Work commences on £700,000 road improvement scheme at A24 Saintfield Road, Belfast

Date published: 04 July 2019

A £700,000 road improvement scheme is due to commence on the A24 Saintfield Road on Monday 15 July.

Saintfield Road Bridge
Saintfield Road Bridge

The scheme will provide right turn pockets for vehicles turning into Myrtledene Road and Glenhugh Park, provision of a Puffin crossing to replace the existing footbridge and a retaining wall at the back of the new footway along Beechill Avenue.

Once completed the work will improve safety for road users and pedestrians using this busy route.

To facilitate construction and ensure the safety of workers and road users, lane closures with a 30mph speed limit will be in operation for the duration of the works with at least one lane in both directions maintained.

A full road closure will, however, be required at times to ensure safe removal of the footbridge and for the final resurfacing work. The public will be advised of road closures in advance and diversionary routes will be clearly signed.

While the work has been carefully programmed in order to minimise disruption, some localised delays will be inevitable and road users are asked to allow extra time for their journeys. The Department apologises in advance for any inconvenience that the works may cause and thanks the public and local residents for their patience while this work is carried out.

Subject to favourable weather conditions the scheme is expected to be completed by September.

Updates and further information will be made available on

Notes to editors: 

  1. Throughout the period when the footbridge is removed and the new Puffin crossing is provided, pedestrians will be directed to use the existing signal controlled crossings at Lenaghan Avenue and Beechill Road.
  2. All media queries should be directed to the Department for Infrastructure Press Office on 028 9054 0007 or email: Out of hours please contact the duty press officer on 028 9037 8110.
  3. The Department may take photographs and videos at announcements and events to publicise its work. Photographs, interviews, videos or other recordings may be issued to media organisations for publicity purposes or used in promotional material, including in publications, newspapers, magazines, other print media, on television, radio and electronic media (including social media and the internet). Photographs and videos will also be stored on the Department’s internal records management system. The Department will keep the photographs and recordings for no longer than is necessary for the purposes for which they have been obtained. The Department’s Privacy Policy is available on our website.
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