As Belfast continues to recover in the aftermath of the devastating fire at Primark, Bank Buildings, we are keen to express that the city centre is mostly open for business as normal.
The cordon around the affected area is expected to stay in place for about four months.
Due to the cordon area there is a knock on effect on Translink and access to the city centre. The image below illustrates the traffic management plan for the city centre whilst the cordon remains in place.
The following issues should be highlighted:
• To enable servicing to take place DfI are changing the direction of flow on Berry Street and allowing two-way flow in College Street and Fountain Street;
• With the closure of footways and roads adjacent to the Primark site pedestrian activity has increased on other city centre streets and haulage drivers should be extra vigilant of this when carrying out deliveries;
• Haulage companies should familiarise themselves with the temporary arrangements and ensure their choice of vehicle can safely manoeuvre along these suggested routes;
• The loading window will not change in the City Centre and will continue to be restricted from 6pm to 11am;
• Signage will be amended as soon as possible;
• It should be noted that these arrangements are temporary and may be subject to change if changes are made to the Primark safety cordon area. In any event, whenever the City Centre streets return to normal and are accessible to traffic these temporary arrangements will be removed.
For an update on the Translink changes to bus services and routes please visit the Translink website for the latest by clicking here.
A free city centre shuttle bus from Translink is also running daily between St George's Market, City Hall and Royal Avenue, with a stop in North Street. The service operates every 10 minutes on Monday to Saturdays and every 20 minutes on Sundays.
For more information and a timetable, visit the Translink Website.
Castlecourt are offering parking on Saturday and Sundays for £1 per hour in September. For more information visit CastleCourts website
BCCM also provide a list of car parking locations with opening hours and costs. This can be downloaded here
A single point of contact for businesses has been established.
Get in touch by calling Belfast City Council on 028 9027 0483 (available 8.30am - 5pm daily), email firstname.lastname@example.org
Yellow Dot Trail
Due to the road and path closures around Castle Place and Royal Avenue, your travel may be disrupted. This map shows you the streets that are accessible near The Bank Buildings site.
The pink zone marked on the map is currently closed to pedestrians and vehicles.
As Donegall Place and Royal Avenue are main entrance points to the city centre, more yellow dots will be added along this thoroughfare over the next few days. Map signage will also be placed at these entrance points.
Business offers and promotion
If you are running a promotion within your business or have offers you would like to tell visitors to the city about you can send them through to Visit Belfast for collation - email your offer to email@example.com
For further updates please check the following Belfast City Council link. Click here.
The remainder of the city centre is open for business as normal. Further updates will be available as and when we receive information.
Text message service and email updates
BCCM operate a text message alert system for businesses and also circulate information. If you would like to be included you can contact our offices on 028 90242 111.
Latest statement from the Lord Mayor: http://www.belfastcity.gov.uk/News/News-96320.aspx