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WHERE HAS ALL THE TRAFFIC GONE? - Coppermine - 10578.jpg
WHERE HAS ALL THE TRAFFIC GONE?

A quiet moment on the M2 Ballymena bypass. Taken from the Ballymena - Broughshane Road bridge. The slip on the right is used by southbound traffic from the Ballymena direction. There is another slip for southbound traffic from the Broughshane direction.

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Mar 04, 2007 by Wee Hughie
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THE M2 AT BALLYMENA

The M2 Ballymena bypass looking north to J11, from the Crebilly Bridge, near the southern end of the motorway. 24 February 2007.

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Mar 01, 2007 by Wee Hughie
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The Slaght (road) Bridge near Ballymena
The Slaght (road) Bridge carries Whitesides Road across the River Main <a href='http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/433838'>J0899 : River Main</a> (also �Maine�). The view is towards Ballymena. There is also a Slaght railway bridge locally.
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The Ballee roundabout, Ballymena
The Ballee roundabout is at the end of the dual carriageway from Antrim/Belfast. The road to Coleraine is on the left. The road to Belfast is marked by the trees at middle right.
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M2, Ballymena - the missing link
When the M2 Ballymena bypass opened in 1969 the intention was to connect it to the Belfast-Antrim section. In the event the plan was abandoned and a dual carriageway was (eventually) built instead over most of the route. This still left a gap at the southern end (seen here). The plan to make a direct connection to the Belfast road has been revived - see <a href='http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/1363300'>D1201 : New dual carriageway, Ballymena (8)</a>.
Realigned Liminary Road, Ballymena (2) - Geograph - 1636935.jpg
Realigned Liminary Road, Ballymena (2)
Looking towards Kells.


See <a href='http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/1636932'>D1201 : Realigned Liminary Road, Ballymena</a> and <a title='http://www.wesleyjohnston.com/roads/a26-m2link.html' rel='nofollow' href='http://www.wesleyjohnston.com/roads/a26-m2link.html'>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'/>

This is part of plans to link up the M2 Ballymena Bypass at Jct. 10 with the A26.
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The Antrim-Ballymena road
The road between Antrim and Ballymena forms part of the Belfast-Coleraine road. After many years of neglect it was dualled, piecemeal, between 1989 and 2001. It is an all-purpose road with right and �U� turns allowed. This is the view towards Ballymena.
New dual carriageway, Ballymena (13) - Geograph - 1598729.jpg
New dual carriageway, Ballymena (13)
See <a href='http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/1598707'>D1201 : New dual carriageway, Ballymena (12)</a>. Strengthening work on the southern side of the flyover on the northern side of the Larne Road roundabout (looking towards the Larne direction). The new road will occupy the lower right part of the site. Continue to <a href='http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/1598751'>D1201 : New dual carriageway, Ballymena (14)</a>.
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New dual carriageway, Ballymena (11)
See D1201 : New dual carriageway, Ballymena (10). Working underway strengthening the flyover on the southern side of the Larne Road roundabout. Continue to D1201 : New dual carriageway, Ballymena (12).
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New dual carriageway, Ballymena (3)
See <a href='http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/1325984'>D1201 : New dual carriageway, Ballymena (2)</a>. The cars are parked at what will be the exit from the northbound off-slip from the new road. Continue to <a href='http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/1326440'>D1201 : New dual carriageway, Ballymena (4)</a>.
New dual carriageway, Ballymena (12) - Geograph - 1598707.jpg
New dual carriageway, Ballymena (12)
See <a href='http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/1598689'>D1201 : New dual carriageway, Ballymena (11)</a>. The view, west, of the strengthening work on the same flyover. Continue to <a href='http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/1598729'>D1201 : New dual carriageway, Ballymena (13)</a>.
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New dual carriageway, Ballymena (5)
See <a href='http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/1326440'>D1201 : New dual carriageway, Ballymena (4)</a>. Looking south from the northern side of the Larne Road roundabout. The new road will occupy the all of the land in between. Continue to <a href='http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/1326536'>D1201 : New dual carriageway, Ballymena (6)</a>.
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New dual carriageway, Ballymena (4)
See <a href='http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/1326389'>D1201 : New dual carriageway, Ballymena (3)</a>. Looking north from the southern side of the Larne Road roundabout. The new road will occupy the most of the land in between. Continue to <a href='http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/1326479'>D1201 : New dual carriageway, Ballymena (5)</a>.
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New dual carriageway, Ballymena (9)
See <a href='http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/1363300'>D1201 : New dual carriageway, Ballymena (8)</a>. The off-slip from the M2. It is not likely to see any significant change but the new road will continue, south, at middle left. Continue to <a href='http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/1598672'>D1201 : New dual carriageway, Ballymena (10)</a>.
New dual carriageway, Ballymena (10) - Geograph - 1598672.jpg
New dual carriageway, Ballymena (10)
See <a href='http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/1598657'>D1201 : New dual carriageway, Ballymena (9)</a>. The view, north, from the Larne Road flyover. The new road will occupy the site in the middle. Continue to <a href='http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/1598689'>D1201 : New dual carriageway, Ballymena (11)</a>.
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New dual carriageway, Ballymena (6)
See <a href='http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/1326479'>D1201 : New dual carriageway, Ballymena (5)</a>. This is the present layout of the M2 Ballymena bypass at the Larne Road roundabout. The southbound M2 is on the right. This will become the southbound off-slip. The tract of tarmac running from the bottom left will be rebuilt as the new road. The northbound carriageway (middle left) will become the end of the northbound on-slip. Continue to <a href='http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/1326559'>D1201 : New dual carriageway, Ballymena (7)</a>.
The M2 near Ballymena (2) - Geograph - 347296.jpg
The M2 near Ballymena (2)


