New one-way system for Londonderry city centre

A new one-way system is to be introduced in Londonderry city centre next month.

Wednesday, 24th March 2021, 7:30 am
Updated Wednesday, 24th March 2021, 7:34 am
Shipquay Gate in Lononderry city centre.
Shipquay Gate in Lononderry city centre.

The new one-way traffic system will run from Carlisle Road through Ferryquay Gate into the Diamond.

Restirctions on road traffic are to be introduced at Ferryquay Gate to allow for the creation of a new footway under the City Walls.

There will also be changes made to parking provision in the Diamond and Bishop Street to allow for opportunities for outdoor trading for cafes and restaurants.

The changes were announced by Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon and the scheme has been agreed with Derry City and Strabane District Council.

“The Covid pandemic has brought many changes to how we conduct our daily lives and as we move towards a recovery phase I want to play my part in the transformation that our society deserves,” the minister said.

“his means creating a greener, cleaner more sustainable environment with less reliance on motor vehicles and a renewed focus on those who wish to walk, wheel and cycle. Once completed these measures will transform the Derry cityscape, providing safe spaces for all who work and live there to meet, shop and travel.

“I am also committed to working with other local councils, stakeholders and local people so that we can shape our future together and deliver similar changes across our villages, towns and cities.”

Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Cllr Brian Tierney, welcomed the introduction of the new measures saying he hoped they would facilitate the reopening of businesses once restrictions were lifted and help encourage the public back into the city centre to socialise and shop in a safe environment.

He added: “These temporary interventions will redesign this important urban space and create a more attractive and accessible town centre that will help restore customer confidence and drive footfall so we can rebuild our business, retail, tourism and hospitality sectors as they prepare to reopen.”

The temporary prohibition of turning movements in Ferryquay Street and Carlisle Road is for a period of 18 months and with the Carlisle Road, Ferryquay Street and Diamond elements scheduled to become effective in April 2021. This will reduce the traffic in the busy city centre.