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Update: 26th March 2021


Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon has announced proposals to address the recommendations from the review of the York Street Interchange scheme

Further details are provided here:
www.infrastructure-ni.gov.uk/news/mallon-announces-outcome-review-york-street-interchange-scheme


Update: 27th July 2020


Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon has provided an update on next steps for the York Street Interchange scheme in Belfast by announcing the terms of reference for a new review that will consider how best to proceed, in advance of moving to the procurement phase of the project through discussions with specialists and stakeholders.

The review will look at wellbeing, sustainable travel, creating thriving liveable places and communities, responding to the climate emergency and connecting people and opportunities, the Executive’s priorities set out in New Decade: New Approach and the Outcomes Delivery Plan, and the scheme’s strategic fit alongside the emerging policy context, for example, the Belfast Agenda, the Belfast City Council Development Plan Strategy and the emerging Transport Plans.

The terms of reference for this review are as follows.

Independent Assurance Review - Terms of Reference

The York Street Interchange is a road scheme to improve the flow of traffic at the confluence of two motorways and the Westlink. The Minister has made clear her commitment to the delivery of this essential infrastructure scheme, which is identified as a key Executive priority in New Decade New Approach.

The purpose of the Review is to consider how best to proceed, in advance of moving to the procurement phase of the project. Through discussions with officials, specialists and stakeholders, you are, therefore, invited to carry out a Review to provide assurance to the Minister on how and to what extent the proposed scheme reflects and accommodates key Ministerial, Executive and Belfast City Council objectives and priorities (or could be adjusted to do so).

The review should focus on the scheme’s ability to deliver the following and consider any other issues highlighted:

The Minister’s priorities around focus on wellbeing, sustainable travel, creating thriving liveable places and communities, responding to the climate emergency and connecting people and opportunities;
The Executive’s priorities set out in New Decade: New Approach and the Outcomes Delivery Plan, and ;
The scheme’s strategic fit alongside the emerging policy context, for example, the Belfast Agenda, the Belfast City Council Development Plan Strategy and the emerging Transport Plans.

The outcome of the Assurance Review will be a report with a confidence assessment.

Update: December 2019


The Court ruled against the Department setting aside the Contract Award. This decision was subsequently appealed unsuccessfully by the Department.

Having considered the Court of Appeal judgement in relation to the legal challenge to the procurement competition, the Department has concluded that it would not be appropriate to proceed with the award of a contract under this particular competition.

The Department intends to run a new procurement competition for the project and is currently reviewing the options for the new competition.

Update: 6 April 2018


A hearing to consider the legal challenge took place in the High Court of Justice (NI) between 6 February and 12 March 2018. The Department is currently awaiting the outcome of this process.

Update: 28 June 2017


The procurement process for the York Street Interchange has been progressed in parallel with the statutory process. The tender process to appoint a Contractor to bring the scheme to a construction ready stage has now been completed. However, tender award cannot occur at present due to a legal challenge. The legal process is ongoing.

Update: 15 November 2016


Following the completion of the Public Inquiry in 2015 the Department has released the Inspector's Report. It has also:

published its Notice to Proceed with the scheme
made a Departmental Statement in response to the recommendations made by the Inspector
published the Designation Order for the scheme.

The Department's officials will initiate contact with relevant parties early in 2017 to fulfil the commitments in the Departmental Statement.

The Vesting Order for the scheme will be made in due course when funding has been confirmed.

The Inspector's Report, Departmental Statement, Notice to Proceed and
Designation Order are available from the list on the right.

A summary of the Inspector's considerations and recommendations, contained within Sections 7 and 8 of the Inspector's Report can be viewed here.

Documents containing:

the content of the decision
a description of the main measures to avoid, reduce and, if possible, offset the major adverse effects of the project
information about the consultation carried out in compliance with Articles 67A(8) and 67B, the representations received on consultation, and any changes made as a result of those representations
the Inspectors’ Report on inquiries held into the proposal

may be inspected by any person, free of charge, at all reasonable times during the period from 21st November 2016 to 6th January 2017 at the following offices of the Department:

The Department for Infrastructure - Eastern Division, Hydebank, 4 Hospital Road, Belfast BT8 8JL
The Department for Infrastructure - Headquarters, Room 2-01, Clarence Court, 10-18 Adelaide Street, Belfast BT2 8GB.

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