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Public Information Event Wednesday 8th March 2017 - Upper Newtownards Road Phase 2 – Flood Alleviation Scheme

01 March 2017 17:05

NI Water is currently completing the detailed design of a large-scale flood alleviation project for the Upper Newtownards Road area of Belfast.

This infrastructure project will involve the upgrade of existing and installation of new sewers on the Upper Newtownards and Knock Road, as well as sewers within some other residential streets in the area. It is being undertaken to resolve ongoing internal and external flooding issues and when complete, will increase the capacity of the existing sewerage system in the area and reduce the risk of ‘out of sewer’ flooding and environmental pollution.

NI Water would like to invite the public along to hear more about this important scheme on Wednesday 8th March 2017 at Knock Methodist Centre, BT5 6JA. This is a “drop in” event and people are welcome to call in at any stage between 4-7pm to get further information on the project.

During the main sewer laying works, temporary lane closures will be required on the Upper Newtownards and Knock Road for safety reasons, although two-way traffic will be maintained. Two major crossings of the Upper Newtownards Road are also proposed which we intend to carry out using ‘no-dig’ trenchless techniques to reduce disruption as far as possible. To facilitate the trenchless works there will be localised road closures on some residential streets.  

The project is being programmed to finish in advance of the implementation of the new Belfast Rapid Transport (BRT) system in September 2018. NI Water is continuing detailed discussions with TransportNI and other stakeholders regarding the programming and traffic management arrangements for these planned works.

All media enquiries to NI Water Press Office on 028 9035 4757 or email

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