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23 May 2019 13:46

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, Joy Street and sections of the lower Ormeau Road.

Cromac Street

Works are progressing well, and we would like to inform you of a section of work which we will be undertaking in the Cromac Street area this Sunday 26th May 2019.

This will involve the installation of a new Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) chamber, close to the junction of Cromac Street and East Bridge Street. It will be necessary to utilise a heavy crane to lift large precast concrete manhole sections into place during this operation. This method of construction will reduce construction time, and minimise disruption as far as possible. In order to undertake this work safely, in this extremely busy area, it is necessary to close Cromac Street to country bound traffic from the junction with East Bridge Street from 3pm until Midnight. During this time, all East Bridge Street traffic heading towards Ormeau direction will be diverted on to Victoria Street.

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 continue to do everything that we can to keep all disruption to a minimum, for the remainder of the works.


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

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