Roadworks in Belfast and Lisburn halted in run-up to Christmas
Roadworks across Belfast and Lisburn have been halted in the run-up to the busy Christmas period.
Transport Minister Michelle McIlveen announced an embargo on planned roadworks on major routes into the cities, taking effect from today and continuing until January 4, 2016.
"This voluntary arrangement between Transport NI and the utility companies will place a temporary ban on all planned roadworks on the main routes in Belfast and Lisburn, except for works which are unavoidable," the minister said.
"This is the 17th year of operation. The embargo has been very successful in previous years and well received by the respective Chambers of Trade and Commerce and other business organisations.
"This should help the travelling public during the run-up to Christmas, which is the busiest traffic period of the year."
Andrew Irvine of Belfast City Centre Management Company, said: "Shoppers and traders of Belfast will greatly benefit from this initiative."