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A12 Westlink 2007.JPG
This is the A12 Westlink in July 2007.
Gantry Sign on the Northern Irish A12.JPG
A broken Gantry sign at York Street on the Northern Irish A12
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A typical flag sign at the York Street junction on the A12 (NI)
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The Westlink, Belfast (14)
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Flooded Broadway underpass, Belfast

Broadway underpass on the A12 Westlink filled with dirty river water to a depth of about 15 feet at 1pm on Sunday 17 August 2008. You can see the high water mark from the previous evening. A nearby river overwhelmed its culvert and filled the underpass around tea time on Saturday. There's going to be a lot of silt and other debris to remove from the underpass, including (by rumour) abandoned vehicles.

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Aug 17, 2008 by nirs
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Flooded Broadway underpass, Belfast

Broadway underpass on the A12 Westlink filled with water to a depth of about 15 feet at 1pm on Sunday 17 August 2008. Engineers have been pumping the water out for about ten hours at this point, and are cleaning the tarmac ahead. The police removed the central reservation as an emergency measure to get vehicles away, and this is also being repaired. A nearby river overwhelmed its culvert and filled the underpass around tea time on Saturday.

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Aug 17, 2008 by nirs
Flooded Broadway underpass, Belfast - Coppermine - 19627.jpg
Flooded Broadway underpass, Belfast

Broadway underpass on the A12 Westlink filled with water to a depth of about 15 feet at 1pm on Sunday 17 August 2008. You can see the high water mark from the previous evening ABOVE the roof level of the underpass. A nearby river overwhelmed its culvert and filled the underpass around tea time on Saturday. There's rumoured to be a number of abandoned vehicles still down there.

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Aug 17, 2008 by nirs
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New signage on Westlink

New signage on the southbound Westlink approaching Broadway reflecting the freeflow nature of the road. Non-motorway traffic is instructed to leave at Broadway, while the M1 chopsticks sign points the way ahead!

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Jul 07, 2008 by nirs
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Signage on Westlink approaching Broadway roadworks

Twin signs, one telling relieved motorists that the new Broadway underpass ahead is now open, but another warning that the 30-40mph speed limit still very much applies.

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Jul 07, 2008 by nirs
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Dodgy gantry on upgraded A12 Westlink

This gantry sign was erected northbound on the Westlink between Roden Street and Grosvenor Road in early 2008. However it is erroneous in that the M2 and M3 labels should be written on a blue patch rather than the green background.

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Mar 09, 2008 by nirs
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Westlink between Grosvenor Road and Roden Street

Heading south from Grosvenor Road, the point where M1-bound traffic moves across to the future northbound carriageway. The road is really starting to take shape.

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Jul 08, 2007 by nirs
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Westlink at Roden Street

This space age structure is the new footbridge at Roden Street, here seen M1-bound. The designers have put a lot of effort into the look of the new road, which is great. However this is the spot where the most 'bricking' of vehicles happens, so the bridge is fully enclosed, like its predecessor.

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Jul 08, 2007 by nirs
The Westlink, Belfast (1) - Geograph - 498780.jpg
The Westlink, Belfast (1)

