Statement from Department for Infrastructure regarding industrial action

Date published: 25 April 2023

Public services delivered by Department for Infrastructure staff may be impacted by industrial action on Wednesday 26 April.

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As far as possible contingency arrangements have been developed,  but the public are advised to expect disruption to many services as well as prioritisation of assistance to those incidents with most impact to life and property including:    

  • Strangford Ferry will not operate;
  • Repair of serious infrastructure defects such as manhole collapse or potholes and the response and clear-up operation when there are incidents on the road such as oil spills or unexpected debris;
  • Significant reduction in our capacity to respond to flood emergencies should they occur;
  • Significant delays in responding to calls to the flood incident line;
  • Drainage infrastructure clearing and cleansing.
  • DVA Test Centres are expected to open, but services may be affected. Customers with booked appointments should attend as scheduled, unless directly notified by the DVA NOT to attend. 

Notes to editors: 

  1. Members of the public should continue to report defects on the road network using NI Direct:  Problems with roads and streets | nidirect
  2. In the event of flooding the public should continue to report a flooding on 0300 2000 1000
  3. All media queries should be directed to the Department for Infrastructure Press Office at:
  4. Follow the Department on Twitter @deptinfra and on Facebook @DepartmentforInfrastructure and on LinkedIn at Department for Infrastructure
  5. The Executive Information Service operates an out of hours service for media enquiries only between 1800hrs and 0800hrs Monday to Friday and at weekends and public holidays. The duty press officer can be contacted on 028 9037 8110.

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