Completed New Road Schemes

This is divided into three sections, giving details of schemes completed:

Details of motorway construction are dealt with separately. See here.

Road schemes completed since January 2000

This list gives all new road schemes completed in Northern Ireland since January 2000. It does not list every minor road improvement, but rather schemes where an entirely new road was built, or where a major change was made to an existing road or junction. To help you find schemes in your area a indicates Greater Belfast and Lisburn, a for counties Armagh & Down, a for counties Tyrone & Fermanagh and a for counties Londonderry & Antrim.

  Opened / Completed*
Ballymena: St Patrick's Barracks Link Road
June 2023
A6 dualling - Dungiven to Londonderry April 2023
B56 Ballyclare Western Relief Road
January 2023
Lagan Gateway Footbridge, Belfast (Lagan Towpath to Annadale Embankment)
September 2021
A6 dualling - M22 to Castledawson
May 2021
M1 hard shoulder bus lane j8 to j7 August 2020
Strathroy Link Road, Omagh
November 2019
Mullinure Link Road, Armagh
November 2019
M1 and M2 hard shoulder bus lanes
March 2019
Belfast Rapid Transit Phase 1 (Glider)
September 2018
A23 / B178 junction realignment, Moneyreagh
June 2018
Connswater Community Greenway, Belfast (external link) September 2017
A26 dualling Glarryford to A44 Drones Road June 2017
A99 Millennium Way Phase 2, Lurgan  May 2017
M1 Lisburn Service Area (eastbound) February 2017
A24 roundabout at The Temple Crossroads January 2017
A31 Magherafelt Bypass
October 2016
M1 Lisburn Service Area (westbound)
March 2016
A2 Shore Road at Greenisland - widening September 2015
M2 J5 upgrade and Ballymartin Park-and-Ride September 2015
A8 dualling - Coleman's Corner to Larne May 2015
M2 Templepatrick Service Area (northbound) April 2015
Gospel Lane Link Road, Banbridge December 2014
A29 Coleraine Ring Road widening - Lodge Road to Ballycastle Road December 2014
A3 Northway widening Portadown - Seagoe to Kernan Loop October 2014
Omagh Hospital Link Road (Cranny Road)
February 2014
Larne West Distributor Road (North), Larne
December 2013
Sustainable Transport Enabling Measures (STEM), Belfast October 2013
A32 Cherrymount Link, Enniskillen June 2013
A32 realignment, Shannaragh (near Dromore) February 2013
A32 widening, Drumskinny (near Dromore) March 2012
A515 Madam's Bank Road widening, Londonderry March 2012
A515/A2 Culmore Road Roundabout upgrade, Derry August 2011
Streets Ahead Enabling Measures Phase 1, Belfast
August 2011
Peace Bridge, Londonderry (foot and cycle bridge) June 2011 
A2 dualling Maydown to City of Derry Airport February 2011
A4 dualling - Dungannon to Ballygawley December 2010
A26 Ballee Road East to M2 direct link, Ballymena October 2010
A29 realignment, Carland, near Dungannon September 2010
A1 dualling - Beech Hill to Cloghogue (Newry Bypass) July 2010
A4 / A5 realignments Annaghilla and Tullyvar March 2010
A1 grade separated junction - Banbridge Road, Dromore February 2010
