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Minister Murphy visits £152million A1 dual carriageway scheme site

27 February, 2008

Sinn Féin Roads Minister Conor Murphy visited the site where the new £152million A1 Beech Hill to Cloghogue dual carriageway is being constructed around Newry, Co Down.

The Minister saw, first hand, the work being undertaken to construct this Strategic Road Improvement Scheme on the Belfast to Dublin Road.

He said:

"This major scheme will complete the dualling of the main Belfast to Dublin road and will deliver reduced congestion, better journey times and improved safety."

The project forms part of Roads Service's Design Build Finance Operate (DBFO) - Package 2 contract awarded to Amey Lagan Roads Limited and announced by the Minister in December 2007. Construction work is being carried out by a joint venture of Lagan Construction Limited and Ferrovial Agroman (Ireland) Limited.

The contract also includes construction of two overbridges and two underpasses on the A1 between Hillsborough and Loughbrickland; the A4 Dungannon to Ballygawley dual carriageway scheme; and single carriageway realignments of the A4 at Annaghilla and A5 at Tullyvar.

Notes to Editors:

  1. The overall capital value, including construction, land and preparation costs is £316million.
  2. Improvements on the A1 have a capital cost of some £182million:
  • A1 Beechill to Cloghogue dual carriageway scheme

Dualling of approximately 12.1km of the A1 between Beechill and Cloghogue to a high quality dual carriageway standard incorporating fully grade separated junctions, central median safety barrier and a hard shoulder. The alignment between Sheepbridge and Camlough Road is largely off-line while the stretch between Camlough Road and Cloghogue is on line.

  • A1 Junction Improvements

Provision of overbridge or underpass at four junctions - Dromore Road, Hillsborough, Banbridge Road, Dromore, Dromore Road, Banbridge, and Dublin Road, Loughbrickland, are also included in this package.

Other improvements are:

  • Dualling A4 from Dungannon to Ballygawley;
  • Single carriageway improvements to the A4 at Annaghilla;
  • Single carriageway improvements to the A5 at Tullyvar.

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