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Irish Open: Traffic and travel for North Coast golf tournament

If you're heading north to take in the golfing action at the Irish Open this weekend, be warned - so are plenty of others.

Traffic delays are to be expected and special transportation links will be in place for the duration of the event at the Portstewart Golf Club, which runs from July 4 to 9.

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Transport for the event has been coordinated by a group made up of the PSNI, Translink, Transport NI, Causeway Coast and Glens Borough council, and the European Tour.

The Irish Open last visited the Causeway Coast in 2012, when Royal Portrush Golf Club hosted the event, and on that occasion it drew in 100,000 spectators.

The bulk of traffic for the event is expected to come up on the A26 from Belfast and Ballymena, with the A29 and A37 carrying traffic from Mid Ulster also expected to be busy.

As drivers approach the venue temporary signage will be in place with directions towards park-and-ride sites.

Roughly 7,000 parking spaces will be available around the site, and shuttles will run from 6.30am on July 4 through until the end of the tournament on Sunday evening. The services will depart every 10 minutes and run through until around 9pm each evening.

Restrictions will be in place on some roads in and around the Portstewart Golf Club, including Burnside Road, Strand Road, and Prospect Road - although residents will be provided with access passes.

For anyone who doesn't want to deal with the hassle of parking, special bus and train services will be running from locations across the province.

Special coach services will be available from Belfast, Londonderry, Omagh, Newry and a number of other places - a full list of which can be found on the Translink website.

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Translink's map of where special bus and train services will be available from.

Trains will run hourly to the event from Coleraine, Derry and Belfast with increased capacity on these services between 5 July and 9 July, and additional early morning and late night trains are scheduled to run.

On arrival, passengers travelling by train will be able to avail of a free shuttle service to the event.

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