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Ormeau Avenue Sewerage Improvement Scheme – Work in the Hope Street/Sandy Row Area

13 March 2019 14:20

Work is progressing well 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, Hope Street, and sections of the lower Ormeau Road.

Hope Street

Phase 1 - Sewer laying is currently ongoing on Hope Street, from the Holiday Inn Express entrance towards the junction with Sandy Row, this section is expected to take approximately 2 further weeks to complete. For safety reasons, a lane closure is in place along this section of the street during the works; however, two-way traffic is being maintained with a contraflow system in place. There is no left turn from Hope Street into Sandy Row during this time, and a diversion route is clearly signposted.

Phase 2 – Work is expected to commence around 25th March and will take approximately 3 weeks to complete. To facilitate this work, it will be necessary to have a one-way road closure in place on Hope Street. During this time, there will be no access to Hope Street from Great Victoria Street, and there will be no right turn from Sandy Row into Hope Street. However, one-way traffic will be maintained from Durham Street towards Great Victoria Street.

Working hours will be 7.30am to 6.00pm Monday to Saturday and diversion routes will be clearly signposted during this time. The Hotels and Car Parks on Hope Street will remain open for business as usual with access via the diversion route. Phase 3 works will follow immediately on completion of Phase 2, and further information will be provided prior to commencement.

Appropriate signage and traffic management will be in place at all times.

Other works continue on this project in the Dublin Road, Ormeau Avenue and Cromac Street areas.

Once 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 will continue to monitor the effectiveness of the ongoing traffic management arrangements and assure you that we will do everything we can to keep all disruption to a minimum.


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

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