Belfast Telegraph

Sydenham bypass security alert sparks chaos for commuters

By David Young

Commuter chaos hit Belfast yesterday afternoon after a security alert closed the Sydenham bypass - the main route between Belfast and Bangor.

The Belfast to Bangor railway line was also closed, and bus services were extensively disrupted.

Army bomb experts were called to investigate a suspicious object discovered at around 3pm close to Titanic Railway Halt on Ballymacarrett Road.

Angry commuters took to Twitter to vent their frustration.

"The Holywood Road is like a car park," said Carrickfergus UUP councillor Lindsay Millar.

A collision at Sydenham Road added to the traffic misery.

Large crowds of stranded commuters gathered at Laganside bus station and Belfast Central railway station as they struggled to reach home.

At 6.30pm Army Technical Officers declared the object to be "nothing untoward".

In a statement, PSNI Superintendent Darrin Jones said: " We apologise for the inconvenience caused, but public safety is of paramount importance - and this was necessary to ensure the safety of the local community and to protect everyone."

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