TRAFFIC AND TRAVEL NEWS FOR G8 SUMMIT

Motorists are advised to allow extra time for their journeys on Monday

Motorists are advised to allow extra time for their journeys on Monday

POLICE are warning that several major routes in and around Belfast will be closed on Monday morning.

On Saturday, June 15, bus services around Belfast City Hall will use alternative departure points and routes from 10 am. Normal services are expected to resume around 2.30 pm.

ROADS:

Belfast: The M2 will be closed citybound from Templepatrick on Monday 17 June from 8:15 am until 9 am. This will affect all drivers seeking to join the M2 at junction five Templepatrick; junction four Sandyknowes; junction two Greencastle; junction one Fortwilliam and the M5.

Alternative routes to the M2 may be subject to delays.

Delays are expected on the Sydenham bypass citybound between 8:30 am and 9:30 am Oxford Street will be closed between 08:30 and 10:30.

A number of planned events and a notified march are expected to cause further delays in the city centre.

(1) 8:15 am – 9 am inbound lane closed from Templepatrick, this will affect all traffic joining the M2 at Templepatrick, Sandyknowes and Fortwilliam and the M5

(2) 8:30 am – 9:30 am Delays for inbound traffic on the Sydenham Bypass

(3) 8:30 am -10:30 am Oxford Street closed to all traffic

Enniskillen: Part of the A46 Loughshore Road (main Enniskillen to Belleek Road) is closed although there is local access for residents and businesses. The closure is from the Belleek side of the Magheradunbar junction to the lay-by at Carrickreagh and will remain closed until 26 June. Diversions are signposted via the B81 through Derrygonnelly.

There is already restricted access to roads in the town centre, including Queen Elizabeth Road, West Bridge and Castle Bridge. Other diversions will be put in place from Monday 17 June to manage traffic around Enniskillen during the event.

Drivers travelling to County Donegal from the east are advised to travel by Omagh and Kesh. A diversion will be in place at the Ballygawley roundabout. At Maguiresbridge drivers heading to Belleek will be advised to divert via Derrylin to avoid Enniskillen. And drivers heading from Enniskillen to Belleek will be advised to divert via Belcoo and Garrison.

Republic: There are no road closures or diversions but police have advised people travelling in south Donegal, Leitrim, Cavan and Monaghan that there may be vehicle security checks on roads leading to the Lough Erne Resort and to expect delays.

GAA: The G8 summit is not the only big event taking place in Fermanagh at the weekend. The Ulster Championship match at Brewster Park in Enniskillen between Fermanagh and Cavan is scheduled for 14:00 BST on Sunday.

Access to roads beside Brewster Park will be restricted. This includes Factory Road, Mill Street and Erne Road.

The GAA is recommending that supporters of Fermanagh and Cavan use club-organised buses.

Bus and rail travel: Rail travel is not expected to be affected throughout the summit but many bus services will be.

Services in Enniskillen have been subject to changes since 10 June and this will continue until 21 June. Most services leaving before 09:00 are leaving 30 minutes earlier than usual.

Other services from estates within Enniskillen that serve schools are running normally but passengers should be aware that delays are likely because of increased traffic in the town.

Anyone travelling to any of the airports by bus can expect delays to their journey and anyone with a ticket for a timetabled Translink airport service, should be aware that Translink says arrival times will be ‘approximate’.

Air travel: June is a busy month at the airports but increased security and the increased number of passengers is expected to cause extra delays for those trying to get into the airports.

Belfast International airport: More people will be travelling through both the International and City airports than normal but more disruption is expected at the International airport.

Vehicle checkpoints are already in place on the roads around the airport.

This is causing delays especially in Antrim, Crumlin and Templepatrick.

An International airport spokesperson said: “It’s business as usual, we will be fully operational and our car parks will be open as normal.

“We would however advise all our passengers to allow extra time when journeying to the airport and this starts from Friday 14 June right through until 19 Wednesday.

“Allow even more time than you think you might need and keep checking for updates.

George Best City airport: The airport is operating as normal but increased security means delays are possible. Again, the advice is to leave extra time to get to the airport.

On Monday delays and traffic restrictions are expected on the Sydenham bypass between 08:30 and 09:30 BST.

Dublin airport: Some disruption is expected at Dublin airport as well as many delegates going to the conference will be arriving there. The same advice applies, if you’re catching a flight from Dublin, be prepared for lengthier check-in times and leave earlier than you would leave under normal circumstances.

Airspace restrictions: Police have advised that there will be a number of a number of airspace security restrictions from Sunday 16 June – Tuesday 18 June 2013.

Three areas will be affected by the air exclusion zone.

Area A around Lough Erne – 1700 to 2259 16 June to 18 June (1800 to 2359).

Area B – The Corridor – 0730 to 1500 on 17 June (0830 to 1600). The Corridor – 1300Z to 2259Z on 18 June (1400 to 2359 ).

Area C- around Belfast – 0715Z to 1400Z on 17 June (0815 to 1500). Around Belfast – 1300Z to 2259Z on 18 June (1400 to 2359).

Exceptions to this can be found in the NATS United Kingdom Aeronautical Information Circular.

Marine plan: Part of Lough Erne will be closed as the PSNI will have active boat patrols in place. The closure will be from the lock gates at Portora to an area north of the venue adjacent to Ross Point and it will be in place from lunchtime on Sunday 16 until Tuesday night 18 June.

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