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Belfast city marathon: Traffic and travel advice - what roads are closed and when?

As 15,000 people take to the streets of Belfast on the May Day Bank holiday for the city's annual marathon - some disruption can be expected on the roads.

The event starts at the City Hall at 9am and finishes in Ormeau Park, with the route taking in all parts of the city, from Sydenham to the Falls Road, Whitehouse to the Ravenhill Road.

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The area around City Hall will be closed to traffic between 6.30am and 10am - disruption can be expected in the city centre until around 12pm.

Motorists are advised disruption can be expected along the Albertbridge Road, Holywood Road and Sydenham Bypass until shortly after 11am.

The front runners are expected to pass back through the city centre, enroute to the Falls Road, at around 9.40am.  The area surrounding Victoria Street will be disrupted between 9am and 11am.

There will also be disruption around the four changeover points for the Marathon Relay event. 

At the first relay point at Bridge End, the road will be closed from 6am to 2pm.  Hillview Road will be closed from 9am to 2pm, while Gideon’s Green and Corporation Street will be closed from 6am to 3 pm.

Disruption also can be expected on the country-bound Antrim Road, from around 9.45am until around 11am, as the runners will still be in a large group as they undertake one of the race’s longest straight and challenging stretches. 

Belfast Zoo will remain open as normal with diversions in place for access.

Another point where some disruption can be expected is around Duncrue Road at the Fortwilliam Roundabout off slip. 

Police will be working to ensure disruption is kept to a minimum, but drivers travelling to and from the Stena Line terminal should be aware of possible delays and plan their journey accordingly.

Disruption can also be expected in Dock Street, while Ormeau Embankment will be closed from 6.30am until after 5pm.

For spectators wishing to meet family and friends at the finish area, a free park and ride shuttle bus service will run between Ormeau Park and the Belfast City Council car parks on Ormeau Avenue (opposite The Limelight complex) and Cromac Street between 10am and 4pm.  This service will operate approximately every ten minutes, depending on traffic conditions.

Helpful contact sites and numbers

Full details of the route and anticipated timings can be found at www.belfastcitymarathon.com

Belfast Zoo for information on diversion route 028 9077 6277

 Stena Line - 08447 707070 or visit www.stenaline.co.uk

Traffic updates from Traffic Information and Control Centre on 08457 123321, or via www.trafficwatchni.com.

Translink Metro services - 028 9066 6630 (7am – 8pm) or visiting www.translink.co.uk

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