PSNI hails Giro travel success

PSNI hails Giro travel success

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.

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.Such a fantastic trophy for the winner of the @giroditalia!!— Northern Ireland (@DiscoverNI) May 7, 2014


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