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St Patrick's Day 2017: Traffic, travel and weather across Northern Ireland

By Claire Williamson

St Patrick's Day celebrations are set to take over Belfast on Friday - so here are your traffic, travel and weather details for weekend.

The annual St Patrick's Day carnival, parade and concert will take place on Friday March 17 in Belfast city centre.

Several traffic restrictions and diversions will be in place.

Motorists can expect disruption along the carnival procession route with rolling diversions from 11.40am through to 1pm.

Diversions will also be in place during this time on roads and streets that intersect with the route.

The carnival procession will leave the City Hall at 12noon.

It will make its way into Donegall Square North, then along Donegall Place and Royal Avenue, turning right onto Donegall Street, right onto Waring Street, left onto Bridge Street, left again onto High Street, crossing Victoria Street and entering Custom House Square at approximately 12.50pm.

Extreme caution should be exercised when driving in and around the Custom House Square, Queen’s Square and Victoria Street areas due to the large volume of pedestrians attending the free concert featuring Fleur, Reggie ‘n’ Bollie and Stooshe from 12.45pm-3pm.

On street parking on Donegall Street will be suspended from 9pm on Thursday March 16 until after 1pm on March 17 to allow for the parade to progress.

Translink Metro will operate a normal service throughout the day.

Some diversionary pick-up and drop off points may occur during 11am-1pm. Check their website and the display screens at any affected bus stops for updated information.

Drivers should also be aware that the SPAR Craic 10K event will see more than 1,000 runners leaving Belfast City Hall at 9am on St Patrick's Day taking in both sides of the River Lagan before finishing on the Titanic Slipways.

A Traffic Management System and signs will be in place.

Delays or diversions can be expected at the following times and places:

Belfast City Hall / Wellington Place/ Chichester Street 08:15-10:00

Divis Street/ Falls Road / Grosvenor Road 09:00- 09:40

Countrybound traffic on Divis Street will experience delays until approximately 09:30

Access to Divis Street from Westlink will be restricted during this time.

Queen’s Road Area Belfast Harbour Estate 0915- 1015

Weather:

The Met Office has predicted that Friday will be a mainly cloudy day with outbreaks of rain which will be heavy at times.

Armagh and Down is expected to get drier spells during the afternoon.

Westerly winds should ease later on.

The maximum temperature will be 11 degrees.

As the festivities continue into Saturday it will remain cloudy with further outbreaks of rain.

Sunday will be brighter with sunny spells and showers.

What to do?

Check out the Belfast Telegraph guide to all that is happening over St Patrick's weekend

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