PSNI hails Giro travel success

Published Sunday, 11 May 2014
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The first three stages of the Giro d'Italia, one of the world's most prestigious cycling races, have been held in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

PSNI hails Giro travel success
The 'Grande Partenza' of the 2014 Giro d''Italia is being held in NI. (© Getty)
FACTBOX: GIRO TRAVEL
Delays
to be expected, so allow extra time for your journey.
Controlled Crossing Points
will allow for limited vehicular access across the route, but will be closed for considerable periods of time for race purposes.
Traffic lights
will be switched off during the race.
Giro Caravan
will travel ahead of the riders and make short stops at a number of locations.
Bikes on trains
only four permitted, in line with usual policy.

Being chosen to host the 'Grande Partenza', or 'Big Start' was hailed as a once in a lifetime opportunity for people throughout the island to watch the event on their own doorstep.

Extensive arrangements were put in place to try to limit travel disruption during the event which kicked off on Friday in Belfast with team time trials.

The second stage took in the Causeway coast and Antrim's green glens in a mammoth 219km leg before travelling back to Belfast City Hall for the finish on Saturday afternoon.

It started at Belfast's Titanic Quarter and the convoy then travelled to Antrim, Ballymena, Ballymoney, Bushmills, Ballycastle, Cushendall, Waterfoot, Carnlough, Glenarm, Ballygally, Larne, Whitehead and Carrickfergus.

Sunday's third stage kicked off in Armagh 'the Cathedral City' - winding its way through towns and villages of the Orchard County - including Richhill and Keady - before crossing the border and heading for Dundalk, Castlebellingham, Ballbriggan, Swords and then Dublin city centre.

The PSNI issued a statement on Sunday afternoon offering its congratulations to everyone involved in making the Giro d'Italia a real success.

Assistant Chief Constable Alan Todd said: "Despite the inclement weather thousands of you were lining the streets to support the cyclists. For those of you who had to alter plans or rethink your journey, thank you for your understanding and patience.

"This was a significant event that portrayed Northern Ireland on a global stage and yet again we have proved that we are more than capable of hosting international event and doing them well.

"Thank you to everyone who worked behind the scenes to make the event a success including the many volunteers and marshals. We should all be very proud."

All traffic restrictions have now been lifted.

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28 Comments
Taxi Paul in Belfast wrote (111 days ago):
@Bobby Magee and Larry in Belfast I agree I am down about £150. Roads closed and blocked, Taxi ranks sealede off and barriers everywhere Other problems included the ambulance that could not get close to an injured person opposite City Hall outside Thompsons. It might not have been so bad if the roads had been cleared and reopened straight away but they ere still removing barriers at 3 and 4am. The City Hall was partly closed off the next day. How many of you would like £150 taken out of your weeks wages. Then again who cares about us workers? I dont think it was well organised and it is more a case or bread and circus than anything else.
shamrock in Belfast wrote (112 days ago):
I don't want or require praise from the keystone sectarian police!!! If they spent more. time catching UVF drug dealers instead of traffic directing which basically monkeys can do!!!
PB in Belfast wrote (113 days ago):
Gr8 to see so many positive comments the Giro was a great event although I think a few contributors here may have had bother getting thugh the tafik 2 sign on for their GIRO...
Seanie in Dungannon wrote (113 days ago):
Cant believe there is negative comments here this is the best thing to happen to NI in a long time and normally NI only gets negative press abroad like the recent racist attacks were in the papers of France Spain and Germany well done to all organisers
helen wilson in larne wrote (114 days ago):
helen from larne it was good to see then here
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