Department of Justice Interface Programme

Here you will find information on the DoJ led interface programme.

The Interface Programme has been established to deliver the commitment made by the Northern Ireland Executive to remove all Interface structures by 2023 under the Together: Building a United Community Strategy. This headline action is anchored within the strategy’s key priority of Our Safe Community, and is also linked to other Executive Strategies;

  • Community Safety Strategy – to seek agreement to reduce number of interface structures
  • New draft Programme for Government further commits to T:BUC delivery (previously PFG 68 – to actively seek local agreement to reduce the number of peace walls)
  • Fresh Start – contribute to conditions enabling peace walls removal through confidence and relationship building

The Department of Justice (DOJ) is the lead department in delivering this key commitment. 

Interface Structures

The Interface programme focuses on the structures which the DoJ are responsible for, currently numbering 50, and in addition structures put up by the NI Housing Executive at 15 Locations. These structures are in Belfast, Derry/L’Derry, Portadown and Lurgan.

Interface Programme Governance Structure

Ministerial Panel     

  • To be confirmed

T:BUC Engagement Forum                        

Good Relations Programme Board

Together: Building a United Community provided for the establishment of a Good Relations Programme Board comprising senior officials from all Government Departments who act as senior responsible owners for the various aspects of the Strategy’s delivery. Programme Board meetings occur on a quarterly basis.

Interface Programme Board                        

Interface Inter-Agency Group

DoJ Interface Team

DoJ Interface Team is

"working with communities to address physical barriers of division"

We do this by

  • increasing cross departmental working and collaboration with all stakeholders
  • facilitating communications between government and community groups to create an environment for physical and social change
  • supporting the development of increased community confidence in safety and develop new initiatives to deliver on the T:BUC 2023 target
  • supporting work which seeks to increase capacity at community level
  • supporting communities to reduce community tensions
  • maintenance of existing structures and reducing the number of interface structures

Area Managers

Action plans to be added as separate documents in due course, Contact details as below

  • North Belfast:  028 9052 3784
  • East Belfast:  028 9052 3783
  • West Belfast: 028 9052 3784
  • Portadown/Lurgan & Derry/ L’Derry:   028 9052 3782
  • Communications Manager:                028 9052 3781

Email:interfaces@justice-ni.x.gsi.gov.uk

Facebook: @DoJInterfaces  

Twitter: @DoJ_Interfaces 

Instagram:    DoJ_Interfaces                    

Location Type of Access Opening Hours Current Status
 
North Howard Street Vehicular and pedestrian

Monday to Saturday between 0630 and 1830 hrs  

closed on Sundays

Gates operate as normal
Northumberland Street Vehicular and pedestrian gates

Monday to Saturday between 0630 and 1830 hrs

Sunday between 1000 and 1500 hrs

Gates operate as normal
Townsend Street Vehicular and pedestrian gates

Mondays to Thursdays between 0700 and 1730 hrs,

Fridays between 0700 to 1800 hrs

Closed on Saturday and Sunday

Gates operate as normal

Lanark Way

Vehicular and pedestrian gates

Open daily between 0700 and 2230 hrs Gates operate as normal
Workman Avenue Pedestrian gate only

Open daily between 0700 and 2100 hrs

Gates operate as normal
Adam Street Pedestrian gate only

Monday to Friday between 0900 and 1730 hrs

Closed on Saturday and Sunday

Gates operate as normal
Graymount Pedestrian gate only Open daily between 0700 and 1930 hrs Gates operate as normal
Hallidays Road North Side Pedestrian gate only

Monday to Saturday between 0700 and1730 hrs

Sunday between 0900 and 1330 hrs

Gates operate as normal
Hallidays Road South Side Pedestrian gate only

Monday to Friday between  0700 and1800 hrs

Closed Saturday and Sunday

Gates operate as normal
Lepper Street, Duncairn Gardens Pedestrian gate only

Monday to Friday between 0700 and 1800 hrs

Closed Saturday and Sunday

Gates operate as normal
Macrory Church laneway, Duncairn Gardens Pedestrian gate only

Monday to Friday between 0700 and 1800 hrs

Closed Saturday and Sunday

Gates operate as normal
Navarra Place Pedestrian gate only

Open daily between 0700 and 1800 hrs

Gates operate as normal
Kells Avenue Pedestrian gate only

Open daily between 0700 and 1900 hrs

Gates operate as normal
Bishop Street Area, Derry/L'derry Pedestrian gate only

Open daily between 0700 and 2100 hrs

Gates operate as normal

From time to time DoJ receives requests for extended opening of security gates. Please see below further information and protocol for Ad Hoc Opening.

Ad Hoc Opening Protocol    

Interface Related Publications

2017

Belfast Interface Project

2016

Growing Up on an Interface

Peace walls and barrier removal

Residential segregation, dividing walls and mental health 

Cost of Division

2015

Public Attitudes to Peace Walls

Removing Peace Walls and Public Policy 1

Removing Peace Walls and Public Policy 2

Removing Peace Walls and Public Policy 3

2012

Belfast Interfaces

 

 

 

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