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B DISTRICT: Traffic and Travel Information, Belfast

25 Sep 2012

Press Release

25 September 2012

Traffic and Travel Information - Belfast, Saturday 29 September 2012

On Saturday 29 September 2012, a large parade is scheduled to take place in Belfast.  This will result in a number of traffic restrictions being put in place, in the city centre during the morning and lunchtime, and in East Belfast throughout the day, which will impact on road users.

The parade is scheduled to start in the city centre at 10.15am and travel along the following streets: Carlisle Street, Clifton Street, Upper Donegall Street, Royal Avenue, Donegall Place, Donegall Square, North Chicester Street, Victoria Street, Albert Square, Donegall Quay, Middlepath Street, Newtownards Road, Upper Newtownards Road arriving at Prince of Wales Gate Stormont at approximately 13:45pm.

The return journey of the parade is scheduled to start at 4.00pm and travel along the following streets: Stormont Estate, Massey Avenue, Belmont Road, Holywood Road, Newtownards Road, Bridge End, Ann Street, Victoria Street, High Street, Castle Junction, Royal Avenue, Upper Donegall Street, Clifton Street and Carlisle Circus. The anticipated end time is 6.00pm. The retail centre of the city will be largely unaffected by the return parade.

A number of smaller parades are will also take place in the South and East of the city on Saturday morning from 8.00am to 10.00am.

Commenting on the traffic management plan that will be implemented, Chief Superintendent Alan McCrum said: “Given the volume of people involved, it will take a significant period of time for the parade to complete the journey to and from Stormont.  As such, traffic restrictions will be in place for a considerable part of Saturday along the parade route.

“Should you have an appointment scheduled on Saturday 29 September 2012, we would advise that you allow extra time for your journey. Road closures will undoubtedly result in traffic congestion around Stormont, across East Belfast and in the city centre.   

“If you would normally access public transport via the Lower or Upper Newtownards Road, we would advise that you check with Translink on 028 90 66 66 30, to determine if there are restrictions on services and how these may impact on your plans.”

Police would ask those who may be planning on attending the event as a spectator to plan their journey in advance.

Chief Superintendent McCrum adds: “Event organizers have prioritized bus car parking at the Stormont Estate.  Anyone, planning on driving to the event is being advised to park their vehicle legally and to ensure that it is not obstructing the driveway of a residential property. Officers will be enforcing traffic laws in the area surrounding Stormont.

“Police will also be issuing traffic and travel information at regular periods on Saturday 29 September to media outlets and via Twitter.

“Finally, I would appeal to motorists to follow diversions that are put in place on Saturday and if they do find themselves in traffic tailbacks to remain patient.”

Further detailed information on the various feeder parades that are scheduled to take place is available on the Parades Commission websiteexternal link opens new window.

For a map of the parade route, please click on this link.