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Wednesday 29 July 2015

Balmoral visitors spared second day of jams as revamp eases congestion

BY VICTORIA O’HARA

Published 17/05/2013 | 04:49

The first day of the Balmoral Show in the new grounds of the old Maize Prison kicked off
The first day of the Balmoral Show in the new grounds of the old Maize Prison kicked off
Ulster Bank lunch at the 2013 Balmoral Show - Lorna Robinson and Karen Loughran. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster has pledged her support for the continued growth of the agri-food industry in Northern Ireland during a visit to the 2013 Balmoral Show on Thursday. The Minister spent the day touring the Showgrounds and meeting representatives from the food processing industry along with the wider agri-food community. Pictured with Arlene Foster during a visit to the Dale Farm exhibition, was David Dobbin, Chief Executive.
Second day of the 2013 Balmoral Show in partnership with Ulster Bank at the new site, Balmoral Park. The Botannica Amateur Championship. Martin Wilson on Hermes Diamond. Photograph by Stephen Hamilton /Presseye
Second day of the 2013 Balmoral Show in partnership with Ulster Bank at the new site, Balmoral Park. The Botannica Amateur Championship. Martin Wilson on Hermes Diamond Photograph by Stephen Hamilton /Presseye
The Botannica Amateur Championship. Margaret Fullerton on Vinday Photograph by Stephen Hamilton /Presseye
Ulster Bank lunch at the Balmoral Show. Pictured left to right are: Richard Ennis, Dabid Thomas, Ellvena Graham and Nigel Dunlop. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
The Botannica Amateur Championship. Margaret Fullerton on Vinday. Photograph by Stephen Hamilton /Presseye
Ulster Bank lunch at the Balmoral Show. Pictured left to right are: Ian Jordan, Declan Billington and Paul Johnston. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
The Botannica Amateur Championship. Zoe Farren on Tahoma Cruise. Photograph by Stephen Hamilton /Presseye
Ulster Bank lunch at the Balmoral Show. Pictured left to right are: Colum Caughey and Nigel Walsh. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
The Botannica Amateur Championship. Zoe Farren on Tahoma Cruise. Photograph by Stephen Hamilton /Presseye
Ulster Bank lunch at the Balmoral Show. Pictured left to right are: Ken Murnaghan, Denis Lynn and Nicky Banjeri. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
The Botannica Amateur Championship. Zoe Farren on Tahoma Cruise. Photograph by Stephen Hamilton /Presseye
The Botannica Amateur Championship. Colleen Glasgow on Euro DoublAct. Photograph by Stephen Hamilton /Presseye
Presseye Northern Ireland - 15th May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-William Cherry/Presseye Artist Michelle Stephens unveils a 2.5 metre high sculpture that is residing pride-of-place on one of the main thoroughfares in the Balmoral Show??s new home. It was inspired by Cookstown 10-year-old Cormac Peter Wardle who won a competition organised by show principal sponsor, Ulster Bank, to design a permanent feature themed on the agricultural industry and reflecting the show??s exciting move this year to its new site. Michelle interpreted the winning design into the sculpture.
@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 15th May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Presseye Balmoral Show Balmoral Park 2013 Traffic congestion on the Halftown Road Lisburn.
NO FEE Presseye.com15th May 2013 First day of the 2013 Balmoral Show in partnership with Ulster Bank at the new site, Balmoral Park. Photograph by Stephen Hamilton /Presseye
NO FEE Presseye.com15th May 2013 First day of the 2013 Balmoral Show in partnership with Ulster Bank at the new site, Balmoral Park. Pictured are 3 generations who have made the journey Gerri Stephens,Eilleen Stephens and Sara Stephens-Drea Photograph by Stephen Hamilton /Presseye
NO FEE Presseye.com15th May 2013 First day of the 2013 Balmoral Show in partnership with Ulster Bank at the new site, Balmoral Park. Pictured are Charlie Shields and Oisin Rafferty with Ulster Banks mascot Henri. Photograph by Stephen Hamilton /Presseye
NO FEE Presseye.com15th May 2013 First day of the 2013 Balmoral Show in partnership with Ulster Bank at the new site, Balmoral Park. Pictured are Eric Smyth on Tully brook cruse Hill Photograph by Stephen Hamilton /Presseye
NO FEE Presseye.com15th May 2013 First day of the 2013 Balmoral Show in partnership with Ulster Bank at the new site, Balmoral Park. Jessica Burke Photograph by Stephen Hamilton /Presseye
15.05.13. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALD The first day of the Balmoral Show in the new grounds of the old Maize Prison kicked off yesterday. Rebecca Monaghan from Co. Clare with her horse Cougar Suprise waiting to go into the show
15.05.13. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALD The first day of the Balmoral Show in the new grounds of the old Maize Prison kicked off yesterday. General View
15.05.13. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALD The first day of the Balmoral Show in the new grounds of the old Maize Prison kicked off yesterday. Aimee Davis aged 13 tending to her Baby Calf, Aoibhe
15.05.13. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALD The first day of the Balmoral Show in the new grounds of the old Maize Prison kicked off yesterday. A man competing with his cow in the Cow Showring
15.05.13. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALD The first day of the Balmoral Show in the new grounds of the old Maize Prison kicked off yesterday. A woman showing off her cow in the Cow Showring
15.05.13. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALD The first day of the Balmoral Show in the new grounds of the old Maize Prison kicked off yesterday. People petting the Goats in the Goat ring
