Foyle Bridge to close next week for filming

Derry’s Foyle Bridge is be closed next week to facilitate the making of a new feature film.

The bridge is to be closed during evenings and overnight after the Department for Regional Development gave the move the green light.

A DRD Roads Service spokesperson said: “Filming will take place during late evening (anytime after 7pm) at which time the road will be closed until 6am in the morning. The impact on traffic will be minimal and diversions will be signposted.”

The film, with a working title “Limbo” is being made with the assistance of Northern Ireland Screen, the Irish Film Board and BBC Northern Ireland. Set during New Year’s Eve, the movie will feature landmark streets in Derry, including Shipquay Street and Waterloo Street. The film is being produced by Brendan J. Byrne of the Secret Life of Words fame.

Derry City Council staff were yesterday busy erecting Christmas lights in the city centre to facilitate filming. Filming is set to take place Monday, March 14.

The bridge will be closed from next Monday until Saturday to all vehicles at the following times: Monday 19:00 - Tuesday 03:00; Tuesday 19:00 - Wednesday 06:30; Wednesday 19:00 - Thursday 06:30; Thursday 19:00 - Friday 06:30; Friday 22:00 - Saturday 08:00; Saturday 22:00 - Sunday 08:00

Mayor Colum Eastwood said the council was more than happy to assist as the film would raise the city’s profile.