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Belfast walkway aims to alleviate Primark fire impact

The temporary walkway aims to help make it easier for people to get through Belfast city centre. Credit: Presseye

A temporary walkway has been put in place in Belfast city centre, as part of measures aimed at boosting trade in the wake of the Primark fire.

The Bank Buildings blaze back in August has had a severe impact on trade, with footfall significantly down at a time of year when business should now be booming.

Efforts are being made get people back on the streets and into local shops.

But safety concerns have complicated progress, with 14 businesses having been effectively trapped within a cordon and unable to open their doors to the public.

Work is ongoing at the site of the major blaze at Bank Buildings. Credit: Presseye

On Monday, a number of those were finally able to start trying to get back to something like normality – Argento, McDonalds, and Sketchers.

The new walkway also makes it easier for people to get between Royal Avenue and Donegall Place.

Meanwhile, Primark’s new store is due to open at Commonwealth House on Saturday.