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Ormeau Avenue - Sewer Upgrade Project Progressing Well

10 August 2018 10:00

Work continues on this major £5 million project to improve the sewerage infrastructure in the Ormeau area, which includes work around Ormeau Avenue, Dublin Road, Bruce Street, Sandy Row and sections of the lower Ormeau Road.

Work on the major Infrastructure Project is progressing well, with all of the underground tunnelling works below Great Victoria Street and Dublin Road now complete.

Work is currently ongoing at the following locations:

Bankmore Street – Sewer laying continuing with a lane closure in operation.

Bankmore Square – Sewer laying continuing within the secured area, with access maintained to all businesses.

Dublin Road –Sewer laying works ongoing with a lane closure in place on the inside lane between Bruce Street and Bedford Street/Ormeau Avenue for a further 3 weeks.

Ormeau Avenue – we anticipate a major connection to the Blackstaff Culvert will be undertaken within the next week, this will involve night time work around the bottom of Adelaide Street due to the location, and the management of flows.

Hardcastle Street –Sewer laying works will commence Monday 13th August 2018. A road closure will be in place on Hardcastle Street between Bankmore Street and the NCP Car Park entrance on Hardcastle Street for approx. 8 weeks. Dublin Road Multi Storey car park will remain open during this time with access via Marcus Ward Street.

Alfred Street –Sewer laying works will commence on Monday 13th August 2018. A lane closure will be in place between Ormeau Avenue and Clarence Street for approximately 8 weeks with parking bays suspended within the working area. The cycle lane on Alfred Street will be closed during this time, with cyclists diverted onto Adelaide Street via Clarence Street. Parking bays will also be suspended along Adelaide Street to facilitate the temporary cycle lane.

All appropriate signage and diversion routes will be in place as appropriate during these works.

We will continue to endeavour to keep the public updated with timescale for completion of each section of the project. However, as with any large and complex capital project, adjustments to timeframes are to be expected.

When complete, this investment will significantly reduce the risk of out of sewer flooding in this area of Belfast during periods of heavy rainfall. Environmental pollution will also be reduced, and the water quality in the Blackstaff Culvert and River Lagan will be enhanced.

NI Water would like to thank the public for their ongoing patience and cooperation during the completion of this essential improvement work. We assure you that we will do everything that we can to keep all future disruption to a minimum.


For further information, please contact NI Water’s Press Office on 02890 354710 or email

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