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Sewer upgrade planned for Cregagh Road area to alleviate flooding

06 July 2023 14:20

NI Water will begin work on the Woodstock/Cregagh Road area in mid-July to upgrade the existing sewer network. This work to alleviate out-of-sewer flooding in the area is being undertaken as part of Living With Water in Belfast.

NI Water Project Manager, Neal Ruddock said: “To ensure this essential work can be carried out safely, a lane closure will be in place on the country bound lane of the Woodstock/Cregagh Road - between Ardgowan Street and Hillsborough Drive - from Sunday 16th July for approximately 6 weeks.

“To facilitate the required traffic management arrangements for the lane closure, the junctions at Ardgowan Street and Hillsborough Drive will also be closed. Temporary traffic lights will be in place to manage traffic flow during this time and signs will be in place to direct road users.

“Parking spaces on the Cregagh Road (outside Russell’s shop) and in the bus lane on the city bound side will be unavailable during the works. The pedestrian crossing at Hillsborough Drive (outside Subway) will be replaced with a temporary pedestrian crossing (outside Willowfield Funeral Home) and pedestrian access will be maintained at all times to business and residential properties in the area.

“A letter drop has been carried out to residents and businesses in the area to inform them of the planned works and associated traffic management arrangements. In a bid to reduce the impact of this work, the majority of the pipelaying will be undertaken during the summer months when the volume of traffic is usually reduced. To complete the work as quickly as possible, our appointed contractor, BSG Civil Engineering is scheduled to work extended hours, maximise resources and utilise trenchless techniques where possible.

“NI Water and our project team from BSG and AECOM would like to thank residents, businesses and the wider public for their patience and cooperation while we undertake this essential work to alleviate flooding in the area. We would take this opportunity to highlight that construction sites are dangerous areas for unauthorised persons, especially children and we would appreciate your co-operation in ensuring that children do not play in or around the site or machinery. Working areas will have warning signs in place to protect the public from any hazards. The public are advised to stay away from these working areas for their own safety.”


Notes to editor:

The project is part of Living With Water in Belfast - further information on which can be found at

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