Ards and Down Area Plan 2015
Down District: Downpatrick Transportation
Downpatrick is located on the A7 route linking Belfast, Saintfield, Crossgar and Downpatrick, part of the Regional Strategic Transport Network, (RSTN). The Regional Transportation Strategy, published in July 2002, sets out the budgets and types of transportation measures to be implemented including improvements to the RSTN. The main road network in Downpatrick converges on the Town Centre, at a complex junction of Market Street, Irish Street, Scotch Street, English Street and Church Street. In consequence, Market Street and Irish Street, in addition to their role as shopping areas, function as local distributors for traffic to and from residential and commercial areas, and as routes for through traffic.
A new bus terminal for Downpatrick was completed and opened in June 2005, which provides a range of enhanced facilities on the existing site at Market Street to meet the needs of bus passengers using services to and from Downpatrick.
Plan policies affecting the development of transportation in Downpatrick are set out in the Transportation Section in Volume 1 of the Plan (Policy TRAN 1 and TRAN 2). A Road Scheme to be provided in accordance with Policy TRAN 1 in Volume 1 is listed below, (Proposals DK 08 and DK 17). Road Schemes to be provided in accordance with Policy TRAN 2 are identified under the relevant land use proposals (DK 07, DK 11, DK 12 and DK 13).
The road lines are shown on Map No. 3/002a Downpatrick Settlement Map. although those sections between Saul Road and Struell Wells Road are indicative only. Concept Master Plans and indicative concept plans, which will accompany applications for development of these lands, will be required to include the proposed line of the relevant development road.
The following road proposal is identified in accordance with Policy TRAN 1 in Volume 1 of the Plan:
• Proposal DK 17 - Strangford Road – Saul Road Link
The Strangford Road – Saul Road Link includes the construction of the development road from Rathkeltair Road to Saul Road, the upgrading of the northern section of Rathkeltair Road between Strangford Road and the development road, and the up-grading of the Rathkeltair Road / Strangford Road junction. All road works are to be designed and implemented to the satisfaction of the Roads Service of the Department for Regional Development.
The road line has been identified to ensure maximum integration within the local and wider landscape. The exact line, which will be determined at detailed design stage to minimise the impact on existing residential properties, will be subject to a separate statutory process, including a detailed public consultation process.