Traffic Disruption and Primark area update Belfast City Half Marathon

17 September 2018

Traffic Disruption and Primark area update Belfast City Half Marathon

On Sunday 23rd September, over 4,000 participants will set off on their 13.1mile journey from Ormeau Embankment in a bid to complete the 6th Deep RiverRock Belfast City Half Marathon.  Starting on Ormeau Embankment and finishing in Ormeau Park, the Half Marathon route takes in the picturesque Belfast City, from Victoria Park to Cornmarket, the Falls Road to Botanic Avenue.

In line with new road closure legislation, a road closure order has been applied for and motorists should expect some disruption.  Where possible stewards will facilitate traffic and ensure any disruption is kept to a minimum.  Motorists are asked to follow diversion signs and take direction from stewards on the route.

Roads will start to close wholly or partially from around 7am until 12noon.

Once all runners have passed points on the route, reopening of the roads will be managed.  Times for this are available on the Belfast City Council road closure website www.belfastcity.gov.uk/buildingcontrol-environment/road-closures/road-closures.aspx

The race commences at 9am on Ormeau Embankment.  The front runners are expected to pass over the Sam Thompson Bridge onto Airport Road at approximately 9.35am and make their way to Queens Bridge at approximately 9.45am via Sydenham Road and Station Street Flyover.  The runners are expected to pass through the city centre from Custom House Square, via High Street, Cornmarket, Arthur Street, Chichester Street, Castle Street enroute to the Falls Road at approximately 9.50am.  The area around Victoria Street will be disrupted between 8.30am and 11am.

Disruption can also be expected on Grosvenor Road, Great Victoria Street, and Bruce Street heading towards Dublin Road, Shaftesbury Square and Botanic Avenue from 8.30am to 11.50pm.  At approximately 10am the runners will pass through University Street onto the Ormeau Road, and Ormeau Embankment to the final stretch of the race, finishing with the home straight insight at approximately 10.10am.  The final finisher is estimated to arrive at the Ozone Centre Finish line at approximately 12noon.  

For spectators wishing to meet family and friends at the start/finish area, there are a variety of carparks close by that you can avail off.  These can be found on www.belfastcitymarathon.com.

Important information regarding Primark Building and impact on the Half Marathon route

Stephen Burns (Event Manager, Belfast City Marathon) confirmed:

“Following fire damage to the Primark Building in Belfast we have had to review the impact of road closures and cordon points.  The Belfast City Marathon management team along with the PSNI and our traffic management company have identified a Continency Route that enables only a minor change to the route of the half marathon.  As runners enter Chichester Street from Arthur Street they will continue up Chichester Street into Wellington Place and turn right into Queen Street where they will re-join the route. This additional distance is minimal and will not have a detrimental effect on the overall distance to the route. The change will be clearly identified using event stewards and traffic cones to ensure runners are directed along the new section and back onto the original route.”

Information on the expected traffic disruptions can be obtained from the Traffic Information and Control Centre via www.trafficwatchni.com or on Twitter @trafficwatchNI

Details of changes to Translink Metro services can be obtained by calling 028 9066 6630 (7am – 8pm) or visiting www.translink.co.uk.

Please note that we aim to assist in the continuous flow of traffic, therefore traffic will be diverted city bound at University Avenue and country bound at Ormeau Avenue.  We appreciate your patience.