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Representing an investment of £500,000 NIE Networks will begin a three month programme of work to upgrade part of the underground cable network in Belfast City Centre. Work will commence on 22nd July 2019 and will be completed by 31st October 2019.

The project has been planned in partnership with the Department of Infrastructure, Belfast City Centre Management, Cathedral Quarter Business Improvement District and Translink.

What's Involved?

Reliability issues can occur with older electricity cables and parts of the network in this area have been identified for replacement. The project will see the upgrade of 3,000 metres of underground cable ensuring business and domestic customers in the area have a continued reliable electricity supply.

Morrow Contracts will be undertaking the work on behalf of NIE Networks. In order to minimise disruption during the installation works the cables shall be installed into ducts. This method speeds up the works at each location as the ground can be temporarily reinstated as the ducts are laid. It is estimated that up to 30 metres of trench will be worked on at any one time, on a rolling basis.

No interruptions to electricity supplies are planned and each phase will be completed before moving to the next to help minimise the impact to businesses, traffic flow and shoppers in the City Centre.

Phased Implementation

The work consists of three phases of implementation, with work commencing on 22nd July 2019.

The first phase of work will focus on the junction of Royal Avenue, York Street and North Street. The second phase will start on Royal Avenue towards Dunbar Link and the third phase will run from North Street to Peter’s Hill. All work will be completed by 31st October 2019.

How Will The Work Impact You?

Work will take place during and outside of normal working hours depending on the phase of the project. There may be restricted access to areas where we are working at certain times and traffic management will be in place to facilitate the work. Commuters may experience some traffic delays and it is therefore advisable to leave extra journey time.

We will have electronic roadside signage in place around the City Centre with up to date traffic information including restricted access times. Please check signage for the latest information.

Indicative Schedule Of Work

The below dates are indicative and may be subject to change as work progresses. Information will be updated as each phase is completed.

22nd - 29th July

Work will take place overnight at the junction of Royal Avenue, York Street and North Street. Full closure on Royal Avenue between Donegal Street and North Street and a one way closure on North Street - no traffic coming into the City Centre. During the days in between, Royal Avenue will be open one way for traffic travelling into the City Centre and North Street will be fully open.

29th July - 25th August

Work will take place during day time hours and sometimes overnight from Royal Avenue towards Dunbar Link. During this phase there will be a full time one way closure on sections of Royal Avenue - no traffic coming into the City Centre. Firstly from North Street to Donegal Street and then from Donegal Street to Great Patrick Street.

York Street will be closed Belfast bound to traffic until Wednesday 21st August with diversions in place. All lanes will reopen to traffic on York Street once work is completed.

Work on Great Patrick Street will continue during both during and outside of normal hours during the week commencing 19th August. Work will be finished in this section by Sunday 25th August. There will be reduced lanes in place during this time with 2 lanes remaining in operation.

26th August - 31st October

Work will take place during day time hours and sometimes overnight from North Street to Peter's Hill.

The first section of work, commencing on Monday 26th August, will take place on North Street with all lanes of traffic into Belfast from the junction of North Street with Carrick Hill to Royal Avenue closed to traffic during daytime and night hours.  This section is expected to take a few weeks to complete.

A one way closure on Peter's Hill from Carrick Hill (City bound only) will be in place from 12th September.

Got A question?

If you have any concerns or queries about our work, you can contact David Tompsett, Project Delivery Engineer for NIE Networks on 028 9095 4753 between the hours of 8am and 5pm or alternatively, contact our Customer Helpline on 03457 643 643.