York Street Interchange - Scheme Homepage
Page last updated - 18th June 2015.
The Westlink, M2 and M3 motorways, which are key sections of the Strategic Road Network, are presently connected through a complex arrangement of traffic signals at York Street. This bottleneck presently causes significant congestion and delays for traffic travelling between Westlink and the M2 and M3 motorways at peak times. The junction will come under increased pressure to deal with traffic in the future.
In preparation for this, Transport NI has developed proposals to provide a grade-separated junction at York Street that would provide direct links between Westlink and the M2 and M3 motorways and greatly improve access between these roads. Plans to improve the York Street junction with Westlink are included in Department’s Investment Delivery Plan for Roads..
Click on the thumbnail to view existing junction. (PDF, 1007KB)
Scheme Development Status
Transport NI develops major road schemes in accordance with a three stage process defined in the Design Manual for Roads and Bridges. The stages of the scheme assessment process are detailed below:
|Click on the thumbnail to view scheme development graphic. (PDF, 1322KB)|
Construction of the Proposed Scheme will be dependent upon the successful completion of the necessary statutory procedures, a detailed economic appraisal and the availability of funding through the normal budgetary process
Environmental Statement Non-Technical Summary
A non-technical summary of the published Environmental Statement has been prepared and is available for download via the link below
Non-Technical Summary (PDF,5391KB)
Following the announcement of the Preferred Option in December 2012, Transport NI and its consultants, URS, have been working to further refine the layout of the scheme ahead of a Stage 3 Scheme Assessment. This work has included the completion of an Environmental Impact Assessment, in accordance with the requirements of the Design Manual for Roads and Bridges.
General arrangement Drawing (PDF, 3211KB)
As announced by the Minister for Regional Development on 27th January 2015, the Proposed Scheme Report, including an Environmental Statement and an Engineering, Traffic and Economic Assessment Report, have now been published along with a Notice of Intention to Make a Vesting Order (NIMVO) and Notice of Intention to Make a Designation Order (NIMDO). These documents are available to view online via the "Project Documents" link under "Scheme Information".
An exhibition of the Proposed Scheme (‘The Orders Exhibition’) was held in the Ramada Encore Hotel, Talbot Street, Belfast on:
·9th February 2015 (14:00 – 21:00)
·10th February 2015 (10:00 – 21:00).
Representatives of Transport NI and the project team were available to explain the proposals and answer questions.
The Environmental Statement can be viewed and downloaded from this website, via the "Project Documents" section under the "Scheme Information" links to the right.
Bound paper copies of the Environmental Statement may be purchased at a cost of £185 (and are also available on DVD free of charge), by writing to the Strategic Roads Improvement Team, Transport NI – Eastern Division Headquarters, Hydebank, 4 Hospital Road, Belfast, BT8 8JL. The Non-Technical Summary is available free of charge from the same address and is also available for download above.
The formal consultation period
The formal consultation ran from 27th January until 10th March 2015.
A Public Inquiry is programmed for November 2015. All those who formally commented during the consultation period will be contacted in due course.