A25 (Northern Ireland)
|Location Map ( geo)|
|Distance:||53.1 miles (85.5 km)|
|Meets:||A2, A22, A7, A24, A2, A50, A28, A27, A1, A29, R182|
|Route outline (key)|
The A25 is a long A-road in southern Northern Ireland.
It starts on the A2 in Strangford, where that road TOTSOs just to the south of the ferry terminal for Portaferry. The road heads west, skirting an inlet of Strangford Lough before running to the south of the lough's southern edge as far as Downpatrick. The road meets the A22 at a T-junction and then the signs show a useless multiplex south as far as the A7 where the A25 regains its number. The road then runs through the town centre, turning right at the second of two adjacent sets of traffic lights (the first leads to the cathedral).
The A25 continues west across the fields to reach a roundabout to the north of Clough and the A24. Here exactly the same situation occurs as in Downpatrick: signs claim a useless multiplex with the A25 regaining its number at the junction with the A2 spur just to the south.
The next few miles are relatively straightforward. The road passes through Castlewellan and runs to the north of the Mountains of Mourne, traffic volumes are about 9,000 per day in this section. The road then becomes much more winding and much of the traffic to Newry peels off to use the B8, which rejoins the A25 just outside Newry. It enters Newry and turns right at a roundabout before forcing its way through the city centre; this includes a multiplex along the A27 and a one-way system. Eventually the A1 bypass is met, along with the A28, which is the more obvious route through town.
The A25 continues west, with much of the traffic leaving for the B30. In the drumlin countryside the road is increasingly winding and it zigzags into Newtownhamilton where it meets the A29. That number is now the dominant number in a multiplex to the south; it is not known if this was always the case. After regaining its number the A25 heads west along Blaney Road towards Castleblayney. However, the A25 ends at the border, with the R182 reaching the town.