ICE Northern Ireland welcomes plans for York Street Interchange upgrade

The Department for Regional Development’s plans for a grade-separated junction at York Street will ease traffic and promote economic growth.

The works will provide direct links between Westlink and the M2 and M3 motorways, improving access between these roads.
The works will provide direct links between Westlink and the M2 and M3 motorways, improving access between these roads.

Plans for York Street Interchange dating back to 1967 are one stage closer to starting. ICE NI has hailed the Department for Regional Development's plans for the York Street Interchange, which will fix the current traffic bottleneck, lessen congestion and delays and improve access to motorways.

The works include plans to remove traffic lights from the junction, which are a huge contributing factor to the area's traffic jams. At the moment, traffic wishing to go between the M2 and A12 and the M3 and A12 must use the traffic lights at York Street, causing a backup stretching beyond Fortwilliam and Grosvenor Road.

"These upgrades are a welcome development, as removing the traffic lights decreases the amount of stopping and starting," said Richard Kirk, Regional Director of ICE NI. "By creating a free-flowing junction, we reduce travel time and carbon emissions, thus improving driving experience and the environment.

"Furthermore, when finished the works will mean drivers will be able to pass between Belfast and Dublin without traffic lights – this access will mean more opportunities for trade and business, and will foster economic growth for our region."

The initial phase of the construction tender began 22 November, with the second phase commencing 12 January 2016.

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