See <a href='http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/347282'>D1202 : The M2 near Ballymena (1)</a>. This is the view towards Belfast at the end of the motorway. The Larne Road roundabout is in the background � see <a href='http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/190444'>D1201 : M2, Ballymena - the missing link</a>.
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Start of M2 Ballymena bypass (heading south)

A rather pathetic M2/start of motorway regs sign there! Photo taken 06.08.2007.

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Aug 07, 2007 by csd
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M2(NI) missing junctions

An educated guess as to the locations of the missing M2 junctions 7,8 and 9. The dashed blue line is the unbuilt M2. The dashed green line is a proposed Ballymena western bypass that never got built. Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Jan 16, 2007 by A42_Sparks

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National Cycle Network milepost,... (C) Albert Bridge - Geograph - 3636450.jpg
National Cycle Network milepost,... (C) Albert Bridge
A milepost, on route no 97, beside the path from Farm Lodge Avenue <a href='http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/3636327'>D1103 : Farm Lodge Avenue, Ballymena</a> to the Ecos Centre <a href='http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/352419'>D1103 : The Ecos Centre, Ballymena (1)</a>.
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COMING . . . ER . . . SOON

This gap, under the roundabout on the Larne Road, Ballymena is where the un-built M2 from Antrim (Dunsilly) would have joined the M2 Ballymena bypass. Look again at the end of 2007 and there might be signs of a dual carriageway being built here � then again, there might not. View north on 3 February 2007.

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Feb 05, 2007 by Wee Hughie
Larne Road Roundabout, Ballymena (Dec 09) - Geograph - 1636967.jpg
Larne Road Roundabout, Ballymena (Dec 09)
See <a href='http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/1325898'>D1201 : New dual carriageway, Ballymena (1)</a> and <a title='http://www.wesleyjohnston.com/roads/a26-m2link.html' rel='nofollow' href='http://www.wesleyjohnston.com/roads/a26-m2link.html'>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 details on the A26/M2 link works that are underway in this shot.


Taken from the Liminary Road exit.
The M2 missing link, Ballymena - Geograph - 1422553.jpg
The M2 missing link, Ballymena A view of the site for the missing motorway, some eleven years after the M2 had opened.
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River bridge near Ballymena A nine-arch stone bridge across the River Maine.
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'The M2 near Ballymena (6)
The M2, Ballymena (1980) - Geograph - 3751209.jpg
The M2, Ballymena (1980) No crash barrier and only two cars in sight in this view, towards Belfast, from the Broughshane Road bridge. The Braid is crossed at lower middle.
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The M2, Ballymena (1980-1) The view north, towards Glarryford Cross and Coleraine, from the bridge on the Crebilly Road.
Pre-Worboys 'lay-by ahead' sign, Ballymena - Geograph - 3768104.jpg
Pre-Worboys 'lay-by ahead' sign, Ballymena Once the decision was made to adopt the “Worboys” designs the old style disappeared quite quickly though, inevitably, some were left. This one was on the Cullybackey Road immediately past the private lane under the railway.
 

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