A1 grade separated junction - Dublin Road, Loughbrickland December 2009
A1 grade separated junction - Dromore Road, Hillsborough September 2009
A20 Newtownards Southern Relief Road September 2009
Dargan Road widening, Belfast September 2009
A1 grade separated junction - Dromore Road, Banbridge September 2009
A32 realignment, Mullaghbane (near Dromore) Mid 2009
M2 widening - Sandyknowes to Greencastle June 2009
M1 and A12 Westlink Upgrade, Belfast March 2009
Tullygarley Bridge widening, Ballymena February 2009
A4 Sligo Road widening, Enniskillen December 2008
A20 Frederick Street Link, Newtownards November 2008
A515 Skeoge Link, Londonderry March 2008
A514 Crescent Link dualling phase 3, Londonderry November 2007
A1 Cloghogue, Newry to Dundalk (RoI) link road August 2007
M2 onslips at Crosskennan (junction 7) June 2007
A48 Six Road Ends junction upgrade, near Bangor April 2007
A1 grade separation - Cascum Road, Banbridge February 2007
A26 Ballymena Road dualling, Antrim - Phase 2 Late 2006
Road layout changes, Cathedral Quarter, Belfast December 2006
A1 dualling - Loughbrickland to Beech Hill November 2006
A514 Crescent Link dualling phase 2, Londonderry November 2006
A5 Omagh Throughpass Stage 3 October 2006
A55 Outer Ring at Belvoir - junction restructuring June 2006
N15 Ballyshannon and Bundoran Bypass, County Donegal
April 2006
A26 Ballinaloob South climbing lane
March 2006
A513 North Lisburn Feeder Road March 2006
A1 grade separation - Hillsborough Road, Dromore June 2005
A26 Kilraughts Road roundabout, Ballymoney
April 2005
B58 Ballynure Southern Link Road March 2005
A4 Eglish Road roundabout, near Dungannon
September 2004
M1 widening Black's Road (j3) to Stockman's Lane (j2) August 2004
A26 Ballymena Road dualling, Antrim - Phase 1
Summer 2004
A8 dualling - Doagh Road to Coleman's Corner July 2004
A6 Toome Bypass March 2004
A1 grade separation - Rathfriland Road, Banbridge March 2004
A514 Crescent Link dualling phase 1, Londonderry March 2004
A8 Millbrook and Antiville roundabouts, Larne December 2003
M1 junction 8, Blaris, and A101 link road October 2003
A21 Comber Bypass Stage 2 October 2003
A5 Strabane Bypass Phase 2 September 2003
A2 Limavady Bypass September 2003
Northcott link road (Jubilee Way), Glengormley August 2003
Mayfield Link Road, Newtownabbey (part) February 2003
A2 Sydenham Bypass - City Airport underpass February 2003
A99 Millennium Way Phase 1, Lurgan December 2002
A5 Newtownstewart Bypass December 2002
A55 Outer Ring widening at King's Road, Belfast 2001
A2 Shore Road widening Greencastle, Newtownabbey 2001
A26 dualling Phase 3 (Woodgreen to Ballymena) June 2001
A23 Ballygowan Road / Manse Road gyratory, Belfast March 2001
A32 Dromore Inner Link Road September 2000
*This is usually given as the date that the scheme is opened from the point of view of motorists, rather than the "official" completion which can sometimes come several months later. The individual page for the scheme will make it clear what the date refers to.

