Road closures and diversions in your area
Roads need to be closed occasionally for a variety of reasons, although the main reason is generally to avoid danger to the public or to those working on or adjacent to roads.
Winter service and emergency news
The following link to the Trafficwatch NI website will give you up-to-date information about road closures due to the current wintry weather.
Find out about road closures and diversions in your area
The following link will let you enter details of where you live and then take you to Roads Service website where you can find out more.
Closing a road
Roads Service manages the closure of public roads when it is necessary for road maintenance/improvement purposes or for works by utilities (BT, NIE, Phoenix Gas etc.).
Businesses or individuals may request a closure to allow them to carry out approved works in exceptional circumstances by making a formal application to their local Roads Service office. At least three weeks notice is required, unless it is an emergency situation where there is an immediate danger, as there is a legal and consultative process to go through.
The design, provision, maintenance and removal of all temporary barriers, diversionary signing and the like is the sole responsibility of the applicant. Costs associated with the closure application (including any advertising costs) may also be charged to the applicant.
Emergency road closures are also possible when there is an immediate danger to the public, such as road subsidence or dangerous buildings.
For more information about road closures and diversions, contact Roads Service using the attached link:
Other reasons for closing roads
Roads Service is not responsible for closing roads for certain types of events, including social or entertainment events, for filming on a road, and for most sporting events. Requests of this nature are generally dealt with by the police, with the support of the local Council and Roads Service. Arrangements are presently being made to transfer responsibility for these types of closures to the local District Council.
For routine closures, it is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that those who will be most affected by the closure are consulted at an early stage and appropriate access arrangements put in place.
Initial consultation will typically involve the use of letter-drops to properties directly facing the road in question (frontagers), meetings/discussions with the emergency services. Roads Service can offer advice on the level of consultation and extent of diversionary signage needed for individual cases. In some instances, signs giving advance notice of the closure may be required, and if the closure is expected to last for more than two weeks, Roads Service is required by law to place notices in appropriate newspapers. The applicant is responsible for ensuring that the site is properly signed and managed.