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Belfast Metropolitan Area Plan 2015
District Proposals: Metropolitan Newtownabbey Transportation (Page 1 of 3)

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Metropolitan Newtownabbey occupies a strategic position on the BMA’s transport network with the major road and rail links forming part of the Eastern Seaboard and the Belfast – Londonderry corridors. While the Borough is provided for by public transport, most day to day journeys are undertaken by private car via either the M2 and M5 motorway’s or the A2 two lane carriageway (Shore Road). The M2 in particular is heavily congested at peak times especially at the junction of the M2 and A8 at Sandyknowes. Congestion on the strategic routes has also contributed to high levels of traffic on many of the non strategic routes within the Borough.
Transport infrastructure has recently improved with the reopening of the Bleach Green rail link between Belfast and the north west and the Belfast to Carrickfergus route serving the Whiteabbey and Jordanstown areas.

Strategic Road Proposals

Proposal MNY 22 Strategic Road Scheme M2 Widening
The following Strategic Road Scheme is identified on Map No. 2a - Metropolitan Newtownabbey:-
  • M2 Widening - southbound between Sandyknowes and Greencastle with improvements to Sandyknowes junction.
This strategic road scheme involves widening of the M2 southbound from Sandyknowles junction, increasing the current 2 lane motorway on the southbound carriageway to 3 lanes as far as Greencastle where the M2 meets the M5. It also involves widening the motorway to 3 lanes on the northbound section of the M2 over the Greencastle flyover. This will reduce congestion on this route at peak times.
Proposal MNY 23 Strategic Road Scheme (Revised) A2 to Carrickfergus
The following Strategic Road Scheme is identified on Map No. 2a - Metropolitan Newtownabbey
  • A2 to Carrickfergus - Widening of the A2 between Jordanstown and the Newtownabbey Borough Council boundary on the Carrickfergus Transport
This strategic road scheme involves widening of the A2 at Greenisland between the University of Ulster, Jordanstown and Island Park, Greenisland from one lane in each direction to two lanes in each direction. The widening scheme will deliver significant economic and environmental benefits by relieving congestion and reducing the extent of slow moving traffic at peak times. The portion of works proposed as part of this scheme which fall within the Carrickfergus Borough Council Area are designated in the Carrickfergus District Proposals, Volume 4 (Ref GD 06).
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