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M2 (Northern Ireland)
 
 
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Here is the M2 in Belfast seen from ground level.
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The M2 at Rathbeg near Antrim (2)
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M2 Country Crossing

A seldom seen view of Northern Ireland's M2 crossing this rural road, outside Mallusk. The geology of the road allowed the picture to be taken almost on level with the motorway.

Winner October 2006

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Sep 17, 2006 by explo
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Dodgy chopsticks sign @ M2 j12 Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Jan 15, 2010 by A42_Sparks
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M22 J1 northbound overbridges Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Sep 14, 2009 by loch_cuan73
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Overbridge at J6 Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Sep 14, 2009 by loch_cuan73
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Optimistic speed limit sign

Don't treat THIS speed limit as a target! The Hightown Road over the M2 in Glengormley is severed for all of 2008 while the bridge is rebuilt to facilitiate motorway widening. On the left is a temporary footbridge.

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Mar 09, 2008 by nirs
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M2 FORTWILLIAM

The construction of an additional (southbound) lane from Sandyknowes to Greencastle and the closure of the northbound inside lane is having an effect on peak traffic flow. This queue is appx 2� miles long. Taken at 16.35 before the real peak flow had started. 28 September 2007. (This is a daily event M-F).

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Nov 12, 2007 by Wee Hughie
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M2 southbound GLENGORMLEY

The view south from the Hightown Road bridge showing the arrangements needed to accommodate the construction of the additional (southbound lane). 27 October 2007.

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Nov 12, 2007 by Wee Hughie
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M2 northbound GLENGORMLEY

The M2 is having an extra lane added (southbound) between Sandyknowes and Greencastle (http://www.wesleyjohnston.com/roads/m2wideningcitybound.html explains in detail). This involves rebuilding several bridges. This is the view north from the Hightown Road with the new bridge taking shape on the left. The inside lane (in effect a crawler lane) is closed. Slow-moving HGV�s climbing this steep section can see their speed fall to around 40 (or slower if heavily loaded). Southbound � the overtaking lane is closed and the hard shoulder used as a traffic lane. 27 October 2007.

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Nov 12, 2007 by Wee Hughie
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M2 j11 - junction number plate

A wider shot of the same view as the previous picture.

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Oct 04, 2007 by A42_Sparks
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M2 j11 - junction number plate

The small junction number plate here is original to the construction of the M2, proving junction numbers were being signed in NI as early as 1969. Also note the original concrete posts that the signs are mounted to.

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Oct 04, 2007 by A42_Sparks
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M2 SB approaching the foreshore

A2/M2/M5 interchange

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Aug 07, 2007 by csd
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M2 foreshore section

Approaching J1. Which is after J1B (or before, if heading south). The fifth lane is dropped through the junction, to be regained the far side. Photo taken 06.08.2007.

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Aug 07, 2007 by csd
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M2 foreshore section

Approaching J1B. The fifth lane is dropped through the junction. Photo taken 06.08.2007.

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Aug 07, 2007 by csd
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M2 foreshore section

J1B Docks exit. Six lanes wide for a brief section!

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Aug 07, 2007 by csd
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M2 foreshore section

Approaching the end of the M2, the VMS warns of delays on the A12 Westlink. Photo taken 06.08.2007.

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Aug 07, 2007 by csd
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M2 Ballymena bypass

Heading south. Photo taken 06.08.2007.

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Aug 07, 2007 by csd
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Current end of the M2 Ballymena bypass

See http://www.wesleyjohnston.com/roads/a26-m2link.html for plans to remodel this junction.

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Aug 07, 2007 by csd
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M2 SB end of Ballymena bypass

All traffic is currently dumped onto this roundabout. Photo taken 06.08.2007.

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Aug 07, 2007 by csd
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M2 SB approaching J7

Wide central reservation for the never-built section to the Ballymena bypass.

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Aug 07, 2007 by csd
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M2 SB contraflow section

Approaching J4. Photo taken 06.08.2007.

