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Roadworks to be halted in Belfast for Christmas shoppers

Roadworks in Belfast are to be halted from November 28 to ease congestion during the Christmas shopping period

ROADWORKS on key routes into Belfast city centre will again be suspended at the end of November as part of attempts to boost Christmas trade.

Translink has also announced that Ulsterbus and Goldline customers in Belfast will receive a day return ticket for the price of a single on all routes after 9.30am from now until New Year's Eve.

The roadworks embargo, which has been in place for more than a decade, will run from November 28 until January 3.

Infrastructure minister Chris Hazzard said: "As towns and cities across the north prepare for the busy Christmas period, I am keen to do what I can to support local businesses and provide shoppers with a range of public transport options that meet their needs, while keeping the traffic moving.

"The roadworks embargo has been ongoing for number of years and I am grateful to all the utilities involved for their continued support with this highly successful initiative."

Last year, 1,500 free car parking spaces were also made available by Belfast City Council.

But councillors voted against the offering this year after claims from Translink that it caused congestion.

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