Northern Ireland

Two-way traffic plan for Hope Street in Belfast city centre

Hope Street in Belfast's city centre is to be opened to two-way traffic from Sunday evening.

Roads Service has said this will provide an additional northbound route, via Hope Street, Sandy Row, Durham Street and College Square North, for traffic on Great Victoria Street.

It said the junction of Sandy Row, Hope Street and Linfield Road will be closed to through traffic from 18:00 BST on Saturday.

This is to about 20:00 GMT on Sunday.

It is to allow the necessary works to be carried out, however, "local access will be maintained at all times".

Roads Service said that as a result of the works the junction of Sandy Row, Hope Street and Linfield Road would be controlled by traffic signals.

It said electronic signs on Sandy Row, Durham Street and Great Victoria Street would "provide advanced notification to motorists of the road closure and subsequently advise them of the new two-way traffic arrangements on Hope Street".

During the works a signed diversion will be in operation.

Motorists have been asked to take extra care while they familiarise themselves with the new traffic management arrangements.

Hope Street is to be closed again for a "short period in mid-November" to complete resurfacing. Signs will be provided giving advance notice of this work.

Roads Service said that planned works in Belfast city centre include the resurfacing of footpaths at the back of City Hall.

It said that weather permitting, this "would be completed over the next few weeks" and that to "minimise disruption to motorists and pedestrians it is intended that this work will be carried out in the late evenings or at weekends".

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