State highway 1 from Belfast to Hornby (Johns, Russley, Masham and Carmen Road and the Western Belfast Bypass) will be four laned, with a Russley/Memorial Interchange as the gateway to the airport. This will improve travel time, reliability and safety along and across the state highway.
The rural section of Johns and Russley Road from the Groynes to Ryans Road will be retained at 80 km/hr, with two lanes in each direction separated by a median barrier. This will be a free-flowing expressway with fewer, high quality intersections at main arterial roads only. Other intersections will be left-in, left-out or closed. This will require local traffic to use the local road network to access arterial roads to get on to the state highway.
The urban section from Ryans Road through to Hornby will be a four lane, median divided urban arterial road with traffic signals at key intersections. Cyclists will have a mixture of on-road and off-road facilities along the corridor.
The Russley/Memorial Interchange will have Russley Road (SH1) passing over Memorial Ave, this will separate the state highway traffic from traffic moving between the City and the Airport. People accessing the airport will have significantly less traffic to deal with - reducing delays and improving safety.
Memorial Ave is the main route for pedestrians and cyclists to the airport, and they will have dedicated space through the intersection providing a significant improvement for accessibility and safety. This will also be the main route for public transport into the airport.
An additional airport access point will be provided south of Avonhead Road. It will be a grade separated intersection (one road going over the other on a bridge)