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Aug 07, 2007 by csd
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M2 SB approacing J2

Note the half-demolished bridge and widening works. Photo taken 06.08.2007.

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Aug 07, 2007 by csd
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M2 SB approaching the foreshore

Widening works in progress. Photo taken 06.08.2007.

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Aug 07, 2007 by csd
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M2/M3 junction 1992

Looking south from Yorkgate railway station, Belfast, across Dock Street. On the left is the M2 terminus at York Street with the 'ski jump' in place for the M3. Neither the M3 nor the cross-harbour railway has been built here. The M3 opened in 1995.

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Apr 30, 2007 by nirs
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M2 Foreshore nearing completion 1973

The final touches being added to the D5 section of the M2 (the foreshore) in 1973. Looking north from the footbridge, with J1 at Fortwilliam in the distance.

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Mar 16, 2007 by nirs
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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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WHERE THE M22 DROPS A '2'

The M2 should have continued north from Dunsilly with the M22 as a branch heading west. That section of the M2 was never built (although an all-purpose dual carriageway was - eventually). The M22 is in the foreground and becomes the M2 at the end of the on-slip on the left. The wide central reservation was to allow the two motorways to merge. View to Belfast on 25 September 2006.

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Feb 05, 2007 by Wee Hughie
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THE M2 AT TEMPLEPATRICK

The M2 at Templepatrick (J5) looking north towards Dunsilly (where it becomes the M22). Probably the straightest bit of motorway in NI. Traffic, from the north and north west, leaves here for Belfast International Airport. 17 September 2006.

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Jan 29, 2007 by Wee Hughie
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North at Parkgate

A look at the northbound carriageway of the M2 from a bridge at Parkgate

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Jun 22, 2006 by explo
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M2 South

Looking south through a cutting on the M2 from the overbridge at Parkgate

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Jun 22, 2006 by explo
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VMS

A modern VMS between juntions 4 and 5 on the northbound M2

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Jun 22, 2006 by explo
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The Foreshore

Looking south into Belfast from the J1 bridge on the M2. This four-lane section would be five but for the lane drop-gain through the junction. Note the hard shoulders on both sides of the road

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Jun 22, 2006 by explo
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M2 leaving Belfast northbound c.1973 Originally uploaded to Coppermine on May 01, 2006 by A42_Sparks
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Faded road sign, Belfast
Faded and peeling sign in Chichester Street. The patch was added when the lower part of the street (passing the Law Courts) was closed (for security reasons) to through traffic. It has now re-opened but as a bus lane and for access only <a href='http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/1518888'>J3474 : Bus and bus lane, Belfast</a>.
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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>.
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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 (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>.
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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>.
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Sandyknowes roundabout near Belfast (4)
See <a href='http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/596287'>J3082 : Sandyknowes roundabout near Belfast (1)</a>. The slip road to Scullions Road <a href='http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/596290'>J3082 : Sandyknowes roundabout near Belfast (2)</a> is in the foreground. The off-slip from the M2 <a href='http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/596302'>J3082 : Sandyknowes roundabout near Belfast (3)</a> is at middle right. The south-bound on-slip to Belfast is behind the flyover to the right. The full-time lights have made negotiation of the roundabout somewhat safer and less fraught.
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Slip Road at Junction 4 of the M2
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The M2 (hill section), Belfast (1)
See <a href='http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/568568'>J3477 : Almost dead stop on the M2, Belfast</a> and <a href='http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/596351'>J3181 : The M2 (northbound) at Glengormley (2)</a>. Work continues on the widening on the M2 between Greencastle and Sandyknowes. This is the hill section seen from the Bellevue Bridge on the Antrim Road. The re-built Collin Bridge is in the background. See also <a href='http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/891407'>J3281 : The M2 (hill section), Belfast (2)</a>.
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The Larne Railway Line and M2 Motorway
The Larne Railway Line and M2 Motorway looking towards Fortwilliam.
Image made from the Milewater Road footbridge.

 
 
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