Lurgan Road to Huntly Road Link, Banbridge

 

Status
Construction scheme (proposed)
Where
To construct a link road connecting Lurgan Road and Huntly Road in Banbridge.
Total Length
0.5 km / 0.3 miles
Dates

Oct 2013 - Included in adopted Banbridge, Newry and Mourne Area Plan
No plans to construct in near future - as of Aug 2014

Cost
Łunknown - I estimate roughly Ł3m based on similar schemes.
Photos / Maps
See below.
See Also

General area map - Google Maps

Banbridge is a busy town, and much of the traffic in the town tends to focus on Church Square, a junction where the two busiest routes into the town - Church Street and Dromore Street - meet. Much of the this traffic is intending to travel south towards the town centre which means that Church Square and Bridge Street, ie across the Bann Bridge (where the town gets its name) is a bottleneck. This road proposal is designed to create a bypass of Church Square for traffic entering Banbridge from Church Street. This would relieve Church Square by reducing traffic levels there. The route proposed is mostly that of the former railway line, and it will require a new bridge over the Bann. The map below shows the proposed route:


View Lurgan Road to Huntley Road Link, Banbridge in a larger map

The route proposed is largely free of development, but it would seem to require the demolition of, or encroachment upon, a number of commercial properties on Huntly Road, most notably the Ulsterbus depot which is directly in the path of the proposed road. It would also be an expensive scheme, mainly because of the need for a large bridge, but also because of the need to acquire land. The proposal has the reference number BE59 in the 2013 Banbridge, Newry and Mourne Area Plan.

Updates

24 Aug 2014: This road scheme is not developer-led, meaning that a government source would need to fund it. Although it is included in the Banbridge, Newry and Mourne Area Plan of 2013, it is not included in the 2007 Sub-Regional Transportation Plan, suggesting that the scheme is not on the radar of TransportNI (the new name for Roads Service). For this reason, and because of its relatively high cost, I think it is very unlikely to be built in the foreseeable future. However, keeping the route corridor free of development makes sense in case it becomes a higher priority in the future.