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Update on city centre restrictions

We have been advised that there will be a significant security operation in Belfast commencing on Easter Sunday (9 April) and lasting through to Wednesday (12 April). 

Whilst primarily focused in and around the Bedford Street area, other parts of the city will be affected as well. It is likely that a visit to Ulster University could take place.

There will be severe restrictions placed on parking and pedestrian access, and some businesses will be asked to close. The PSNI are working with those businesses at the moment.

This is a complex and fluid operation as final arrangements are made.

We will keep you updated on any developments or when further information becomes available.

(Last updated 6 April)

UPDATE: 10/04/2023 PM

With the U.S. Presidential visit this week, there will be disruption to both vehicular and pedestrian access in the city centre over the forthcoming days.

York Street, in particular around the Ulster University campus, will be closed to vehicles from 9pm on Monday 10 April. From the early hours on Wednesday 12 April, the closures on York Street will also impact upon pedestrians. Pedestrian and vehicular disruption is expected to last until 5pm on Wednesday 12, with possible knock-on delays.

Metro and Ulsterbus will be operating a holiday timetable on 10 and 11 April and NI Railways will operate a Saturday timetable.

We would ask you to factor this in when you and your staff are travelling to and from Belfast City Centre over the forthcoming days.

Bear in mind there are parades taking place across the city over the next few days as well.

UPDATE: 11/04/2023 AM

Due to the fluid nature of the situation information has been difficult to obtain. However, the Cathedral Quarter Business Improvement District (BID) has been speaking with PSNI and can confirm the following at present:

  • York Street is currently closed to both vehicles and pedestrians. It will remain closed until late on Wednesday afternoon, after the President’s departure;
  • Donegall Street will be closed to vehicular traffic from first thing on Wednesday morning. Pedestrian access remains open except where barriers are in place.
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