Tall Ships: Traffic and travel for Sunday

General views at Queen's Quay at Belfast Harbour for the 2015 Belfast Tall Ships Race organised by Sail Training Internationa
General views at Queen's Quay at Belfast Harbour for the 2015 Belfast Tall Ships Race organised by Sail Training Internationa

Police are advising that the Tall Ships Parade, the finale to the Tall Ships festival, is likely to draw record crowds both at Belfast Docks and along the Antrim and North Down shorelines.

Inspector Stephen Burns said: “With more than three hundred thousand people expected to line the two coasts, there will undoubtedly be challenges for the police to manage traffic in these areas. We are working with our colleagues in the other emergency services and our partner agencies to minimise disruption and keep everybody safe.”

“Traffic disruption is expected along the A2 corridor between Holywood Exchange to Groomsport and on the Antrim Coast Road from the Shore Road, Newtownabbey, as far as Portrush.”

Insp Burns said it is vital that people do not obstruct residents or the emergency services and cars parked illegally will be towed at the owner’s expense.

He appealed for members of the public to give thought to their travel arrangements.

“Use public transport wherever possible,” he added. “If you have to use your own car, allow extra time for your journey and be patient when facing inevitable traffic congestion along the route.”

“We would also appeal to the public to exercise caution when approaching the water’s edge. Do not take unseaworthy vessels into the water.”

For information on public transport and other event information, go to www.tallshipsbelfast.com or www.translink.co.uk/tallships/