Derry

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Derry / Londonderry
Doire
Location Map ( geo)
Craigavon Bridge, Londonderry - Geograph - 335428.jpg
The Craigavon Bridge, overlooking Derry city
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County
Londonderry
Forward Destination on
A2, A5, A6, A514, A515, (N13)
Next Primary Destinations
Antrim • Coleraine • Letterkenny • Strabane
This article is about the town and Primary Destination.
For the County, see County Londonderry
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Derry or Londonderry is the second largest city in Northern Ireland, and consequently is an important hub of several major routes.

The proximity to the border with the Republic, combined with the city being at the other end of Northern Ireland to Belfast, means that access has been generally under-invested. Both of the main roads inside Northern Ireland (the A5 from Enniskillen and the A6 from Belfast) have been earmarked for improvement. The A2 coastal route starts on the border near Derry, though it is only a main road as far as Limvady.

The A515 Foyle Bridge, which opened in 1984, is a major local architectural achievement that allows through traffic to avoid the city centre. However, it is intermittently closed due to high winds. From 2003 - 2005, the bridge underwent major refurbishment that allowed it to cater for HGVs better.

Name

A vandalised roadsign on the A5 in Strabane, where "London" has been defaced

The city's name has been a contentious subject between nationalists (who prefer Derry) and unionists (who prefer Londonderry) since the outbreak of The Troubles in the 1960s. Not surprisingly, this is reflected in road signs.

Northern Ireland consistently signs the city as "Londonderry" in English only, though it is not uncommon to see these vandalised by blacking or spray painting out "London". Conversely, the Republic of Ireland sign the city consistently as "Derry", including the Irish "Doire". Someone travelling along the N2 in the Republic in the direction of Derry will see signs from the latter being replaced by those for the former at the point the border is crossed, though on the N13, the border is close enough to the city itself that "Derry" is replaced merely by "City Centre".

Convention on the internet has tended towards using "Derry" for the city and "Londonderry" for the county. Both OpenStreetMap and Google Maps refer to the city as "Londonderry / Derry". Older maps, including Bartholomew Half Inch of Ireland, the Irish War Office, and OSNI consistently use "Londonderry", even for maps of the entire island of Ireland.

Routes

Route To Notes

A2

Letterkenny, Buncrana becomes N13 at border

A2

Coleraine, Limavady, Maydown, Campsie, Lisahally, Eglinton, Airport

A5

Omagh, Strabane becomes N2 at border

A6

Belfast, Antrim, Larne, Dungiven, Claudy

A514

forms an eastern bypass

A515

forms a northern bypass

N13

Srath an Urlair/STRANOLAR, Sligeach/SLIGO via A2

A2

Greencastle, Moville, Culmore becomes R238 at border

A40

Lifford, St.Johnstown, Raphoe, Carrigans

B48

Donemana

B193

Letterkenny

B194

B507

Northland Road

B521

Templemore, Sports Complex

B524

Brandwell

B525

B526

B527

Glenowen, Hazelbank, Foyle Springs

B528

B529

B530

R236

An Carraigin/CARRIGANS

R237

An Baile Nua/NEWTOWNCUNNINGHAM (N13)

R238

Bun Cranncha/BUNCRANA

R238

Bun an Phobail/MOVILLE

T3

Omagh, Strabane unsigned, uses A5

T7

Coleraine, Limavady, Maydown, Campsie, Lisahally, Eglinton, Airport unsigned, uses A2

T17

Belfast, Antrim, Larne, Dungiven, Claudy unsigned, uses A6

T22

unsigned, uses A514 and A515

E16

Belfast, Antrim, Larne, Dungiven, Claudy unsigned, uses A6

T59

T74

M23

Belfast, Coleraine (M2), Limavady



Derry
JunctionsAltnagelvin Roundabout • Branch Roundabout • Carlisle Square • Caw Roundabout • Culmore Roundabout • Duke Street Roundabout • Foyleside Roundabout • Gransha Roundabout • Harbour Square • Maydown Roundabout • Pennyburn Roundabout (Londonderry) • Skeoge Roundabout • Waterside Roundabout
CrossingsCraigavon Bridge • Foyle Bridge
RoadsA2 (Northern Ireland) • A40 (Northern Ireland) • A514 (Northern Ireland) • A515 (Northern Ireland) • A5 (Northern Ireland) • A6 (Northern Ireland) • B193 (Northern Ireland) • B194 (Northern Ireland) • B48 (Northern Ireland) • B507 (Northern Ireland) • B508 (Northern Ireland) • B521 (Northern Ireland) • B522 (Northern Ireland) • B523 (Northern Ireland) • B524 (Northern Ireland) • B525 (Northern Ireland) • B526 (Northern Ireland) • B527 (Northern Ireland) • B528 (Northern Ireland) • B529 (Northern Ireland) • B530 (Northern Ireland) • B71 (Northern Ireland) • C501 (Northern Ireland) • C502 (Northern Ireland) • C503 (Northern Ireland) • C508 (Northern Ireland) • C516 (Northern Ireland) • C568 (Northern Ireland) • C571 (Northern Ireland) • C572 (Northern Ireland) • C573 (Northern Ireland) • C574 (Northern Ireland) • C575 (Northern Ireland) • C576 (Northern Ireland) • C577 (Northern Ireland) • C578 (Northern Ireland) • C579 (Northern Ireland) • C581 (Northern Ireland) • Causeway Coastal Route • E100 • E117 (Old System) • E16 • M23 (Northern Ireland) • N13 • R236 • R237 • R238 • T17 (Northern Ireland) • T22 (Northern Ireland) • T3 (Northern Ireland) • T59 • T73 • T74 • T7 (Northern Ireland) • Wild Atlantic Way
MiscellaneousDerry/Named Junctions
Related Pictures
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A515 Foyle Bridge Approach - Coppermine - 15751.jpgApproaching the Caw Roundabout - Geograph - 108198.jpgCraigavon Bridge, Derry - Geograph - 746425.jpgLink road, Derry - Londonderry - Geograph - 2794467.jpgThe Foyle Bridge - Flickr - 8681245786.jpg
Places in Northern Ireland
Major CitiesArmagh • Belfast • Derry • Lisburn • Newry
Primary DestinationsAntrim • Ballycastle • Ballymena • Bangor • Carrickfergus • City Airport • Coleraine • Comber • Cookstown • Craigavon • Downpatrick • Dungannon • Enniskillen • International Airport • Larne • Newcastle • Newtownards • Omagh • Strabane • Warrenpoint
Other PlacesAughnacloy • Ballymoney • Ballynahinch • Banbridge • Belcoo • Belleek • Carryduff • Dundonald • Dungiven • Kilkeel • Limavady • Magherafelt • Newtownabbey • Portrush