Pacemaker Press 15/5/2013 Ashley Brown from Saintfield with her Donkey on The First day of the Balmoral show 2013 , That takes place at the Old Maze Prison site near Lisburn for the first time Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 15/5/2013 Francis Dunne a horse on The First day of the Balmoral show 2013 , That takes place at the Old Maze Prison site near Lisburn for the first time Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 15th May 2012 - First day of the 2013 Balmoral Show in partnership with Ulster Bank at the new site, Balmoral Park. First Minister Peter Robinson meets Eve McClurg and Zoe Ball and their horse 'Roz' at the beginning of the show. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Pacemaker Press 15/5/2013 The First day of the Balmoral show 2013 , That takes place at the Old Maze Prison site near Lisburn for the first time Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 15/5/2013 The First day of the Balmoral show 2013 , That takes place at the Old Maze Prison site near Lisburn for the first time Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 15th May 2012 - First day of the 2013 Balmoral Show in partnership with Ulster Bank at the new site, Balmoral Park. First Minister Peter Robinson meets Eve McClurg and Zoe Ball and their horse 'Roz' at the beginning of the show. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 15th May 2012 - First day of the 2013 Balmoral Show in partnership with Ulster Bank at the new site, Balmoral Park. First Minister Peter Robinson meets TV chef Jenny Bristow at the beginning of the show. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 15th May 2012 - First day of the 2013 Balmoral Show in partnership with Ulster Bank at the new site, Balmoral Park. First Minister Peter Robinson and Junior Minister Jonathan Bell meets children from Newtownards Model Primary School at the beginning of the show. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 15th May 2012 - First day of the 2013 Balmoral Show in partnership with Ulster Bank at the new site, Balmoral Park. First Minister Peter Robinson serves food to members of the public at the Ulster Pork and Bacon Forum at the beginning of the show. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Farmers prepare their sheep for show on the first day of the Balmoral show at its new site, the former Maze prison outside Lisburn in Co Antrim
NO FEE Presseye.com15th May 2013 First day of the 2013 Balmoral Show in partnership with Ulster Bank at the new site, Balmoral Park. Photograph by Stephen Hamilton /Presseye
NO FEE Presseye.com15th May 2013 First day of the 2013 Balmoral Show in partnership with Ulster Bank at the new site, Balmoral Park. Alan Irwin from Fintona with his prized Chardiner Photograph by Stephen Hamilton /Presseye
NO FEE Presseye.com15th May 2013 Ulsters Stephen Ferris pictured at the First day of the 2013 Balmoral Show in partnership with Ulster Bank at the new site, Balmoral Park. Photograph by Stephen Hamilton /Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 15th May 2012 - First day of the 2013 Balmoral Show in partnership with Ulster Bank at the new site, Balmoral Park. First Minister Peter Robinson and Jeffrey Donaldson meets Ray Burrows from the Ulster Aviation Society at the beginning of the show. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 15th May 2012 - First day of the 2013 Balmoral Show in partnership with Ulster Bank at the new site, Balmoral Park. First Minister Peter Robinson serves food to members of the public at the Ulster Pork and Bacon Forum at the beginning of the show. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Earl of Wessex at Balmoral Show Day 1 at the new Balmoral Park site on the former Maze prison site. HRH Prince Edward is pictured during a tour of the showgrounds. Photo by Simon Graham/Harrison Photography.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 15th May 2012 - First day of the 2013 Balmoral Show in partnership with Ulster Bank at the new site, Balmoral Park. Shane McFadden competes in the show jumping. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
NO FEE Presseye.com15th May 2013 First day of the 2013 Balmoral Show in partnership with Ulster Bank at the new site, Balmoral Park. Pictured is Shane Smullin from Carlo Photograph by Stephen Hamilton /Presseye
NO FEE Presseye.com15th May 2013 First day of the 2013 Balmoral Show in partnership with Ulster Bank at the new site, Balmoral Park. Pictured Dennis Hefernon from Galway Photograph by Stephen Hamilton /Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 15th May 2012 - First day of the 2013 Balmoral Show in partnership with Ulster Bank at the new site, Balmoral Park. Pictured are Kenneth and Todd Martin. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
NO FEE Presseye.com15th May 2013 First day of the 2013 Balmoral Show in partnership with Ulster Bank at the new site, Balmoral Park. Alan Irwin from Fintona with his prized Chardiner Photograph by Stephen Hamilton /Presseye
NO FEE Presseye.com15th May 2013 First day of the 2013 Balmoral Show in partnership with Ulster Bank at the new site, Balmoral Park. Pictured are David Ingle ride judge on Bloomfield Millpond owned Daphne Tierney Photograph by Stephen Hamilton /Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 15th May 2012 - First day of the 2013 Balmoral Show in partnership with Ulster Bank at the new site, Balmoral Park. Greg Fruchtenicht from Ruffle Clothing prepares his stall. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 15th May 2012 - First day of the 2013 Balmoral Show in partnership with Ulster Bank at the new site, Balmoral Park. Shirley Irwon and Irene Brown. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 15th May 2012 - First day of the 2013 Balmoral Show in partnership with Ulster Bank at the new site, Balmoral Park. Performers at the entrance to the Balmoral Show. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 15th May 2012 - First day of the 2013 Balmoral Show in partnership with Ulster Bank at the new site, Balmoral Park. Greg Fruchtenicht from Ruffle Clothing prepares his stall. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 15th May 2012 - First day of the 2013 Balmoral Show in partnership with Ulster Bank at the new site, Balmoral Park. Performers at the entrance to the Balmoral Show. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 15th May 2012 - First day of the 2013 Balmoral Show in partnership with Ulster Bank at the new site, Balmoral Park. Performers at the entrance to the Balmoral Show. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Radical changes to traffic and parking arrangements meant thousands of visitors to the Balmoral Show experienced an almost pain-free journey to the new site after the first day of congestion.

