Shore Road in Newtownabbey partially closed over threat of wall collapse

Pacemaker Newtownabbey road closed.
Road users have been advised to see alternative routes Credit: UTV

The Department for Infrastructure has said it is working to reopen part of a major road in Newtownabbey as soon as possible but has not given a time frame.

Travel disruption is expected after part of the Shore Road was closed due to "the threat of a retaining wall collapsing".

The road is closed in both directions between Mill Road and Longwood Road, close to the Abbeycentre.

DUP MLA for the area Philip Brett wrote on X, formerly known as Twitter, that "given the works required, I cannot see any reopening taking place today (Monday)".

Part of Shore Road closed. Credit: Pacemaker

Road users have been advised to seek alternative routes.

The Department for Infrastructure in a statement said it made the decision to close the road to "protect public safety and is engaging closely with the landowners to identify a solution which will allow the road to be reopened as soon as practicable". It continued: "A diversion will now operate country bound via Mill Road , Church Road – Longwood Roundabout –- Longwood Road - Shore Road. A citybound diversion will operate via Shore Road - Longwood Road – Longwood Roundabout –- Longwood Road - Shore Road. "Road users are advised to respect the road closure and follow all temporary traffic management arrangements. Local access will be accommodated for businesses and residents on this section of the Shore Road. "Further updates will be provided at The Department apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.”

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