Road schemes completed 1973-2000

This is a list initially derived from the booklet "A History of Roads Service 1973 to 2006" and from the 1987 Review of Transportation, and subsequently enhanced with new information from various sources. I will not be providing any more details on these schemes (although the current roads section of the site gives more details on motorway construction), but they are included here for completeness. 1973 is when Roads Service was formed. Prior to this date, many different bodies were responsible for roads.

1999 A26 dualling Wattstown, Coleraine
1999 A26 dualling Antrim to Ballymena Phase 2 (of 3)
M3 Middlepath Street to Sydenham Bypass
A42 Ballymena Northern Distributor (Parkway)
A1 northbound sliproads to/from B2 Lurgan Road, Dromore
1997 (Jul)
Saul Way, Downpatrick
1996 A5 Omagh Throughpass Stage 2B
M3 to Middlepath Street (from M2 including Lagan Bridge)
1995 B69 Swanns Bridge replacement, near Limavady
1995 A5 Omagh Throughpass Stage 2A
1995 A1 Newry Bypass Phase 2 (Armagh Road to Dublin Road)
1994 B58 New Line, Carrickfergus (1.3km of new road running NW from B90)
1994 A26 Killead Bypass, Aldergrove
M2 j7 added (Crosskennan)
1992 (circa) A2 Waterside Link, Londonderry**
A6 Castledawson Bypass (13 April)
1992 A1 dualling at Mullan's Corner (just south of Dromore)
1992 A512 Dunmurry Bypass Phase 2D (Creighton Road)
1992 A5 Strabane Bypass Stage 1
1991 Mills Road, Bangor (link from High Street to Hamilton Road) & one-way system
M12 west facing sliproads to/from M1 added
1991 A512 Dunmurry Bypass Phase 2C (Old Golf Course Road)
1991 A4 New East Bridge, Enniskillen
1990 A5 Omagh Throughpass Stage 1
1990 (circa) A55 Outer Ring, Belfast - Castlereagh Road roundabout removal
1989 A3 Lisburn Throughpass (Thiepval Road?) ***
1989 A26 dualling Antrim to Ballymena Phase 1 (of 3)
1989 A1 Banbridge Bypass dualling
1988 A3 Laganbank Road, Lisburn
1988 A2 Tillysburn roundabout replacement, Belfast (signalised junction)
1988 M1 junction 3 added (Black's Road)
1988 A512 Dunmurry Bypass Phase 2A
1988 A1 Newry Bypass Phase 1 (Belfast Road to Armagh Road)
1987 A3 Lisburn Throughpass Queens Road/Laganbank Road
1986 Inner Ring Road, Belfast - College Avenue
1986 A4 Enniskillen Throughpass
1986 A2 Belfast Road widening, Carrickfergus
1984 A55 Outer Ring Belfast: Hawthornden Way
1984 A515 Foyle Bridge, Derry
1984 A512 Dunmurry Bypass Phase 1
1984 A1 dualling at Tinker Hill (just north of Newry)
M2 extension from Whitla Street to York Street
1983 A12 Westlink Grosvenor Road to York Street
1982 A1 Queen's Road, Lisburn
1982 A4 Castle Bridge, Enniskillen (west bridge)
1981 B66 Agivey Bridge replacement, near Ballymoney (river Bann)
1981 A6 Antrim Throughpass Phase 2
1981 A55 Outer Ring Belfast: Parkway
1981 A12 Westlink Broadway to Grosvenor Road
1981 (circa) Dargan Road, Belfast harbour estate
1980 A515 Madam's Bank Road (Culmore Road to Racecourse Road), L'Derry
1980 Inner Ring Road, Belfast - Dunbar Link
M5 (Greencastle to Rushpark)
1980 A2 Shore Road Hazelbank to Station Road, Whiteabbey
1980 A4 Dungannon Bypass
1980 A4 Ballygawley to Annaghilla
1980 A21 Bangor Road, Newtownards
1979 A2 Foyle Embankment, Londonderry
1979 A6 Antrim Throughpass Phase 1
1979 A1 Banbridge Bypass single-carriageway
1979* A26 Ballymoney Bypass
1978 A55 Outer Ring Belfast: Monagh Bypass
1978 A519 Prince William Road, and Knockmore Road, Lisburn
1978 A1 Lisburn Road, Belfast: flyover at Stockman's Lane junction
1978 A20 Dundonald to Newtownards
1978 A1 Loughbrickland Bypass
1977 A8 to Larne Harbour
1977 A55 Outer Ring Belfast: Milltown to Malone Road incl. new Shaw's Bridge
1977 A1 dualling from Banbridge half way to Dromore
1976 A3 Governor's Road, Lisburn
A6 reconstruction at Carn (between Dungiven and Glenshane)
1975* A29 Coleraine Ring Road
M2 j4 to j5 (Sandyknowes to Templepatrick)
1975 A21 Conlig Bypass
1974 A32 Dromore Road, Omagh
1974 (Dec) A29 Sandelford Bridge, Coleraine
1974 (Jun) Lecky Road flyover, Londonderry (source)
1974 A2 Newry to Warrenpoint
1974 A1 Hillsborough Bypass
1973 A1 dualling at Ballymacormick (just north of Dromore)
1973 A1 dualling at McKee's Dam (just south of Hillsborough)
1973* A514 Crescent Link, Derry single-carriageway
M2 j1A to 2 (Whitla Street to Greencastle)
1973 M22 j2-3 Ballygrooby to Artresnahan
*Denotes schemes where I have changed the date that appeared in "A History of Roads Service" because I have other information that suggests the date in that book is wrong.
**Appears as "under construction" on an OSNI map dated 1992, and completed on a 1995 OSNI map.
***Listed as "Governor's Road" in "A History of Roads Service". However, Governor's Road appears twice - as 1989 and 1976. Since it appears on a 1983 OS map this cannot refer to Governor's Road. It MAY refer therefore to Thiepval Road as this is the only element of the scheme not otherwise listed in "A History of Roads Service".

