So, junction 2 you might think? Keep up-to-date with all the very latest news, what's on, sport and everything else in Belfast and beyond with the Belfast Live app.
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All in all, it's a bit ridiculous having a separate all of its own. A start was made on the programme, which was then comprehensively binned when The Troubles escalated and the United Kingdom government dissolved the NI parliament in West of this junction is the River Lagan, metres wide at this point, and the M3 crosses it on an attractive concrete arch bridge made from pre-cast segments.
It's as if the Northern Ireland Ro Service bless their cotton socks are desperately trying to justify the M3 That's a bit daft, isn't it? However, this is where it gets silly - the exit to the A12 Westlink is ed as being M3!
There's something even sillier, though? You'd be wrong - it's junction 1A.
The government announced the plan to proceed inand work began on the Lagan Bridge section in The station at Middlepath Street could not be closed until the new link was opened, yet the M3 could not be built until the station, which was in the way, was demolished! Meanwhile, a collision on the M3 Bridge heading towards Sydenham By Pass has since been cleared but motorists are asked to approach the area with belfsat. Phase 2 of the M3, which doubled its length, proceeded next and connected the Lagan Bridge directly onto the Sydenham Bypass at Dee Street.
Doran Consulting subsequently organised the full scale load testing of the structure for serviceability performance criteria. Even more damning, its a straight extension of the M2 - you literally drive straight on between the two motorways, and if you're not paying attention you'd never notice that the had changed.
Junction 1A is shared with the M2, in that the south-facing slipro belong the M3, but the north-facing slips are part of the M2. At which point, straight ahead is, as you might expect, ed to the M2.
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Yes, absolutely. Well, if you're heading westbound over the bridge, you almost immediately come to the point where the M3 and M2 meet.
An influential transport study said that such a link was vital not only bepfast Belfast but to Northern Ireland as a whole. Contact me and I'll put them here! The M2 is towards the top.
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This may present an opportunity to extend the M3's motorway restrictions further along the M2. What's that?
This gives the bridge a total width of 37 metres. Take a look and see what else you recognise in the 10 minute clip.
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Of couse, this section was originally proposed to be part of the M3, and so despite the fact that in any sensible world the new section of motorway would be simply ed as an extension of the M2, the historical proposal seems to have taken precidence. The A2 officially becomes the M3 where the eastbound onslip s the motorway. Or awful Hollywood movies.
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The railways were the reason for the two-phase construction. Sounds really important, doesn't it? This second phase opened in May On Twitter, you can follow our by clicking here.
The distance between the slipro for junction 1 and junction 1A is metres, the shortest between any two motorway junctions in Northern Ireland. Prior to the opening of the cross-harbour link, the railway from the north terminated at York Road north Belfast, while belfaxt Bangor line terminated at Queen's Quay near Middlepath Street. The bridge itself is made up of two independent spans running parallel, one for each carriageway.