Work started in 2006 to upgrade the two at-grade junctions on the Westlink (linking the M1 and M2). The busiest section carried 68,000 vehicles daily in 2006. An extra lane is being added to the M1, in each direction, between the Westlink and Stockman�s Lane. The scheme is due for completion in 2009. The roundabout at the Grosvenor Road is being replaced by an underpass while keeping both roads open for traffic. This is the temporary bridge carrying the Grosvenor Road (looking outwards) across the roadworks.
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The Westlink, Belfast (3)
See <a href='http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/498780'>J3373 : The Westlink, Belfast (1)</a>. A view of the underpass under construction (looking towards the M1).
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The Westlink, Belfast (4)
See <a href='http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/498788'>J3373 : The Westlink, Belfast (3)</a>. A view of the underpass under construction (looking towards the M2). This will carry the Grosvenor Road over the Westlink.
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The Westlink, Belfast (5)
See <a href='http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/498788'>J3373 : The Westlink, Belfast (3)</a>. The underpass opened to through traffic over the weekend of 1&2 September 2007. The temporary alignment on the left is no longer in use.
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The Westlink, Belfast (6)
See <a href='http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/544779'>J3373 : The Westlink, Belfast (5)</a> and <a href='http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/498794'>J3373 : The Westlink, Belfast (4)</a>. The view towards the M2. The temporary alignment on the right is no longer in use.
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The Westlink, Belfast (7)
See <a href='http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/498794'>J3373 : The Westlink, Belfast (4)</a> and <a href='http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/544784'>J3373 : The Westlink, Belfast (6)</a>. Although the underpass is open to Westlink traffic there is still some work remaining before it can be used by traffic going to and from the centre of Belfast.
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The Westlink, Belfast (8)
See <a href='http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/544784'>J3373 : The Westlink, Belfast (6)</a>. The view, towards the M2, through the safety fence <a href='http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/498785'>J3373 : The Westlink, Belfast (2)</a>.
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The Westlink, Belfast (6)
See <a href='http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/1587053'>J3373 : The Westlink, Belfast (5)</a>. The off-slip, at the Grosvenor Road, used by traffic from the M1 heading towards the Falls Road and the city centre. Pedestrians are segregated from the traffic by the fence at middle/bottom left. The traffic noise is, however, overpowering. Continue to <a href='http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/1587192'>J3273 : The Westlink, Belfast (7)</a>.
The Westlink, Belfast (3) - Geograph - 1576504.jpg
The Westlink, Belfast (3)
See <a href='http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/1450533'>J3374 : The Westlink, Belfast</a>. The view towards the M2, from the flyover at Divis Street. Continue to <a href='http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/1582779'>J3374 : The Westlink, Belfast (4)</a>.
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The Westlink, Belfast
See J3373 : The Westlink, Belfast. The Westlink (looking towards the M1) at the Divis Street flyover. There is a lane gain here where the on-slip (left) joins the road. In practice, however, few drivers use the inside lane.
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The Westlink, Belfast (13)
See <a href='http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/677355'>J3373 : The Westlink, Belfast (12)</a>. The southbound on-slip to the Westlink from the Grosvenor Road. It is due to open in March 2008.
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The Westlink, Belfast (14)
See <a href='http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/677367'>J3373 : The Westlink, Belfast (13)</a>. After what seemed like eternal road construction the road and underpass are now open. This is the southbound on-slip. Part of the landscaping can be seen in the foreground.
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The Westlink, Belfast (7)
See J3273 : The Westlink, Belfast (6). Part of the section of Westlink between Roden Street J3273 : Roden Street, Belfast and the Grosvenor Road 3374 : The Westlink, Belfast (4). The view is towards the M2. Continue to J3273 : The Westlink, Belfast (8).
The Westlink, Belfast (4) - Geograph - 1582779.jpg
The Westlink, Belfast (4)
See <a href='http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/1576504'>J3374 : The Westlink, Belfast (3)</a>. The view towards the M2 and Clifton Street from the flyover at Peter�s Hill. Note the absence of goods vehicles on a Sunday morning. The northbound carriageway (left) was closed from Divis Street. Continue to <a href='http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/1587053'>J3373 : The Westlink, Belfast (5)</a>.
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The Westlink, Belfast (15)
See <a href='http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/716013'>J3373 : The Westlink, Belfast (14)</a>. The northbound off-slip.
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The Westlink, Belfast (10)
See <a href='http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/677302'>J3373 : The Westlink, Belfast (9)</a>. There is no southbound exit from the Westlink to the Grosvenor Road (and the city centre) here mainly because of the proximity of the houses in the background. The view is towards the M2.
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The Westlink, Belfast
See <a href='http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/873345'>J3273 : The Westlink, Belfast (19)</a>. For the record � the rebuilt Westlink officially opened (with three lanes in each direction from Divis Street to Broadway) on 1 December 2008 although in practice it was fully open on 29 November. The target completion date was March 2009. At 17.27 today the peak traffic was flowing freely. The view is from the overbridge at the Grosvenor Road towards the M2. <a href='http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/677302'>J3373 : The Westlink, Belfast (9)</a> shows an off-peak view, during the construction work, in February 2008.
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The Westlink, Belfast (9)
See <a href='http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/544802'>J3373 : The Westlink, Belfast (8)</a>. Two lanes of the underpass are now open in each direction. The old temporary alignment of the Grosvenor Road is on the right although hardly recognisable. The scheme includes another underpass at Broadway on the Donegall Road and the widening of the Broadway � Stockman�s Lane section of the M1 to three lanes � while keeping the road open for all traffic. The overall completion date is currently given as March 2009. In the meantime queues such as this are common throughout the working day.
The Westlink, Belfast (20) - Geograph - 873380.jpg
