Belfast May Day bank holiday weekend traffic and travel information

  • 03 May 2019

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Road users are advised to anticipate some traffic disruption and plan for potential delays in Belfast this May Day bank holiday weekend due to a number of events.

Saturday 4 May

Motorists are being advised of possible traffic disruption on Saturday 4th May 2019 between 11.30 am and 2.30pm due to a parade travelling from the Antrim Road into Belfast City Centre.

Initially the parade will travel along Antrim Road – Carlisle Circus - Clifton Street - Donegall Street to Writers Square. The parade will then leave Writers Square at midday, travelling along the following route: Donegall Street - Royal Avenue - North Street - Millfield – College Avenue – Chichester Street – Victoria Street – High Street – Bridge Street - Donegall Street into Writers Square for dispersal around 2.30pm.

Later in the afternoon, Motorists should plan for possible traffic disruption in the Cregagh Road/ Ladas Drive/Mt Merrion Avenue /Onslow Parades areas between 3pm and 5.35pm and again from 7.15pm to 8.15pm due to a Ulster Rugby match at the Kingspan Stadium.

Police will be placing cones near Kingspan in relation to public and event safety and to facilitate emergency vehicle access to the ground and local communities.
Motorists are advised to comply with these restrictions.

Anyone parking in the vicinity of the stadium should park with consideration to the local community and businesses, ensuring driveways and other access routes are kept clear. Please follow directions of local police.

Sunday 5 May – Belfast City Marathon travel advice

On Sunday 5th May 2019 at 9am over 8,000 participants will set off from the new start line at Stormont Estate (Prince of Wales Avenue) in a bid to complete the 38th Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon. This includes the Marathon, Team Relay and 9 Mile Walk events. The Fun Run will start at 9am on Ormeau Embankment.

All events will finish in Ormeau Park. Over 19,000 participants are expected to take part across all events on Sunday 5th May 2019.

The new marathon route encompasses North, East, South and West of the city.
In line with new road closure legislation, a road closure order has been applied for and motorists should expect some disruption. Where possible, stewards will facilitate traffic and ensure any disruption is kept to a minimum.

Motorists are asked to follow diversion signs and take direction from stewards on the route.

Roads will start to close wholly or partially from around 6am until 4pm.

Once all runners have passed points on the route, reopening of the roads will be managed. Times for this are available on the Belfast City Council road closure website

For details on projected times for participants passing through the marathon route and road closures, please click

For spectators wishing to meet family and friends at the start/finish area, there are a variety of car parks close by that you can avail of. These can be found at:

Information on the expected traffic disruptions can be obtained from the Traffic Information and Control Centre on 08457 123321, or via

Details of changes to Translink Metro services can be obtained by calling 028 9066 6630 (7am – 8pm) or visiting


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