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Upper Newtownards Road Phase 2 - Flood Alleviation Scheme Gets Underway

02 June 2017 15:04

NI Water will commence work on a large-scale flood alleviation project for the Upper Newtownards Road / Knock Road area of East Belfast on Monday 5th June.

Initial works will commence around the Upper Newtownards Road junction with Hawthornden Way/ Knock Road and also on the Knock Road adjacent to the Comber Greenway.

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

The two key elements of the work will be carried out on the Upper Newtownards Road and Knock Road between June and September 2017. During this time temporary lane closures will be required for safety reasons and two-way traffic will be maintained at all times on these arterial routes (with a minimum of one lane in each direction). However traffic delays are expected and motorists may wish to consider an alternative route where possible.

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 and our contractor Dawson WAM would like to thank the public for their patience and cooperation as we commence this essential improvement work. We anticipate that the overall programme of work will be completed in Spring 2018.

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

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