Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 20 April 2014

The Balmoral Show - did the RUAS move sites too soon?

Ulster Bank lunch at the 2013 Balmoral Show - Lorna Robinson and Karen Loughran. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Ulster Bank lunch at the 2013 Balmoral Show - Lorna Robinson and Karen Loughran. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

The Balmoral Show is a great institution and a wonderful showcase for Northern Ireland's agricultural industry. Its former site at the King's Hall in Belfast was proving too expensive and the move to the Maze allowed the Royal Ulster Agricultural Society the chance to expand its show while being more cost-effective. On the face of it that seemed a win-win situation.

But on the first day of this year's event it was clear that the roads infrastructure in the area around the new site is not capable of handling the huge crowds wanting to attend. The question now being asked is did the RUAS move sites too soon? The drivers who found themselves in hours-long traffic jams would answer with a resounding 'Yes'.

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