03/11/2003

Belfast set for traffic chaos along Laganside

Traffic chaos is set to ensue Belfast this coming week when DRD Roads Service begins resurfacing work in the Laganside area of the city.

Waring Street, Albert Square and Donegall Quay will be closed on Wednesday and Thursday this week as part of the Laganside redevelopment scheme.

Dunbar Link, Albert Square – Donegall Quay will be closed to traffic on Wednesday from 9am to 4pm from the junction of Tomb Street to the exit of the Lagan Lookout Car park to Donegall Quay.

All traffic will be diverted from Waring Street through Custom House Square towards Donegall Quay / Oxford Street. Traffic for the Queen Elizabeth Bridge, A2 Bangor and the City Airport will be directed across Donegall Quay onto the bridge.

"The access from Tomb Street to Waring Street / Albert Square will be closed on both Wednesday and Thursday also from 9am to 4pm.

Donegall Quay will also be closed from Corporation Square to Albert Square and traffic will be diverted along Corporation Street, Dunbar Link, Waring Street, Custom House Square, Donegall Quay (Queen Elizabeth Bridge) / Oxford Street.

From Thursday, Queen’s Square will be permanently closed to through traffic except for buses, cyclists and access to properties. The right turn from Victoria Street into Queen’s Square will be prohibited with a compulsory left turn for vehicles exiting from High Street. Custom House Square will be closed and all traffic will be directed onto the new road.

A DRD Roads Service spokesperson said their department had carefully programmed the work to help reduce disruption in this area, however some delays would be unavoidable and where possible motorists should avoid the Custom House area.

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