On Tuesday 17th March 2015 at 1200hrs there will be a St. Patrick’s Day parade from the City Hall grounds to Custom House Square where there will be a carnival and various entertainments from 1300hrs until 1500hrs approximately.
The parade will proceed from City Hall via Donegall Square North – Chichester Street – Victoria Street to Custom House Square for the main event. Floats taking part in the parade will form up in the Coach parking bays in Donegall Square West and move off at 12:00hrs via Donegall Square North to Chichester Street.
The top end of bus lane at Queen’s Square (Ulsterbus exit from Princes Street) will remain open throughout the event in Custom House Square except for the period when the parade is crossing Victoria Street from High Street to Custom House Square. The current diversion for Metro services will still apply omitting the entire bus lane.
Donegall Square West and Wellington Place will be closed to all traffic from 11:00hrs and whilst the parade is moving from the City Hall to Victoria Street via Chichester Street.
Until the parade clears the City Hall/Victoria Street all services to;
East Belfast will depart from May Street via Adelaide Street – Ormeau Avenue – Cromac Street to East Bridge Street and as normal. Queen’s Bridge services should turn in to Short Strand on crossing the Albert Bridge to their normal routes from there. Once the City Hall is clear services should operate from Donegall Square West via the diversionary route until Victoria Street is opened again.
North Belfast services should operate inward via Royal Avenue/York Street to Dunbar Link – Albert Quay – Donegall Quay – Oxford Street – May Street and Howard Street to Upper Queen Street. North Belfast services other than Antrim and Shore Road should continue to the relevant departure point in Royal Avenue for outward journey until the City Hall/Victoria Street clears. Cross town linked services should operate from May Street or Donegall Square South as appropriate.
Falls and corridor 7 services will be unaffected by the diversions and should operate from their normal departure points.
Lisburn, Malone and Donegall Road services should operate inbound from Great Victoria Street via Bruce Street –Dublin Road – Ormeau Avenue and Cromac Street to operate their return journey from May Street.
(Some traffic disruption will take place during the movement from City Hall to Custom House Square which is expected to take 20- 30 minutes approximately and services will operate from the alternate departure points or be held back accordingly by the Metro Inspectorate or P.S.N.I.).
For further information please call the Translink COntact centre on (028) 9066 6630.