28/04/2014

Giro d'Italia To Cause Traffic Disruption

Translink has warned of disruption to its bus services next week as the Giro d'Italia takes place.

More than 200 miles of Northern Ireland's roads will be closed at various stages over the 9 to 11 May in order to allow the event to go ahead.

It is one of the largest public plans to be welcomed to the region. The opening ceremony will be held at Belfast City Hall on Thursday 8 May, with the race beginning at Titanic Belfast on Friday. On Saturday 10 May, the race will take in the causeway coast, then on Sunday, it will start in Armagh before crossing the border to Dublin.

Translink has warned that traffic disruption is expected, with timetable changes, diversions and alternative departure points in place.

The company added that extra buses, trains and coach services are being put on to cater for more than 100,000 spectators expected to line the route.

On Thursday, additional trains will be put on all lines, with extra buses also being made available after 8.30pm to allow spectators to make their way back home. The services will include the main park and ride facilities at Black's Road, Cairnshill, Sprucefield and North Side. The last bus will depart the city centre at 9.30pm.

In addition to normal timetabled services on Friday, a dedicated train shuttle service will also be in place between Great Victoria Street and Titanic Quarter, with a shuttle bus service in operation from 8am throughout the day between a dedicated park and ride facility at Airport Road West (Harbour Estate) and Stormont Estate. Existing park and ride services for Cairnshill, Black's Road and Sprucefield will be extended for the race finish at city hall.

On Saturday, enhanced capacity will be made available on both the Larne and Londonderry railway lines and a shuttle train service between Great Victoria Street and Titanic Quarter will also operate from 7.30am to 4pm. Similarly, for the race finish at city hall in Belfast, additional bus and train capacity as well as extended park and ride services will be available to bring people home.

For the final stage on Sunday 11 May, a special coach service will operate from Europa Buscentre at 7am travelling to Armagh. There will also be a return cross-border train service from Belfast to Dublin which will also serve Lisburn, Lurgan, Portadown and Newry.

(JP)

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