Ards and Down Area Plan 2015
Ards Borough: Comber Transportation
Comber experiences high levels of through traffic due to its location close to Belfast and Comber and its role as a commuter town. With the exception of vehicles using the Bypass linking Killinchy Road to Belfast Road, through traffic converges on The Square within the Town Centre.
The North Down and Ards Area Plan 1984-1995 retained two previous road proposals with the aim of removing extraneous traffic from the Town Centre. These were the extension of the Bypass from Killinchy Road to link with Newtownards Road, along the former railway line in the east of the town, and a link proposed from Ballygowan Road to the existing Bypass. Phase 2 of the Bypass connecting the Newtownards and Killinchy Roads along the route of the former railway line was completed in 2003.
A road scheme, to be provided in accordance with TRAN 1 in Volume 1 of the Plan, is listed below and shown on Map No 2/003a.
Access to the Town Centre is provided by public transport with a bus depot and terminus in Killinchy Street. In the longer term, the extension of the E-Way to Comber, now under consideration from Belfast-Dundonald, would enhance sustainable travel to and from the town.
The following road proposal is identified in
accordance with Policy TRAN 1 in Volume 1 of the Plan:
Proposal CR 12 Ballygowan Road Link
This road line continues to be protected as a means of permitting traffic on the Ballygowan Road to join the strategic road network (Comber By-pass) and to get to/from more strategic destinations. At present Ballygowan Road traffic has to either use Railway Street or Bridge Street, Newtownards Road and Killinchy Road in order to gain access to the Comber Bypass.
It has been protected for a considerable number of years and previous development has been designed to accommodate it. Some land has already been purchased and discussions on other planning applications have taken account of it.
It represents the last opportunity to connect the last remaining main route into Comber into the strategic road network.