The Westlink, Belfast (20)
See <a href='http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/873345'>J3273 : The Westlink, Belfast (19)</a>. A similar view to <a href='http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/752674'>J3273 : The Westlink, Belfast (18)</a>. The underpass is out of picture to the right. Broadway roundabout, over the underpass, has still to be completed.
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The Westlink, Belfast (19)
See <a href='http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/752674'>J3273 : The Westlink, Belfast (18)</a>. The Broadway underpass <a href='http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/752647'>J3273 : The Westlink, Belfast (17)</a> opened on 4 July with two lanes available for traffic in each direction. The official announcement made much of an opening well ahead of target. This ignored, however, the fact that the overall scheme is not complete. The effect of the opening is that there is now a straight run through from York Street <a href='http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/582043'>J3475 : The Westlink, York Street, Belfast</a>, without traffic lights or roundabouts, to the M1.
The Westlink, Belfast (18) - Geograph - 752674.jpg
The Westlink, Belfast (18)
See <a href='http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/752647'>J3273 : The Westlink, Belfast (17)</a>. The view of the temporary arrangements used by traffic heading from the Westlink towards Broadway roundabout and the M1. Quiet on a Sunday morning but fun and games during the evening peak (the queue is usually about two miles back towards the Clifton Street overbridge).
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The Westlink, Belfast (16)
See <a href='http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/716026'>J3273 : The Westlink, Belfast (15)</a>. Work is advanced on the underpass (left) to replace the Broadway roundabout. The view is towards the M2. My understanding is that there will be a south-bound off-slip (middle) and a segregated bus lane (right). With all the changes, the Google map has ceased to have much relevance.
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The Westlink, Belfast (9)
See <a href='http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/1587230'>J3273 : The Westlink, Belfast (8)</a>. At 15.53, as the winter solstice approaches, the light was fading over the Westlink. The view is from the Peter�s Hill flyover towards the Divis Street on-slip and the M1. Continue to <a href='http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/1618246'>J3374 : Footbridge, Westlink, Belfast (3)</a>.
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The Westlink, Belfast (11)
See <a href='http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/677326'>J3373 : The Westlink, Belfast (10)</a>. The temporary bridge <a href='http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/498780'>J3373 : The Westlink, Belfast (1)</a> carrying the Grosvenor Road across the Westlink has now been removed. The �new� Grosvenor Road is now open to traffic but there are lane restrictions pending completion of surfacing and other work. The view is outward.
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The Westlink, York Street, Belfast
See <a href='http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/498780'>J3373 : The Westlink, Belfast (1)</a> and <a href='http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/1077095'>J3373 : The Westlink, Belfast</a>. The start of the Westlink, at York Street for traffic heading towards the M1. There are (resurrected) plans for a major elevated interchange here to connect the road to the M2 and M3. The route confirmatory sign (middle) shows the distance to Dublin as 104 miles.
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The Westlink, Belfast (11)
See <a href='http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/1618257'>J3374 : The Westlink, Belfast (10)</a>. The overhead sign, at York Street, for north and eastbound traffic. Continue to <a href='http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/1715674'>J3374 : The Westlink, Belfast (12)</a>.
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Westlink approaching York Street
The A12 Westlink ends here. In the distance are Samson and Goliath, Harland & Wolff's iconic cranes. Also visible is the M3 motorway and Cross Harbour rail link - both opened in 1995.
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Westlink, Belfast
The eastern edge of the A12 'Westlink' as viewed from Clifton Street. The tower blocks behind are in the New Lodge area. Normally extremely busy throughout weekdays the road is a major throughpass which skirts the western edge of Belfast city centre and connects the M1 motorway with the M2, M3 & M5. This picture was taken at a relatively quiet period in the early evening. See <a title='http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Westlink_Belfast' rel='nofollow' href='http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Westlink_Belfast'>Link</a><img style='padding-left:2px;' alt='External link' title='External link - shift click to open in new window' src='http://s0.geograph.org.uk/img/external.png' width='10' height='10'/> for more information on the road itself.
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Roundabout sign, Belfast
The sign, in Glenmachan Street, on the approach to the Broadway roundabout over the Westlink underpass J3273 : The Westlink, Belfast (19). This one needs more than a bit of thought especially if you happen to be a first-timer.
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The Westlink, Belfast (10)
The view, towards the Divis Street off-slip, from the footbridge <a href='http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/1618246'>J3374 : Footbridge, Westlink, Belfast (3)</a> near Durham Street. Continue to <a href='http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/1625898'>J3475 : The Westlink, Belfast (11)</a>.
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The Westlink, Belfast (8)
See <a href='http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/1587192'>J3273 : The Westlink, Belfast (7)</a>. The section of the Westlink (looking towards the M1) between Roden Street <a href='http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/1284532'>J3273 : Roden Street, Belfast</a> and Broadway. The countdown marker for the Broadway off-slip <a href='http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/873380'>J3273 : The Westlink, Belfast (20)</a> can be seen above the lorry on the left. Continue to <a href='http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/1614321'>J3374 : The Westlink, Belfast (9)</a>.
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Gantry sign, Belfast
See <a href='http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/1489153'>J3374 : The Westlink, Belfast (2)</a>. The gantry sign seen in the previous photograph.
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A12 Westlink Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Sep 14, 2008 by murphaph
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The A12 Westlink in Belfast, taken from the Shankill area.
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The start of the M2 in Belfast.
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Variable speed-limit sign, Belfast

 
 
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