Northway-Eastway Link, Craigavon


Construction scheme (proposed)
To construct a link road between the end of the A3 Northway and Eastway near Lurgan.
Total Length
2.0 km / 1.3 miles (assuming it starts on Northway itself)

1965 - Craigavon New City established

1967 - Detailed plans include a proposal similar to this one
2004 - Road protection corridor included in Craigavon Area Plan 2010

No plans to proceed as of 2014

See below.
See Also

General area map - Google Maps

When Craigavon was being designed back in the late 1960s, the original plan was that a dual-carriageway - Northway - would run the full length of the city, from roughly the A76 Lough Road in Lurgan all the way through Brownlow and Portadown to the west side of the latter. This scheme exists purely as a "land protection corridor" in the Craigavon Area Plan 2010, which was adopted in 2004. It preserves a corridor for the extension of Northway from its current terminus at Craigavon Centre to Eastway, which is itself a partially built remnant of a much grander plan for a road that would have run north-south between Lurgan and Brownlow. The route follows the railway line between the two balancing lakes, ie the route of the originally planned Northway, and is shown in red in this map:

The weird loop at the right is how the road protection corridor is shown in the Craigavon Area Plan 2010. However, this probably doesn't mean the road would actually have a big loop like that. More likely it merely encircles the land that could be required to keep various options open for provision of a terminating roundabout. Also, at the western end, the land protection corridor starts at Lakeview Road, rather than Northway. I am not sure if this is the actual intention, or merely an inaccuracy in the map in the Craigavon Area Plan 2010, since the text of the plan explicity calls it the "Northway to Eastway Link". Therefore, I have shown in green a section of road that would be needed to make this a proper link to Northway.

At the time of writing (2014) I think it is highly unlikely that we will see this scheme implemented in the foreseeable future, as it would require a significant injection of government funds, and it would be hard to justify as it it would basically mirror the existing A3 Lake Road just to the south. The whole area would need to be much more developed before this road would be necessary.

As it is only a "land protection corridor", it is not a live road proposal so there is not currently any plan to build it. Instead, it exists simply to keep the option open for future generations. As the plan puts it, this scheme is "...not yet programmed for implementation, however, the Department considers that [its route] should be protected in the interests of longer term strategic planning". A "land protection corridor" makes sure that the planning authorities do not give planning permission for anything that would prevent the road being built at a future date.