Belfast Telegraph

Road closures rolled out ahead of Giro racers

By Amanda Ferguson

As the Giro d'Italia cyclists pedal their way to the finish line, the biggest traffic management plan Northern Ireland has ever seen is now well under way.

Today and tomorrow there will be rolling road closures and controlled crossing points.

The crossing points will be managed to allow limited access across the route for vehicles, but will be closed for considerable periods of time for the race.

Today from 8am to 5pm the second stage of the Giro road race will affect Belfast's Titanic Quarter; Antrim; Ballymena; Ballymoney; Bushmills; Ballycastle; Cushendall; Waterfoot; Carnlough; Glenarm; Ballygally; Larne; Whitehead, Carrickfergus and Belfast City Hall. Stage three tomorrow from 7am to 2pm will impact on Armagh; Loughgall; Richhill; Markethill; Keady, Newtownhamilton and Forkhill before the Giro d'Italia cyclists cross the border via Dundalk – and then it's on to Castlebellingham, Ballbriggan and Swords in Dublin.

In Armagh, Cathedral Road and Edward Street junction will be closed from 7pm today until tomorrow at 2pm.

There will be 5,000 car parking spaces available in Armagh.

Translink will operate return coach services from Belfast's Europa Bus Centre to Armagh.

It will also operate an additional special return Enterprise rail service to Dublin for those wishing to watch the finish of stage three.

Rain is expected tomorrow with a top temperature of around 12C.

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