Traffic restrictions and diversions will operate in Belfast city centre as the annual St Patrick’s Day carnival parade and concert takes place on Sunday, March 17.
Linenhall Street will be closed to traffic from 7am to 1.30pm on Sunday while on street parking will be unavailable until after 2pm on Linenhall Street, Chichester Street, High Street and Donegall Street down to Writer’s Square.
Motorists can expect some disruption along the parade route with rolling diversions from 12 noon through to 2pm on roads and streets that intersect with the route.
The carnival procession, featuring participants from all corners of Belfast, will leave Linenhall Street at 12.30pm.
It will make its way into Donegall Square North, continue along Chichester Street, turning left up Victoria Street and left again at High Street, up Bridge Street onto Donegall Street, finishing at Writer’s Square at approximately 1.30pm.
Extreme caution should be exercised when driving in and around the Custom House Square, Queen’s Square and Victoria Street areas due to the large volume of pedestrians attending the free concert featuring The Vengaboys, Catherine McGrath and Ryan Sheridan from 1.30pm-4pm
Translink will operate a normal Sunday service throughout the day. Some diversionary pick up and drop off points may occur between 12pm-2pm. Please see translink.co.uk and the display screens at bus stops for updated information.
Patrons attending the event are advised to use public transport. They can also use onstreet parking and city centre car parks. This includes blue badge holders.
Drivers should also be aware that the SPAR Craic 10K event will see up to 2,000 runners leaving Belfast City Hall at 9am on Sunday, taking in the Gaeltacht Quarter before finishing at Ormeau Park. A Traffic Management System and signage will be in place and motorists should follow directions of Police, any signage and exercise caution along the route. Delays or diversions can be expected.
Belfast Telegraph Digital