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Belfast Rapid Transit

Updated: 11 December 2014


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On Monday 1 December 2014 the new Dundonald Park & Ride facility came into operation and was officially opened by Transport Minister, Danny Kennedy MLA. The 520 space Park & Ride site was successfully completed on schedule by Lagan Construction Ltd.


Dundonald Park & Ride will be served by a new dedicated limited stop Metro 4X service during peak hours and by existing Translink Ulsterbus services at other times, prior to Belfast Rapid Transit services becoming operational in 2017.

Works currently underway

Please note that roadworks associated with the Belfast Rapid Transit project will be temporarily suspended for the period from Monday 24 November 2014 until Friday 2 January 2015 inclusive. This is in accordance with the TransportNI Christmas roadworks embargo.

Please click on the relevant link below for details of the works currently being undertaken.

Details of any potential impacts on traffic will be available on the Department's TrafficwatchNI website


Works scheduled to commence in the next 6 months

Please click on the relevant link below for details of the works scheduled to commence in the next 6 months.


Works completed

Please click on the relevant link below for details of the Belfast Rapid Transit works completed.

Upper Newtownards Road between Sandown Road and Knock Road

Start date:    23 June 2014

Scheduled completion date:    February 2015

Nature of works:    Minor carriageway widening and drainage system enhancements to facilitate future introduction of bus lanes in both directions for BRT. Resurfacing of almost 1km of carriageway and adjoining footways. Upgrade of three existing pedestrian crossings and provision of an additional pedestrian crossing facility near Ormiston Crescent. Upgrade to street lighting along entire section.

The temporary traffic management required to carry out the works safely will consist mainly of localised lane closures. Some weekend road closures may be necessary to carry out carriageway resurfacing. Motorists are asked to take extra care in the vicinity of the works.

Details of any potential impacts on traffic in the area will be available on the Department's TrafficwatchNI website

Falls Road between Grosvenor Road and Whiterock Road

Start date:    8 September 2014

Scheduled completion date:    August 2015

Nature of works:    Minor carriageway widening and drainage system enhancements to facilitate the extension of bus lanes in both directions. 1.3km of carriageway resurfacing and resurfacing of adjoining footways. Enhancements to traffic signals and pedestrian crossing facilities at the Donegall Road, Beechmount Avenue and Broadway junctions. Upgrade of all existing pedestrian crossings. Upgrade to street lighting along entire section.

The temporary traffic management required to carry out the works safely will consist mainly of localised lane closures. Some weekend road closures may be necessary to carry out carriageway resurfacing. Motorists are asked to take extra care in the vicinity of the works.

Details of any potential impacts on traffic in the area will be available on the Department's TrafficwatchNI website

Andersonstown Road / Stewartstown Road between Finaghy Road North and Michael Ferguson Roundabout

Scheduled start date:    March 2015

Scheduled completion date:    May 2016

Nature of works:    Carriageway widening and drainage system enhancements to facilitate the introduction of an inbound bus lane. Resurfacing of almost 1km of carriageway and adjoining footways. Enhancements to traffic signals and pedestrian crossing facilities at the Suffolk Road, Blacks Road and Finaghy Road North junctions and provision of a new signalised junction at Shaw’s Road. Upgrade of all existing pedestrian crossings. Upgrade to street lighting along entire section.

The temporary traffic management required to carry out the works safely will consist mainly of localised lane closures restricted to off-peak periods (between 9:30am and 4:30pm). Some weekend road closures may be necessary to carry out carriageway resurfacing.

Upper Newtownards Road between Albertbridge Road and Sandown Road

Scheduled start date:    Spring 2015

Scheduled completion date:    November 2015

Nature of works:    Minor carriageway widening and drainage system enhancements to facilitate the extension of bus lanes in both directions for BRT. Resurfacing of 1.2km of carriageway and adjoining footways. Enhancements to traffic signals and pedestrian crossing facilities at the Holywood Road, North Road and Sandown Road junctions. Upgrade of all existing pedestrian crossings and provision of an additional pedestrian crossing facility near Ebrington Gardens. Upgrade to street lighting along entire section.

The temporary traffic management required to carry out the works safely will consist mainly of localised lane closures restricted to off-peak periods (between 9:30am and 4:30pm). Some weekend road closures may be necessary to carry out carriageway resurfacing.

Divis Street / Falls Road between Millfield and Grosvenor Road

Scheduled start date:    To be confirmed

Scheduled completion date:    To be confirmed

Nature of works:    Minor carriageway widening and drainage system enhancements to facilitate the extension of bus lanes in both directions for BRT. Resurfacing of 1.4km of carriageway and adjoining footways. Enhancements to traffic signals and pedestrian crossing facilities at the junctions along the route. Upgrade of all existing pedestrian crossings and provision of additional pedestrian crossing facilities near Townsend Street. Upgrade to street lighting along entire section.

The temporary traffic management required to carry out the works safely will consist mainly of localised lane closures restricted to off-peak periods (between 9:30am and 4:30pm). Some weekend road closures may be necessary to carry out carriageway resurfacing.

Dundonald Park & Ride

Location:    Dunlady Road near the junction with Upper Newtownards Road

Start date:    May 2014

Completion date:    30 November 2014

Opening Date:    1 December 2014

The 520 space Dundonald Park and Ride site was officially opened by Transport Minister, Danny Kennedy MLA (see Press Release).

Dundonald Park & Ride will form a key part of the new Belfast Rapid Transit system which is scheduled to start services in 2017. In the meantime, the Park & Ride will be served by a new dedicated limited stop Metro 4X service during peak hours and by existing Translink Ulsterbus services at other times. The dedicated Metro service will use new environmentally friendly Euro 6 double-deck vehicles. Bicycle parking facilities are also provided adjacent to the terminal building.

For more information on the bus service to and from Dundonald Park & Ride site please visit Translink's website:







Your views are important to us and comments can be forwarded by writing to the Department at:

Department for Regional Development
Transport Projects Division – Belfast Rapid Transit
Clarence Court
10-18 Adelaide Street
BELFAST
BT2 8GB

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E-mail to: brt@drdni.gov.uk