 2 and 3 closures

  • 12-Aug-22 Friday Night 21.00 to 08:00 Full closure J2 Stockmans Lane - J1 Broadway
  • 13-Aug-22 Sat 08.00 to Sat 21.00 Lane 2 and 3 closure J3 Blacks Road- J1 Broadway
  • 13-Aug-22 Saturday Night 21:00 to 10:00 Full closure J2 Stockmans Lane - J1 Broadway
  • 14-Aug-22 Sunday 10.00 to 21.00 Lane 2 and 3 closure J3 Blacks Road - J1 Broadway
  • 14-Aug-22 Sunday night 21.00 to 06:00 Full closure J2 Stockmans Lane - J1 Broadway

Details of week 3 will follow next week

Diversions will be in place. Please allow extra time for your journey.  

Last updated: 12/08/2022 16:01:53

South Belfast - the Ravenhill Road will have a one way closure country bound between Ravensdene Park and Ravensdene Mews


Continuously from 08:00 hrs Monday 15 August to 16:30 hrs Friday 19 August 2022 (5 days)


  • Diversion Route - Ormeau Embankment, Ormeau Road, Park Road

Closure required for NI Water Sewer connection

Last updated: 12/08/2022 16:01:54

East Belfast - there is a lane closure on the A20 Newtownards Road citybound from Bloomfield Avenue to the Albertbridge Road (McDonalds)

This will be in place continuously from Monday 25 July to Sunday 14 Aug 2022 to facilitate work by NIE.

Allow extra time for journeys in this area.

Last updated: 12/08/2022 16:01:56

Please see below planned Temporary Traffic Management for the A6-D2D scheme W/C- 15/08/22:


Lane Closures

Side Road Gulf/North Foreglen Road Mon 15/08/22 - Friday 19/08/22

08:00-18:00; Utility; Finishing Works

A6 Dungiven - Glenshane Road Sat 13/08/2022 - Friday 19/08/2022

09:30-16:30 Off Peak; Finishing Works

A6 Foreglen Road - Liberty Glen Mon 15/8/22 - Fri 19/08/22 Construction of Access Track to tie in to A6

Traffic Switches

New A6 Manline - Various Locations throughout scheme

Monday 15/08/2022- Fri 19/08/2022

Lane 1/2 – Lane 2/1 Switch Eastbound and Westbound carriageways to complete various works inc snagging works

Full Road Closures

  • A6 Closure Dungiven Weekend - Fri 19 Aug 2100hrs to Mon 22 Aug 0400hrs
  • Fri 2 Sept 2100hrs to Mon 5 Sept 0400hrs
  • Diversion Via Eglinton /Coleraine
  • Surfacing /Finishing Works

  • A6 Closure Drumahoe Fri 9 Sept 2100hrs to Mon 12 Sept 0400hrs
  • Diversion Via Eglington /Coleraine
  • Surfacing /Finishing Works

  • Mavis Road - Full week
  • Ervey Road - A6 Glenshane Road to Birch Rd - Full week - Construction of new section road
  • Feeney Road - Reopening Monday 15 August 22 Surfacing of new section road

* Please Note: Occasionally there may be a requirement for a lane / road closure at short notice

From Friday 5th August the new A6 mainline at Dungiven roundabout to Claudy will be closed to allow permanent works to be completed on this section of the road. Traffic will travel along the A6/ Glenshane Rd / Foreglen Rd to Dungiven/Claudy and vice versa.

Additional information on this scheme is available on the Contractors website A6D2D

Last updated: 12/08/2022 16:01:57

North Down - Holywood - the A2 Holywood By Pass will be closed Bangor bound from the B0198 Belfast Road Junction to the B0198 Bangor Road Junction overnight from 22:00 to 05:00 the next morning from Monday 15 August to Friday 19 August 2022 in relation to white lining and high friction surface works by DFI, Roads.

An alternative route for traffic travelling towards Bangor will be via: B0198 Belfast Road, B0198 High Street and B0198 Bangor Road.


Local access and access for emergency vehicles will be maintained.

Last updated: 12/08/2022 16:01:58



A major road improvement scheme at the Prince William Road/ Knockmore Road junction in Lisburn commenced Monday 18 July 2022 and subject to favourable weather conditions all work will be completed by end of October 2022.


This developer led scheme will result in significant improvement to increase the capacity of the road layout and enhance the pedestrian facilities at the junction to include; widening to the junction; provision of a left slip lane into Knockmore Road; and the provision of PUFFIN controlled pedestrian crossings within the junction layout.


Due to the significant nature of the scheme and to ensure the safety of road users and road workers it will be necessary to close the Prince William Road Northbound from the 18 July for 6 weeks.

A diversion will be clearly signed and operate via the Antrim Road, Pond Park Road and Derriaghy Road.


During September and October the junction will return to two way traffic with the remainder of the works completed during off peak lane closures.


Further road closures will be required towards the end of the scheme for surfacing of the junction, however these will be timed to minimise the impact on road users.


The Department has worked with the developer to programme the work operations and traffic management arrangements to minimise disruption, 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 will all temporary traffic restrictions. 

Last updated: 12/08/2022 16:01:59

Holywood - Road users are advised that My Lady`s Mile Holywood will be closed for NI Water to carry out work on the following dates and times. 


09:30 to 23:00, daily, excluding weekends, from Monday 25th July 2022 to Wednesday 24th August 2022,

Diversions will be in place via: High Street, Church Road and the Demesne Road.

Local access to be maintained.

Last updated: 12/08/2022 16:52:43

M2 Belfast Citybound - Road Users are advised of Full and Lane Closures on the M2 Citybound between J4 Sandyknowes and J2 Greencastle over the weekend of Friday 19 August to Monday 22 August 2022 for resurfacing works.

M2 Southbound 19 - 22 August 2022

  • 19-Aug-22 Friday Night 20.00 to Saturday 08:00 Full closure including Sandyknowes Southbound ONSLIP
  • 20-Aug-22 Saturday 08.00 to Saturday 20.00 M2 Lanes 1 and 2 closed from Sandyknowes ONSLIP including Southbound ONSLIP merge - Lane 3 operational
  • 20 Aug-22 Saturday Night 20:00 to 06:00 M2 Lanes 1 and 2 closed from Sandyknowes ONSLIP including Southbound ONSLIP merge - Lane 3 operational
  • 21 Aug-22 Sunday 06:00 to Monday 05:00 M2 Lanes 1 and 2 closed from Sandyknowes ONSLIP including Sandyknowes Southbound ONSLIP merge

Diversion route in place during the full closure will be via

  • Ballyhenry Road, Manse Road, Prince Charles Way, O'Neill Road, Station Road.

Road users are advised of possible delays and are asked to allow extra time for journeys in this area the weekend of the works.