Motorists warned of G8 disruption

Motorists can expect traffic delays in some parts of Belfast on Saturday
Motorists can expect traffic delays in some parts of Belfast on Saturday

Anyone with medical appointments or flights to catch in Antrim around that time of the G8 summit is being advised to leave extra time for their journey.

The security presence in Antrim, Crumlin, Templepatrick, Killead or Aldergrove, which will gradually be increased between now and the summit in two week’s time, could mean delays for motorists, police have warned.

Senior officers responsible for the security of the area around Belfast International Airport are especially keen to advise of potential delays for those planning to travel in or through the areas between June 14 and 19.

D District Commander Chief Superintendent Henry Irvine, the officer in charge of the security operation, said it is essential these areas are kept secure.

“As a number of the G8 world leaders and their delegations will enter Northern Ireland via Aldergrove and Belfast International Airport, it is essential that these sites along with the surrounding routes and land are kept secure,” he said.

Motorists can expect vehicle security checkpoints, searches and other security measures as police aim to ensure the event runs smoothly.

Chief Superintendent Irvine said he hopes disruption can be kept to a minimum.

“We are also aware that previous G8 Summits have attracted protestors and we would assure people that the potential for this has been factored into police planning. Everyone has the right to peacefully protest and police will endeavour to facilitate that right where possible providing protestors remain within the law.

“Every effort is being made to ensure that our security operation is effective but that life can continue as normal throughout. We have been working hard with our partners in education, health, business and others to achieve this and with the cooperation of the public we are confident that we can.”

For more information police have set up a PSNIG8 Facebook page and @PSNIG8 Twitter account.