Some schemes completed before 1973

Unless otherwise stated, this is a list derived from the booklet "The History of Ulster's Roads", by T Jackson McCormick, and published in 1991. This is NOT AN EXHAUSTIVE LIST, but merely examples of schemes that were completed prior to the establishment of Roads Service in 1973.

1972 A26 dualling Ballymena to Glarryford [13]
1972 A1 Dromore Bypass [9]
1972 A1 short dual stretch near Glen View, north of Newry
1972 A2 Holywood Bypass [2]
"By" 1972 Shantallow Eastern Distributor (Glengalliagh Road), Londonderry [12]
1971 Duke Street dualling, Londonderry [4]
<=1971 A1 dualling half way between Dromore and Hillsborough [8]
1970-72 A6 Glenshane Pass to Castledawson
1968 A2 Clooney Road dualling Caw to Maydown, Derry [10]
1968 A6 Drumahoe Bypass, Derry [10]
1967 A6 Glenshane Pass reconstruction
1967/68 A55 Outer Ring, Belfast: Saintfield Road to Milltown Road [11]
1966 (Formerly A5) Sedan Avenue and Drumragh Avenue, Omagh [14]
1966 A3 Lake Road / A27 Mandeville Road, Craigavon
1966 Queen Elizabeth II Bridge, Belfast and Middlepath Street/Bridge End gyratory
1965-66 A8 dualling near Millbrook, Larne [5]
1964-69 A2 Bangor Ring Road (opened in phases) [1]
1965 Lower deck of Craigavon Bridge, Londonderry converted to road [4]
1964 A2 Marine Highway, Carrickfergus [3]
1963, 64 or 65 A2 at Trooperslane (Carrickfergus to Greenisland) [3]
1959 A2 Sydenham Bypass, Belfast
1959 A55 Knockbreda Road (Outer Ring) Saintfield Road to Knock [7]
1933 Craigavon Bridge, Londonderry
1832-1842 A2 Antrim Coast Road

[1] Sources Patrick Shiels and Andrew Muir

[2] Source Patrick Shiels

[3] Source Andrew McKeever

[4] Source "Urban Roads", TA Warnock, CIHT Silver Jubilee Booklet, 1989
[5] Source Roads Service Millbrook roundabout scheme, 2003
[6] Source date on bridge on A1 Dromore Bypass
[7] Source "Cregagh", Aidan Campbell, 2011, ISBN 978-0-9558152-4-9
[8] Source OSNI map from 1971
[9] "A History of Roads Service", Roads Service, 2006
[10] A6 Londonderry-Dungiven Dualling Scheme Departmental Statement, June 2012
[11] Photo in Belfast Urban Area Plan 1969 shows it under construction, pic dated April 1967
[12] Source
[13] Inferred from a construction date of 1972 given for Crankill Bridge at Glarryford given in A26 Glarryford to A44 Drones Road dualling scheme, "Stage 1 Scheme Assessment Report October 2007"
[14] Stated in "Omagh Throughpass Stage 1" commemorative booklet, DoE, 1990