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Good progress on £12 million investment in Derry

7 November, 2007

Sinn Féin Regional Development Minister Conor Murphy has welcomed Roads Service's progress on investment totalling £12million in Derry City Council area this year.

Speaking ahead of tonight's meeting between Roads Service and Derry City Council, the Minister said:

"The preferred corridor of the proposed dualling of the A6 between Dungiven and Derry, (which includes a bypass of Dungiven), has been chosen and was presented to the public at various Community Information events in September. Civil Engineering Consultants have now been appointed to examine potential road alignments within this corridor. Roads Service would hope to announce a 'preferred route' for the proposed dualling in spring 2009.

"A public inquiry was held in March regarding the proposed dualling of the A2 between Maydown and City of Derry Airport. My Department has received the Inspector's report and is giving it consideration before announcing the way ahead for the scheme.

"Two other major schemes are now well under construction in the Derry City area:

The £4.5m Skeoge Link, which commenced in April, is progressing well and is due for completion in early spring 2008. When constructed it will complete the strategic route from Foyle Bridge through to Buncrana Road and on to Donegal, removing through traffic from Glengalliagh Road; and

The £1.6m Crescent Link dualling, which commenced in April, is expected to be completed by the end of November. This is the third and final phase of the dualling of the Crescent Link and, when completed, will provide a continuous dual carriageway from Altnagelvin Roundabout, across the Foyle Bridge to the Culmore Roundabout. "

The Minister added:

"Other schemes which have already been completed in the Derry City area this financial year include 1.4km of resurfacing on the A6 Glenshane Road, Drumahoe at a cost of £460,000 and various traffic management measures in the city such as a new pelican crossing on Rock Road at the University and an extension to the existing Masonic Car Park at the top of Bishop Street to provide an additional 58 parking spaces." ENDS

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