UPDATED: Police travel advice as thousands descend on Belfast for Ed Sheeran and Irish League tie
Noel Gallagher also playing SSE Arena
Strict traffic restrictions are to be in place for two major events in Belfast on Wednesday night.
Road users are advised to anticipate traffic disruption and plan for potential delays in south Belfast on Wednesday due to the Ed Sheeran music concert and football match at the National Stadium.
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On Wednesday afternoon 42,000 people are expected at Boucher playing fields for the Sheeran.
While the Europa League Play Off Semi Final between Linfield and Glentoran will kick off at 7.45pm in the National Football Stadium at Windsor Park.
Police said cones will be placed near both venues to maximise public safety, minimise traffic disruption and secure emergency vehicle access.
"Motorists must comply with these restrictions," a PSNI spokeswoman said.
Elsewhere in the city Noel Gallagher is also performing at the SSE Arena.
Attending Sheeran concert or arranging drop-offs / pick-ups?
There is no parking available in the vicinity of the venue. Patrons are advised to park in the City Centre and either walk to the concert, or use the special Translink Metro and rails Services - for more information visit www.translink.co.uk
There will not be any ‘drop off’ points in the area of the event site. ‘Drop offs’ and ‘pick ups’ should be arranged at locations well away from the site.
The citybound M1 offslip at Stockmans Lane / Kennedy Way will be closed between 10pm and midnight – with traffic diverted via the Broadway roundabout.
Boucher Road and Stockmans Lane will also be closed to traffic between 10pm and midnight at the latest. Again, ‘Pick ups’ should be arranged at locations well away from the Event site. Motorists must comply with directions of police officers and any mobile variable message signs or overhead gantrys on Westlink/ M1.
At the end of the concert, most likely from 10.15pm to around midnight, strict traffic restrictions will be implemented, with no through traffic permitted on Boucher Road. Pick ups should be arranged at locations well away from the Event site. Motorists must comply with directions of police officers and any mobile variable message signs or overhead gantrys on Westlink/ M1, police said.
For the football
Increased congestion is expected in the area and following consultation with both clubs and the Irish FA, police are asking those attending the match to take note of the following arrangements.
Gates open at 6.30pm. Fans are asked to arrive early to avoid any delays on entry to the stadium.
Linfield supporters will occupy the South Stand and are encouraged to park at the Lisburn Road side of the Stadium and enter via the footbridge to the South Stand entrance. This will greatly facilitate fans leaving the area after the match by avoiding the most congested areas.
Glentoran supporters will occupy the North Stand and are encouraged to park between Tates Avenue and Donegall Road, and adjacent areas. These fans will enter the stadium via Tates Avenue to Boucher Road and enter the stadium via the walkway to the North Stand.
There will be no parking available on the Boucher Road or Glenmachan Street. Supporters are also asked to note that to facilitate concert attendees leaving their venue most likely from 10.15pm to around midnight, strict traffic restrictions will be implemented, with no through traffic permitted on Boucher Road.
Glentoran Supporters’ buses should drop fans off at the Boucher Road entrance to the stadium. The ‘pick up’ after the match will be at the same location.
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