Motorway linkingCarrick and Belfastwas in the pipeline

A motorway was to be constructed between Carrick and Belfast at a cost of £5 million, according to a report in the East Antrim Times in November 1963.

The report stated that approval had been given in principle to the project by Antrim County Council independently of the government.

It was suggested that the route would run along the upper side of the Belfast to Larne railway through Newtownabbey along the rear of the Courtaulds factory and finish at Kilroot near the new ICI factory.

A council official said that approval had been given for the project although the Ministry of Home Affairs, which would usually be responsible for motorway development, was not interested.

A spokesman for County Antrim Council stressed that the idea was still at a tentative stage, adding that those behind the project were investigating a link up with the north approach road at Whitehouse.”

Councillor David Boyd, chairman, of Newtownabbey Urban Council, said the cost of developing the existing road was “far too great in view of the property fronting it”.