A1 grade separation - Hillsborough Road, Dromore
Construction scheme (completed)
New underpass beneath the A1 at Dromore to grade separate the junction.
Total Length
0.4 km / 0.25 miles of link roads

Work began 19 July 2004

Opened 28 June 2005

£3.4m (source)
Photos / Map
None as yet - please contact me if you have any to contribute.
See Also

Area map - Google Maps.

A1 on this site (includes map)

The A1 runs from the M1 at Lisburn to the border at Newry and forms part of the main Belfast to Dublin road. Between the two ends of the A1 it passes three other towns - Hillsborough, Dromore and Banbridge. With the exception of the roundabout at the north end of Hillsborough all of these were built as ordinary T-junctions where vehicles have to cross the central reservation.

Due to the number of vehicles on this busy road (25,000 per day in 2005) and the high accident rate, the government adopted a plan to grade separate all the major junctions on the route. Two were planned initially - this one and the Rathfriland Road in Banbridge. Four more were completed by 2011, and (as of July 2012) a further four are planned. This one is what the Roads Service term a "compact grade separated junction" – it does not have full length sliproads and the curves are quite tight

The scheme saw the road dug up in stages to install a new underpass and then the laying of a new link road beneath the A1 and with links to each carriageway of the A1. The opportunity was also taken to resurface a mile of the A1. The scheme was originally proposed in the late 1990s but was delayed for years because of land acquisition problems and the need for a public inquiry.