A “rebalancing exercise” of traffic management proved mostly successful with organisers the Royal Ulster Agricultural Society (RUAS) saying “large crowds” flocked to the former Maze site yesterday.

It was also reported that parking charges at the new venue were not being strictly enforced.

There were still some hold-ups getting in — and out — of the show, but nothing on the scale of Wednesday’s traffic chaos that saw some people in jams for up to five hours.

However, some drivers reported being stuck for more than an hour trying to exit last night, with a few taking out their frustration on parking attendants.

One man said: “The show is magnificent and the new venue much better, but this access thing is ridiculous. I’ve been stuck here almost 90 minutes and the queue is not moving so I’ve just wound the window down to let the sun in and waiting until it clears.”

The changes came after it was claimed an estimated £20m has been “ringfenced” to develop a new road infrastructure surrounding the venue.

The Maze/Long Kesh development Corporation said plans are under way for two direct links from the motorway, one from Junction 8 at Sprucefield and another via slip roads directly from the west will be built.

Chairman of the corporation Terence Brannigan made his comments 24 hours after the traffic chaos that affected thousands of people travelling to Balmoral Park in Lisburn for the first day of the event.

Mr Brannigan said: “In line with Programme for Government commitments, ministers have confirmed that the infrastructure works that will enable further development at the Maze/Long Kesh Site will have high priority”.

Corporation chief executive Kyle Alexander told the Belfast Telegraph: “We are looking at creating two direct links from the motorway, one from Junction 8 at Sprucefield and the other via slip roads directly from the west.

“We have begun the environmental survey and other preparatory work, there will be ongoing consultation with the local community, local land owners and Lisburn City Council.”

He said it is the “top priority” of the Maze/Long Kesh development corporation board to deliver the works he described as “necessary”.

No time scale has been given for the process but Mr Brannigan said in 12 months’ time the situation “will not be the same”.

He said: “But let's not pretend that in 12 months’ time we are going to have two roads linking up to the motorway network.

“The work is going on now, as we speak, in respect of putting two links into the motorway, one from the east and one from the west.

“We are doing environmental studies now in order to get clearance. We will then have to go to planning and from that we will be able to build the two roads.

“The money has been ring-fenced so we can't complain that we haven't got the money.

“But there is a due process we have to go through. It’s frustrating, nonetheless it is a process we must go through.”

On Wednesday, First Minister Peter Robinson said he hoped any problems with access would be overcome.

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