Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 24 July 2014

Motorway re-opens following rush-hour traffic chaos amid Belfast security alert

Heavy traffic near the Black's Road in Belfast  due to a security alert that caused major traffic disruption on Monday morning. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Heavy traffic near the Black's Road in Belfast due to a security alert that caused major traffic disruption on Monday morning. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Heavy traffic due to a security alert that caused major traffic disruption on Monday morning. Pic Arthur Allison
Heavy traffic due to a security alert that caused major traffic disruption on Monday morning. Pic Arthur Allison
The scene of the normally busy Stockman's Lane area of the motorway on Monday morning
The scene of the normally busy Stockman's Lane area of the motorway on Monday morning

The M1 motorway has re-opened following a security alert which caused massive rush-hour traffic chaos on Monday morning.

The motorway had been shut in both directions between the Lisburn/Saintfield turnoff and Stockman's Lane.

Army bomb experts were sent to the scene in the early hours due to the alert.

Police later said the alert had been triggered by a stolen vehicle which was found abandoned in the Lisburn area.

A number of diversions had been put in place.

Both lanes have since re-opened.

Motorists took to Twitter to vent their anger over the serious disruption, which caused serious delays for those travelling into the city.

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